Jozi. Egoli. Place of Gold. And the heartbeat of South Africa.
- Built on the discovery of gold, today it continues to produce its own unique treasures. Its passion.
- Its pride. Its endless possibilities.
- Discover the energy of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
- Feel the spirit of its people in powerful monuments, echoing with the past.
- Hear the rhythm of its music, from sophisticated jazz to urban kwaito.
- See its beauty – from its unmistakable skyline to the unspoilt splendour of the untamed bush.
- Feast on a fusion of flavours in the shebeens of Soweto and the upmarket bistros of Sandton.
- Jozi sizzles through all four seasons.
- One city. A thousand experiences.
- Enough to leave you breathless?
- Diverse in culture, colour and heritage, Joburg will steal your heart. And awaken your soul.
- An unforgettable, non-stop adventure.
Waiting for you!!!
Welcome to Johannesburg - the heartbeat of South Africa. Joburg is the economic and cultural centre of South Africa, where people work hard and play harder! Everyone is on the move, from doing business to hitting the city's nightspots until late. Johannesburg is a dynamic cosmopolitan city with great places to eat and interesting sites to visit.
On this tour in and around Johannesburg, you will stay in a beautiful guest house that will make feel right at home.
The days will be spent visiting all the wonderful and interesting places, and your evenings to enjoy all the theater has to offer and nightlife to make you want to go on till the next morning.
The following are some of the places that we will take you to see and marvel at the vibrant African culture and western sophistication.
PICNIC OR STROLL IN A BOTANICAL GARDEN
Pack a picnic for a laidback afternoon or walk through the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort. Home to a pair of black eagles that nest on the rock face alongside the Witpoortjie Waterfall, it has a variety of succulent plants, cycads, wetlands and ponds with water-loving plants. It is open 8am-6pm daily, with no entry after 5pm. You can arrange for guided tours. A Biodiversity and Rare Fair is being held there this weekend, featuring interesting and unusual plants on sale, children's entertainment, life sciences and biodiversity careers information, guided walks, wildlife displays and demonstrations.
GO TO A FOOD MARKET
As you look over arts and crafts, feast at stalls stocking anything from cheeses and pickles to pastries and honey. There are several food markets on our doorstep:
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is open 9am-3pm on Thursday and Saturday. It is on the premises of Michael Mount Waldorf School, Culross Road (off Main Road), Bryanston.There are crafts and home-made deli food with live music.
Blubird Whole Food Market is open every Sunday, 9am to 2pm. It is at the Blubird Shopping Centre, Athol Oaklands Road, off Corlett Drive in Birnam. Besides culinary fare, it supplies earthworms for composting and sells bio-friendly detergents.
Irene Village Market happens on the second and last Saturday of each month, 9am to 2pm. It has a tea garden, food stalls, original art and craft merchandise, and entertainment for kids such as pony and camel rides.
It is at Jan Smuts House, Jan Smuts Lane, Irene, Pretoria (40km north of Johannesburg).
VISIT THE TEAK PLACE
Highly recommended by The Star's Angela Day, who visited this countryside venue early in the year. It's a great place to get away at the weekend and offers activities for children including tractor rides, play area, a BMX track and a petting park. The venue also has a pet-shop, two restaurants and an organic vegetable garden, from which visitors can pick and pay for a basket of fresh vegetables.
OUTING TO A VILLAGE
The Ngwenya Glass Village, about 20 minutes from Joburg, is an ideal place to spend a warm afternoon. The quiet spot offers a playground for kids, quaint shops for browsing, good food at Zest restaurant or a drink at Gilroy's Brewery. It is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 4.30pm. Glass-blowing is demonstrated only on the last full weekend of the month.
DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Escape the heat by venturing into one of Gauteng's museums. There are dozens which you can Google, but two that are highly recommended are the Apartheid Museum and the Origins Centre.
Apartheid Museum is a must-see for tourists and locals alike. It offers a multi-sensory journey through the rise and fall of apartheid. It is on the corner of Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, Ormonde, and is open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday.
The Origins Centre explores the history of humankind in Africa. There are important exhibits of rock art, and visitors can experience the San/Bushman trance dance. It is on the corner of Yale and Enoch Sontonga streets, Wits University, Braamfontein, and is open 9am-5pm from Monday to Sunday.
EXPLORE YOUR ORIGINS
The Maropeng Visitor Centre is at the centre of the World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind. It has won awards for its interactive displays focusing on the origins of the human race, and will be enjoyed by both adults and kids.
APPRECIATE THE SCIENCES
The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in southern Africa, and offers a host of interactive displays to heighten the experience of science and technology to children and adults alike. It is on the corner of Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown, and is open 9am-5pm during the week but closes at 4.30pm on weekends and public holidays.
