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Johannesburg In A Nutshell: Soweto, Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum

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Key Highlights
  • Experience the thrill of descending into the belly of the earth in a gold mining shaft!
  • Enter a 19th century mining village, try your luck in the casino and sample authentic African cuisine
  • Trace the grim history of racial segregation in the Apartheid Museum
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    Approx. 9 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0900h (9:00am)
    Duration: Approx. 9 hours

    Meeting Point

    Sandton hotels in Johannesburg.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details. If your hotel is not a pick-up location, you will be advised of the closest pick-up point. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Johannesburg with your local activity operator)

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Johannesburg brings together a unique combination of history, culture and merriment. The humble house of South Africa’s former President, Nelson Mandela, called the Mandela Family Museum at Soweto is its star attraction. The museum displays an assortment of memorabilia, pictures and paintings of the world’s most famous former prisoner – Nelson Mandela. See the memorial of Hector Pieterson who became the symbol of youth resistance to apartheid.

    Visit the famous Gold Reef City, a theme park built to replicate an old mining town, and offering umpteen options to unwind. Try your luck at the casino or take a trip into the interior of earth to witness demonstrations on how gold was mined in the good old days.

    A trip to the Apartheid Museum brings alive the dark days of Africa’s past. See full-blown photographs, metal cages and audio visual displays of apartheid scenes here.

    Take this tour for a comprehensive introduction to the pulsating city of Johannesburg.


    You will be picked up from your hotel/closest pick-up point and taken in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle for a tour of Soweto, Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum. A professional English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Soweto: Your first stop will be at this largest township in South Africa, situated just 15 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg.

    Your coach will drive you past African merchants of traditional medicines, a typical four-roomed dwelling, an informal settlement, affluent suburbs, a creche and an old-age home.

    The other highlights of this tour include:
    Mandela House: This is a small house where Nelson Mandela lived with his first wife. See a collection of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family.

    Hector Peterson Memorial: A tribute to the 13-year old boy who was killed during the student uprising in Soweto.

    • Celebrity houses in a plush suburb called Beverly Hills, where Soweto's professionals live, from attorneys, doctors, journalists, teacher, social workers and musicians to sports personalities.

    Your visit will also include a full view of Soweto from the vicinity of Baragwanath Hospital, the largest in the world.

    Gold Reef City: Spend some enjoyable hours in this fascinating theme park in Johannesburg, built to replicate an old mining town. Enjoy the abundance of recreational activities here or try your luck at the 24-hour open casinos.

    You will also be taken on an exciting trip into the belly of earth (220 meters down) to witness demonstrations on how gold was mined in the bygone era.

    Watch the colourfully draped tribal dancers swaying to the tune of traditional African music. You could sample authentic African delicacies at one of the theme restaurants (own expense). The speciality shops at the Art and Crafts Centre houses amazing art works which you can take home as a souvenir.

    Apartheid Museum: The tour then continues to the Apartheid Museum. Entry cards are assigned based on the colour of your skin and you’ll enter through steel gates specifically allocated to you. See a room filled with white rope nooses, each one used for the 121 ‘politicals’ hanged by the apartheid regime. You will also come across posters and T-shirts from the first democratic elections. Using film, text, audio and live accounts, the museum paints a vivid picture of life under apartheid and the struggle of Nelson Mandela and hundreds of South Africans for equality.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel/closest drop-off point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
    • Experienced English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fees to all areas as stipulated in the program
    • Guided tour of Soweto, Gold Reef City and Apartheid Museum
    • Meals
    • Entrance fees to areas not included in the tour program
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details between office hours 08:00am - 5:00pm. If you cannot do that and are in flight you can confirm via email a few days before the time.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Public liability and passenger liability - R 50 Million

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