What to do and see in Joburg

What to do and see in Joburg

Visitors are always so pleasantly surprised at how much there is to do and see in Joburg. If you want a quick overview of this fast-paced city of contrasts, take the Johannesburg Red City Tour (on an open double-decker bus). If bought on–line a one day ticket costs R120 and the bus stops at many of the places recommended below. Check their website for their route. There are 12 stops on a circular route so you need to check the direction of the stops. The bus departs every 30 mins Sat – Mon and every 40 mins Tues- Fri. Although you can join the tour anywhere, probably the best place to join it is at Gold Reef City where the ticket office is and there is ample parking.

There is an excellent guide to what’s on Joburg published every 4 months. It is comprehensive, up to date and gives a real insider’s take on Joburg. Well worth checking out the on-line version http://beta.inyourpocket.com/johannesburg. A paper copy is always available for you to take away with you from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse.

End your days with dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants. Visitors often comment on the excellent standard of restaurants in Johannesburg.

Day 1

If you want to get to know the city and its sites and surrounds better, then arrange take one of the several walking tours on offer: Apart from taking any one of these walking tours (highly recommended) you could also use the Red City Bus to see some of the sites below. Or if you want more flexibility and do not have your own car you can always arrange transport with Zac who works at Liz at Lancaster and, although not a tour guide, is a registered transport provider.

Day 2

There are several museums several of which are in Braamfontien. These can be visited on a self-guided basis:

Day 3

Soweto and the Apartheid Museum You’ll need another day if you want to go to Gold Reef City.

Day 4

Day 5

If you are going on a safari and you’ve been to Origins Centre, then you can leave out days 5 and 6!

Cradle of Humankind

Day 6

Day 7

End your days with dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants. Visitors often comment on the excellent standard of restaurants in Johannesburg. Markets have become increasingly popular in Joburg:
And there's a lot more, depending on your interests. A day in Pretoria; time to browse through some of the books on local history, art and heritage in Liz's library; contemporary art galleries; the Botanical Gardens; a local play at the Joburg Theatre and/or the Market theatre; major Shopping at one of the Malls like Rosebank or Sandton; and relax for a while in Mandela Square; make the most of one or more of the 8 golf course nearby; join the Zoo walk on a Sunday morning; people watch at a pavement café... guests always leave saying they wished they’d planned more time in Joburg.