JOBURG ART GALLERY
Truly an oasis of art and beauty in the heart of Joubert Park, the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), with its vast permanent collection and interesting exhibitions, is well worth a visit.
WILDLIFE IN THE SUBURBS
Yes, they're right on our doorstep. So don a hat and sturdy shoes and visit them.
Lory Park in Midrand is home to more than 130 different species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Birds of prey include the Jackal Buzzard and the American Bald Eagle. There are also tigers, pumas and lions. Owners Eddy and Matty van Eck want to offer a holistic learning experience to children and to educate them on the rehabilitation of the environment.
Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary is situated on 10ha of indigenous forest in Hartbeespoort. A privately owned sanctuary recently opened to the public, it offers visitors tours on elevated wooden walkways through the forest to see the exotic monkeys. Tours are held 9am to 12pm and 12pm to 4pm daily.
Rietfontein Nature Reserve, a 25ha green space, has small game such as duiker and klipspringer, 138 species of birds and a variety of indigenous trees. Its trails offer an easy hour and a half hike. You can bring a picnic basket. It is at 138 Holkam Road, Paulshof, off Witkoppen Road, and is open weekdays from 7.30am-5pm.
Who would have thought that such a place existed in Joburg? The venue offers a number of fun and interesting mazes for families (children have to be accompanied by an adult) to explore, such as a green maze made from indigenous plants, an elemental maze made from reed walls, and rope maze. For older children and adults, there's also the option of the Moonlight Mazes, generally held every two weeks or so, usually on a Saturday evening. But booking for this is essential. The venue also offers a game of Bocces - a precision sport that closely resembles bowls and pétanque. A coffee shop on the site sells crisps, filled rolls, and drinks. It is open 10am-5pm on weekends, with the last entry to the mazes at 2.45pm.
Elephant Sanctuary - Hartbeespoort Dam
Nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains, 1 hour from Johannesburg in a Malaria-free area. The Sanctuary is home to various buck and species of mammals and a very visible family of meerkats.
The Elephant Sanctuary offers an exciting, fully comprehensive elephant experience. We offer an exclusive, ‘hands-on', educationally oriented experience with African Elephants. Touch, feel, brush down and feed these wonderful creatures.
African Craft Market - Rosebank, Johannesburg
The Rosebank African Craft Market offers a fine selection of quality African arts & crafts, including wooden masks and carvings, indigenous beadwork, dolls, and baskets at very reasonable prices. The adjacent Rosebank Rooftop Market also has lots of fashionable clothing, quality ceramics, antiques, second-hand books and other collectibles.
Museum of South African Rock Art and Geological Collections – Johannesburg
With numerous castings as well as genuine artifacts, this museum offers new insights into the previously misunderstood study of ancient cultures. While it was believed that the rock paintings by the Khoi and San peoples, as well as others, were simply depictions of the hunting way of life, we now understand them to indicate shamanic trances and mystical happenings. An intriguing glimpse into one of South Africa's oldest cultures
Voortrekker Monument – Pretoria
The Voortrekker Monument is a national icon for Afrikaans South Africans. Particularly on December 16, the anniversary of the battle at the Blood River, Afrikaners from all over the country stream to the Voortrekker Monument to commemorate the - in their view - most important event in the history of South Africa.
The Building is constructed in such a way that just on that day at 12 noon a ray of sunlight falls onto the Shrine of Honor in the Heroes’ Hall. It bears the inscription: "Ons vir jou, Zuid Afrika!" (We for you, South Africa!).
The Union Buildings – Pretoria
As one of the best known architectural accomplishments of Sir Herbert Baker, the Union Buildings in Pretoria is still a popular tourist attraction apart from its practical application in modern day South African politics. Although the Union Building is not open to the public, you can visit the gardens surrounding the President’s offices. The well manicured gardens surrounding the building and the impressive steps leading up to the entrance of the Union Buildings provide the perfect backdrop for memorable pictures.
Cheetah Breeding Facility – de Wildt
The de Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre are situated nearby Hartbeespoort Dam at the base of the Magaliesberg of North West Province South Africa. This amazing Centre has become renowned for its efforts in breeding and researching endangered species, particularly their accomplishments in preventing the extinction of cheetahs. De Wildt provides visitors with a unique experience allowing tourists and travelers to get up close to cheetah, wild dog, antelope, brown hyena, vultures and owls. This is an educational adventure you do not want to miss.
Apartheid Museum – Johannesburg
Just 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport or 20 minutes from Sandton, discover the true history of South Africa. Whoever you are, you cannot but come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this country, its darkest days and its brightest triumphs.
