Explore the New York of Africa with our born and bred local guides. This jam packed day takes you to Soweto, The Apartheid Museum and the City of Johannesburg.
When you book this tour R50 is donated to the Motsoaledi informal settlement. Feel free to bring food and old clothes for donation.
We will pick you up and drop you off ANYWHERE in Johannesburg!
Departure/Return Location: Any hotel/address in Johannesburg
Departure Time: Daily departures starting at 9:00am
Return Time: Approximately 18:30pm
This Tour is for those who want to see as much as possible in a day in Johannesburg.
You get to see the best of Soweto, the very moving Apartheid Museum and some of the high lights of central Johannesburg. Lunch can be arranged [for own account] somewhere in between your busy program.
On this full day tour, your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto. The tour will take you deep into township culture, so you can personally experience Soweto, the vibrant and lively sister city of Johannesburg.
On our way to Soweto we pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. We enter the Diepkloof area, where we will take a walk down dusty paths, past fences made of bed springs and detritus, vendors selling just about anything and interact with some of the locals. You drive through the affluent suburb of Orlando West and walk down busy Vilakazi Street, past the former home of two Nobel Peace Prize Winners, Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. For a fee you can enter the Mandela Museum [for own account] and learn a little about this larger than life man. As the Hector Pieterson Museum you will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. This evocative museum pays tribute to all the children and adults who lost their lives during this infamous time in our history.
By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. We drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end our tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
After Lunch we visit the world famous Apartheid Museum. From the moment you arrive you are introduced to the concept of 'separateness', as you are handed a coloured card which gives you entrance through one of two turn-stiles: either "Whites" or "Blacks". This moving and evocative display tells the story of this shameful period of our country and gives an understanding of what apartheid South Africa was really like.
Then we head off to downtown Johannesburg. We take you to the top sites Johannesburg has to offer. Lookout for some of the Colonial and Art Deco buildings as you cruise through the busy streets. Some of the areas our tour passes through are Hillbrow , Central Johannesburg, Braamfontein and Newtown.
We start your introduction to Jozi with a view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. We then enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session). Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg.
On our way to Newtown we pass by the longest southern African bridge, named Nelson Mandela bridge. At Mary Fitzgerald Square you can walk on
the Jazz Walk of Fame.
We end this tour with a visit to the Carlton Centre, also known as the ‘Top of Africa’. There a lift will elevate you 50 stories for an amazing and total view over the city. In short, this tour offers you a unique Johannesburg experience at an affordable rate.
Relax back in the vehicle and ponder the experiences of the day as your guide navigates the busy roads back to your place of departure.
Professional guide for the duration of the tour
Hector Pieterson Museum
Regina Mundi Church
Visit to Vilakazi Street
Visit to Mandela House (entrance fee excluded)
Visit to Freedom Square
Personal guided tour of Constitutional Hill
Entrance into the “Top of Africa”
1 day notice: 100% charge
7 days notice: 25% charge
Departure: Collection from hotel/guest house in and around Johannesburg
Time: 8h30 to 9h30
Duration: 8 hours
Collection in an air-conditioned vehicle with WiFi
Transfer to Soweto
See the highlights of this vibrant city
Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
Visit Nelson Mandela's house [entrance fee for own account]
Visit the Apartheid Museum
Drive through Johannesburg
Visit Constitution Hill
Cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge
Return to your hotel/guest house late afternoon
Shauna (Johannesburg) 29-07-2019
What a fun day. My grand daughter and I spent a most interesting day with a helpful guide and some excited foreigners, exploring our own city - and enjoying every moment. Was a treat to be collected from our home and dropped back there later. My grand daughter was amazed to learn some of the reality of Apartheid and what it meant, in suffering, indignity and loss of life, to many South Africans. Thank you Mo Africa for a great experience.
James (Johannesburg - South Africa) 10-12-2018
Awesome friendly tour guide who kept us laughing throughout the whole tour, loved the shopping at the informal market. Cant wait do it again!
Barry (Sandton - South Africa) 09-01-2019
Was great value for money tour, especially when they came out to my hotel in Sandton to pick me up and then drop me off! Next time i will be doing the full day tour with the same guide.... Even when the weather was bad
Einar (Reykjavic - Iceland) 15-02-2019
Had only heard about Soweto on TV during apartheid days, was amazing seeing it first had and meeting all the friendly people! The guide was really nice and picked us up at our hotel and then dropped us off at the airport which was a huge bonus!
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