At a glance
- Tours: 2 Day Tour of Joburg
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- Day 1:
- Artists' District of Melville
- Mueller Stadium to enjoy the Skylines of Johannesburg
- Apartheid Museum
- Evening program with Jazz, Musical/Theatre
- Day 2:
- Oriental Plaza
- Diagonal Street, De Beers Diamond building
- Muti store - African Pharmacy
- Star Newspaper Building
- ANC Headquarter
- National Library
- Town Hall
- Hollard Street Complex
- Maboneng district
- Soweto - Diepkloof extention entrance
- Baragwanath Hospital
- Regina Mundi Catholic Church
- Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum
- Transfer from/to the airport
- Apartheid Museum Entrance Fee
- Evening program tickets
- I will personally pick you up at your hotel in Johannesburg. Unfortunately I cannot pick you up from the airport "O.R. Tambo" or Pretoria and Kempton Park. Therefore you might want to consider to take the train to Rosebank, Hyatt Hotel, and I will gladly pick you up from there.
Day 1 –
Atamela’s 2 Day Tour begins with an in-depth visit to Sandton and Alexandra, the richest and poorest sections of the city. Riding through the opulence of Sandton, you will see how the most well-to-do residents live. As you leave, you will immediately enter Alexandra, called “Alex” by the residents. You will visit two shanty homes and interact with the residents to find out how they cope with their extreme poverty and the oppressive living conditions — no water and very cramped space.
This tour through Sandton and Alexandra, Jo’burg city center and Soweto will show in stark reality the inequalities that still exist. As you visit the people, you will be amazed at how these two communities embody the freedom and reconciliation that was won at such a high price.
Then you will explore the fascinating “City of Gold” – Johannesburg, South Africa. With the stunning panoramic view of Johannesburg from the Bidvest Stadium at WITS as a backdrop, your local guide will relate the history of the gold strike that birthed a nation, the imperialism that threatened it, the discrimination that almost destroyed it, and the indomitable human spirit that saved it and made it free.
After a riding tour of downtown Johannesburg, including the famous historical Diamond Building, City Hall, and the Star newspaper building we proceed to Maboneng precinct, a destination on the eastern side of the city’s business district offering retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants mixed with residential, office and industrial spaces that appeal to a wide variety of people and businesses. A creative take on history, architecture, art and nature, as well as a place for people to proudly call home, Maboneng is the epicenter of the Joburg inner-city renaissance.
In the evening we have a program of either visiting a Jazz club or a theatre production
Day 2 –
Our day start off with the visit to the Apartheid Museum tells the story of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity this is in preparation of our Soweto visit
You will experience another stark contrast of lifestyles as you ride through Diepkloof Extension, the rich suburb, which is home to many professionals and millionaires en route to the thousands of modest homes and shanties that make up the bulk of the township.
At the entrance to Soweto, an introductory briefing on how and why Soweto was developed will help you feel the deep connection between Jo’Burg and Soweto.
You will see some of the first houses that were built in 1904 and are still standing, as well as the men’s hostel built during the mining era for men coming to Johannesburg to “strike it rich.” The “gold fever” that gripped the area had a deep effect on families of every race and lifestyle; your guide will point out the evidence of its continued influence.
Drive past the Orlando power station built to supply Johannesburg with electricity and not Soweto. Short stopover at Vista University. Stopover at Fred Clark ex Salvation Army training college and my first home in Soweto.
Stopover at Regina Mundi a Catholic Church that opened its doors for political meetings during apartheid. One of the church members will give us a tour of the church.
Continue towards Orlando East, the first township to be built in the 30’s. Drive through a few traffic circles of Orlando East planned by the regime to control and safeguard Soweto against the then so-called ‘terrorist’.
Drive past Hector Pieterson’s memorial the apparent first victim to be shot during the uprisings of 1976.
Visit Mandela Family House Museum at Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, this neighborhood used to be a home to many political activists like Desmond Tutu, Mandela, Sisulu to name a few.
Depart from Soweto back to the northern suburbs.
Throughout the tour your guide will share with you her life experiences, introduce you to her people, and you will finish your day with a warm feeling for the people and culture of South Africa.
Gold Reef CIty
Gold Reef City is a theme park built on the former site of the world's largest and deepest gold mine. Visitors can enjoy thrilling attractions such as white-water rides and rollercoasters including the Tower of Terror, as well as a mine tour that goes around 200 metres underground. The nearby Gold Mining Museum gives gold-casting demonstrations, while the Apartheid Museum provides an insight into what life was like during the Apartheid regime.
What was once a sleepy old-fashioned suburb, Melville is now a colourful neighbourhood with a bohemian and quirky character. Close by, a large park is the perfect spot to admire some of South Africa’s finest flora and fauna.
That's all you see
Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
Gold Reef City
Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum
Hector Pieterson Museum
Regina Mundi Catholic Church
Melville & Rosebank artistic districts
Skyline of Johannesburg
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Tour: 2 Day Tour of Joburg