Cullinan Diamond Mine – Pretoria
The charming mining village of Cullinan, located east of Pretoria, gained world-wide attention with the discovery of an incredible 3000-carat stone in 1905. Dubbed the Cullinan Diamond. It is the largest uncut diamond ever found. A large stone cut from the Cullinan Diamond was called 'The Star of Africa' and is part of the British Crown Jewels. The Cullinan Diamond Mine is also the third richest diamond producing mine in South Africa. Over the years more that 120 million carats have been mined here. Visit this still-operational mine to fully appreciate the sweat and blood it takes to produce these brilliant gems. You can also buy some excellent diamonds and trinkets on display at the Cullinan Diamond Mine Market. Let the brilliance of diamonds at South Africa’s Cullinan Diamond Mine dazzle you.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden – Johannesburg
Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden (previously called the Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden) covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld. The history of the Garden shows that it was founded in 1982, but has been a popular venue for outings since the 1800's.
The natural vegetation of the area is known as the "Rocky Highveld Grassland" and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. A list of naturally occurring trees is available. The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species. View the seasonal highlights. Breeding pair of majestic Verreaux’s Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. The Garden is home to an abundance of wildlife. Together with the other 220 bird species, there are also a number of reptile and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal, which occur naturally in the Nature Reserve. Several short walks run through the Garden and the surrounding natural areas. The JCI Geological Trail gives visitors the opportunity to not only walk along the Roodekrans Ridge and in the Nature Reserve portion of the Garden, but also to learn something about the fascinating geology of the area. Guided tours can be arranged for groups. (Also see the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town)
SA Mint (Home of the Kruger Rand) – Midrand
The name says it all! Coin World. This is where the oldest and newest coins are to be found. Among the exhibits the museum boasts the oldest working mint press in the world. There are also displays of South African coins, including the first Kruger rand ever minted. The field tour section, Coin walk, hosts tours (under 12's not permitted) through the museum which last for about one and half hours.
Ngiri Safaris Horse trail - Pretoria
The rides can be done virtually at any of the lodges in the area, as we have a horsebox to transport the horses. They currently ride on an 850 hectare game farm.
Clay Pigeon shooting – Pretoria
Monte Casino Bird park – Johannesburg
The Monte Casino Bird Gardens, houses a collection of over 142 African Cycads species, the biggest in the world, and in total, over 1 000 reptiles, small animals and birds. All the animals are housed in their natural surroundings, and the walk through aviary, is the largest exhibit in Africa, of its kind. The Monte Casino Bird Gardens also has a free flight bird show that is guaranteed to thrill spectators.
Gold Reef City – Johannesburg
A unique experience awaits you as you enter the historical world of Gold Reef City Theme Park. Enjoy the "Rich Beginnings - Our Golden Heritage" introductory movie. The Museum also houses:
- Mr Ohlthaver's House (Mine Official)
- Dowse House (Home-schooling)
- Oosthuizen House (Afrikaner Home)
SAB World of Beer - Johannesburg
The tour covers a fascinating history of beer that begins in ancient Mesopotamia and continues through Africa and Europe, depicting Johannesburg’s mining camp days, and a traditional Soweto shebeen, in order to provide a backdrop to the brew. A walk through SAB’s sample brewery, a full-scale brewhouse, gives one an idea of the scale of production of a drink most of us take for granted. After brewing, the fermentation process is outlined and the important role of yeast in beer outlined, before a stop in the Tap room to enjoy a glass or two.
Sterkfontein Caves - Cradle of Humankind
Famous for fossil discoveries. Boasts a restaurant, hominoid exhibition and a wooden walkway to the area where Mrs. Ples was discovered!
Goblins Cove Restaurant and Coffee Shoppe - Magaliesburg
A magical experience awaits, discover a creative goblin and fairy world.
Wonderful cuisine and selected wines.
Lipizzaners – Johannesburg
World-famous for their astounding tricks, the South African Lipizzaners perform the same routines and create the same breathtaking stunts as the original Viennese teams. The riders of these white horses never fail to thrill. Depending on the time of year, lucky visitors may also be able to take in a day at the Sappi Horse Trials ground where horses of a different caliber take their chances at cross-country eventing. All situated within walking distance of one another, these venues form the unofficial heart of ‘horse-land' in Johannesburg. Shows only at 11am on Sundays.
The Ring- Johannesburg
The Oxwagon Bed & Breakfast! A unique private hideaway for nature lovers where you relive the romance of the early Pioneers and 'Jock of the Bushveld' era. Relax and unwind. Treat yourself to an unforgettable night in an authentically restored ox-wagon and a panoramic view of Hartbeespoortdam from the Witwatersberg Mountains.
This 10 day package offer you return International flights, accommodation, all meals, entry fees, transport to and from the airport, and theater tickets for two nights.
We will make your stay in Jozi remarkable!
Egoli - The Place of Gold