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Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
Duration:
5 hours
From:
USD 153.29
Enjoy this 5-hour tour of the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. View cheetahs and other wildlife up-close and personal as your knowledgeable guide tells you all about them. Round-trip transport to and from your Johannesburg or Pretoria hotels is included.

Full-Day Lesedi Cultural Village Tour from Johannesburg

Full-Day Lesedi Cultural Village Tour from Johannesburg
Duration:
Flexible
From:
USD 156.35
Lesedi Cultural Village showcases the different tribes of South Africa and their indigenous cultures that will make you appreciate South Africa Culture. Home to various cultures and how they value traditional with a strong focus on how they live in the Village describing why culture is very important in the Africa environment. You will even get to sample some African for the various tribes built to the best of African original materials.

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Things to do in Johannesburg if you have a Johannesburg O R Tambo Airport Layover or Extended Johannesburg O R Tambo Airport Stopover


If you have an extended layover at the Johannesburg O R Tambo Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Johannesburg.LayoverIdeas.com.


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Tambo Airport is the gateway to a vibrant, interesting and notoriously dangerous city, but if you have planned your trip carefully and are always aware of yourself and your surroundings, you can get the most out of Johannesburg without encountering any of the crime for which it is so famous. With so many amazing attractions to choose from, a look into some of these below might give you an idea of what you could get up to next time you are passing through Johannesburg city.



Zoo Lake


Zoo Lake is a man made lake situated about 15 minutes from the centre of Johannesburg city. It is a popular destination for walkers, joggers, skateboarders and children, and there are leisurely activities available for everyone. You can take a stroll around the lake which will last about two hours, you can row out on the water, or have a lazy meal in the restaurant. Zoo lake is steeped in history and has many interesting facts to uncover as you explore. If you feel the need to unwind and stretch your legs, this is definitely the place to visit.



Johannesburg Botanic Garden


To indulge a need for colourful nature you could head to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens. There are over 30 000 trees and one of the finest plant collections in the world. The herb gardens are home to a wide variety of traditional African medicinal, culinary and cosmetic herbs. This is one of the most popular passive recreation areas for Jo’burgers to meet and relax and would be the perfect place to chill out before you head off to your next destination.



Johannesburg Zoo


If you want to get a feel for Africa but are only just around long enough for a meeting or two, head off to the Johannesburg Zoo for a concentrated wildlife experience. First established in 1904, the Johannesburg Zoo began a huge but necessary upgrading in 2004/5 and there are great plans for further development ahead. For a fantastic family day out or a quick indulgence into a wildlife wonderland, Johannesburg Zoo, is a great place to spend time before you leave this African city.



Shopping at Sandton City


Just 15 minutes from JNB Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport on the The Gautrain is the shopping Mecca of Sandton City. Offering all the top branded shops as well as eateries, kids entertainment, movies and more there is something at Sandton for everyone. You can indulge in your need for retail therapy, tantalise your taste buds with culinary delights, or relax in cinematic escapism at one of the latest releases. If you have many different ideals to attend to, Sandton is a great escape from JNB Johannesburg O R Tambo International Airport until you have to catch your connecting flight.



As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to Tambo Airport in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

 

Tip: Johannesburg does have high crime levels, though tourists are rarely targeted. Women should avoid walking alone. Ask locals, such as hotel staff and police, for guidance. Note that the armed security guards you see around the city are not police.

Johannesburg Attractions

City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off TourDuration:
1 or 2 days
From:
USD 13.75
Explore the sights of Johannesburg aboard a double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour! See and learn about top Johannesburg attractions including Constitution Hill, Ghandi Square, the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City Theme Park. Sightsee at your own pace by hopping on and off as many times as you like at any of the 12 stops around the city.

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Bicycle Tour of Soweto

Bicycle Tour of SowetoDuration:
2 hours
From:
USD 30.66
This short tour will let you experience day to day life in the township and the famous spots such as Nelson Mandela's house. <br />It will give you a brief but good inside into the history and daily life of black's in South Africa. All of this including stories about the struggle by black South Africans against Apartheid.

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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours

Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto ToursDuration:
1 or 2 days
From:
USD 32.08
Enjoy a 1- or 2-day Johannesburg combo that includes a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour and a comprehensive minibus tour of Soweto! Enjoy commentary from an onboard guide as you explore the notable area of Soweto, home to Mandela House, Orlando Towers, Kliptown Open Air Museum, FNB Stadium (Soccer City) and more. Use the hop-on hop-off tour ticket to explore the rest of Johannesburg by double-decker bus. See top Johannesburg attractions including Constitution Hill, Gandhi Square and the Apartheid Museum, and hop on and off to explore by foot.

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Soweto Bicycle Tour with Optional Bungee Jump

Soweto Bicycle Tour with Optional Bungee JumpDuration:
4 hours
From:
USD 38.32
A half day tour which gives you the opportunity to bungee jump in Soweto or just safely enjoy the view of the township from 100 meter above ground. You will encounter daily life in Soweto, see Nelson Mandela's house and hear stories about the struggle by black South Africans against Apartheid. You also experience 'the better life for all South Africans' after the first free elections in 1994.

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History Bicycle Tour of Soweto

History Bicycle Tour of SowetoDuration:
4 hours
From:
USD 38.32
This tour will let you experience day to day life in the township, from the first people living in Soweto up to today's flamboyant five star Soweto Hotel. You will visit a squatter camp and Regina Mundi church, see Nelson Mandela's house and hear stories about the struggle by black South Africans against Apartheid. You also experience 'the better life for all South Africans' starting after the first free elections in 1994.

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Apartheid Museum Tour in Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum Tour in JohannesburgDuration:
3 hours
From:
USD 45.99
Embark on an unique culture tour of the museum that illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid!

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Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided Tour

Johannesburg Zoo Half-Day Guided TourDuration:
Flexible
From:
USD 47.90
Johannesburg Zoo is located in Johannesburg Leafy Suburbs of Park View in Johannesburg North. Enjoy the different animal Exhibits that are located in these Zoo with fun for adults and the kids too. The zoo covers 55 hectares of land and was founded in 1904 as  a piece of land donated to the public in Johannesburg for recreational use by the firm of the late Hermann Ekstein. Hermain Ekstain was involved in the development of the mining town in Johannesburg. He had three million trees planted in an area which he christened sachsenwald now the suburb of Saxonwold north of Johannesburg.

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Half Day Soweto Tour

Half Day Soweto TourDuration:
3 to 6 hrs
From:
USD 52.42
SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, we visit the Kliptown Open Air Museum where delegates met in 1955 to adopt the Freedom Charter, now the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights and the South African Constitution. Our journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Our next stop is the Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; we pass Mandela House, and give you time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). Finally we take you past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final. Soweto is unlike a suburb you've ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African Story.

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Last Updated: 16 Dec 2016