THE APARTHEID MUSEUM TOUR
(Half day tour: ± 4 hours)
Departure time: 9:30 am and 14hrs
The Apartheid Museum is a museum in Johannesburg, South Africa illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. The Apartheid Museum allows visitors to experience the racial segregation that occurred during apartheid by separating them by racial appearance.The apartheid museum is a symbol of the democracy south africa has and diversity which was granted to the whole country in 1994.
PRETORIA CITY TOUR
(Half day tour: ± 5 hours)
Departure time: 9:00 am and 11:00 am
Pretoria, also popularly known as The Jacaranda City due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens, is one of South Africa’s three capital cities and a popular tourist destination among tourists from South Africa and abroad. The tour includes the visit to the historical Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, and the Union Buildings.
Stand on the slope at the Union Buildings and look towards the Pretoria CBD (central business district) and you will get a real idea of the number of official and historical buildings in town – there are some notable structures that dominate the skyline including the State Theatre and the Reserve Bank of South Africa with its famous office tower. There are historic buildings, monuments and museums that include the Pretoria City Hall (in front of it is one of the city’s most beautiful parks – Pretorius Square) and Church Square, which is also home to the statue of Paul Kruger, State President when the country was known as the South African Republic. This particular statue was commissioned by Sammy Marks, of Sammy Marks Museum fame (worth a visit in its own right, but east of the CBD in Zwartkoppies).
Just near Church Square in the CBD is the Transvaal Museum, the country’s leading natural history museum, which although it has changed venues a number of times, has been around since 1892 (take in the Discovery Centre for a hands-on experience of nature and science).
The tour also includes a visit to the Pretoria Zoo, which is anything but a series of caged animals, the Tshwane Tourism office in the building next to the Ou Raadsaal, Melrose House Museum in Jacob Maré Street, the National Cultural History Museum and Burgers Park, the oldest park in the city and now a national monument.
CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE TOUR
(Full day tour: ± 8 hours)
Departure time: 8:30 am
Exclusions: Children under 10 years are not allowed on this tour.
The underground mine tour combines the Surface tour and the tour of the working mine underground. You have the option to do a half day tour only for the surface tour of the mine or the underground diamond tour of the mine. The mine was discovered on a farm called Elandsfontein owned by Willem Prinsloo. The Cullinan Diamond Mine, also known as the Premier Diamond Mine, has uncovered some of the largest diamonds in the world today and the mine lies over one of the biggest kimberlite pipes in the world (kimberlite is named after Kimberley in South Africa and refers to a type of potassic volcanic rock known to contain diamonds).
The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the third richest diamond producing mine in South Africa, but its major claim to fame is the discovery of the Cullinan Diamond, exposed here in 1905. The Cullinan Diamond, which now forms part of the British crown jewels, weighed in at 3106 carats.
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JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR
(Half day tour: ± 4 hours)
Departure time: 9:30 am
Exclusions: Constitution Hill is closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Public holidays. The viewing deck is closed on Sunday afternoons and the Museum of Africa is closed on Mondays.
The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg is also the wealthiest and without doubt, the economic powerhouse of Africa. The tour of the Johannesburg city includes a visit of the constitutional hill which is the new home of the Constitution Court of South Africa built on the old fort that became a notorious prison. We take you through to Carlton centre where you get to the Top of Africa on the 50th floor to the viewing deck to get a holistic view of the city.
This tour takes you to the Museum of Africa which tells the story of Johannesburg and past the Nelson Mandela bridge into Braamfontein and the University of Witwatersrand leading through to Fordsburg to Oriental Plaza and the Mosque.
(Half day tour: ±3 hours)
Departure time: 9:00 am and 13h00
The name Soweto is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships and was only officially adopted in 1963. As the name suggests, Soweto lies to the south-west of Johannesburg. Soweto’s history became inexorably tied to the political events unfolding in South Africa, with the signing of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown in 1955. Today, Soweto covers an area of 200 square kilometres (77 square miles) and is a home to 2 million residents, which is roughly 40% of the population of Johannesburg.
The Soweto tour takes you through the following route:
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is the third largest hospital in the world. This hospital occupies around 173 acres (0.70 km2), with approximately 3200 beds and about 6760 staff members
- Baragwanath Taxi rank: The Baragwanath taxi rank is 1.4km-long and 50-metres wide and is one of the biggest and busiest rank in Gauteng. At least 1 000 taxis, managed by 12 associations, 20 bus bays and 500 street traders serve the thousands of feet that make their way through the rank on a daily basis.
- Regina Mundi Church: Regina Mundi is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. The Latin ‘Reginae Mundi’
means “Queen of the World” and refer to the Virgin Mary. The Church first wrote its name in South Africa’s history books during apartheid, when it opened its doors to anti-apartheid groups and provided shelter to activists. It was during the June 16,1976 student uprisings, protesting students fled to Regina Mundi from Orlando Stadium to escape the police’s bullets and teargas canisters. The police followed the students into the church, firing live ammunition and damaging the marble altar and crucifix. Bullet holes are still visible in the church ceiling and damaged marble stand provide tangible evidence of the violence of these police raids and the ensuring rush to evacuate the building.
- Hector Pietersen Memorial & Museum: The Memorial and Museum were established in order to honor the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid
- The Mandela Family Museum: This is the house of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa
- Vilakazi Street: Vilakazi Street is a well-known street in Soweto, Johannesburg. It is the only street in the world that has housed two Nobel-Prize winners, the late Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Currently, it has become a tourist and local’s attraction, with public art, memorials and benches. Visitors are able to experience this street as a place to just saunter whilst taking pleasure in the freshly planted trees and just really admire artwork by South African artists. The street also has a variety of restaurants where tourist are able to experience some African cuisine.
GOLD REEF CITY TOUR
(Half day tour: ± 5 hours)
Departure time: 9:00 am and 11:45 am Wednesdays to Sundays during school days
Available daily on school holidays
Exclusions: Pregnant women and children under 6 years are not allowed. Visitors who are claustrophobic or with high or low blood pressure are not permitted. Visitors must wear shoes at all times during the tour.
Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand, the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period. There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how real gold is poured into. There are many attractions at Gold Reef City, including water rides, roller coasters and the famous Gold Reef City Casino.