For the Personal Touch
Do you have a few hours between flights with nothing but the airport lounge to fill them? Instead of sitting there, let me show you a little of the City of Gold. I will customise a tour for you to fit the time available and your interests. Want some exercise? A drive to the National Botanical Gardens will show you a cross section of the city, and a hike to the top of the waterfall will reward you with views of the city, the natural vegetation and possibly a glimpse of our city-nesting Verraux's Eagles! A trip to the Top of the Carlton, the tallest building in town, will allow a wonderful overview of the city in a short time. A drive to the site of the first gold strike passes through old suburbs giving a glimpse of areas of early development and how people live. Depending on time available, trips further afield, such as the Cradle of Humankind, or the Rhino and Lion Park can be arranged. Johannesburg has unique museums and an intriguing history - all waiting for you! Constitutional Court - Constitution Hill is on the site of The Fort that was built by President Paul Kruger in 1898 and used as a prison. It was added to over the years until the complex contained Number 4 prison and a women’s prison as well. Today the site is home to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in our land and a museum. This tour lasts about 1.5hr, and offers a glimpse of what anti-apartheid activists endured in their battle for freedom. Apartheid Museum - For 48 years the apartheid system was legislated in South Africa. It had its roots as far back as the 1850’s under British rule, when Africans were required to carry passes, but was only legislated under the Nationalist government. This world-class museum traces it’s history with an outstanding selection of displays and photographs. About 2-3hrs would be needed in the museum. MuseumAfrika - This museum offers a glimpse of life as it was. The dwellings of early people, hostels and shacks, as well as later mine managers and workers. In addition, there is an exhibition on clothing, the creation of the earth and its geology, and the Bensusan Museum of Photography. All this in an historic building of unique structure. Mary Fitzgerald Square - Site of the old market square, now hosting MuseumAfrica, the Workers Museum and Library, as well as having the historic Turbine Hall and Electric Workshop buildings from Johannesburg’s first power station, this quare is well worth a visit. Nearby is Brickfields, the site of the first removals to Soweto in 1906, and the Market Theatre, restaurants, bars and street markets. Ferreiras Mine Museum - Under the Standard Bank head office, this old mine shaft has been preserved and beautifully presented, with many photographs of old Johannesburg. George Harrison Park - The site of the first gold strike, this old mine shaft was where the city of Johannesburg started. Cradle of Humankind - This area has more than 150 caves, of which only about 12 have been investigated. These few have yielded some of the most important fossil hominid finds ever, with a new specied announced in 2010. Walk down into Sterkfontein caves, and see where Mrs Ples and Little Foot were found. Take a short walk around the dig, and view the locations of some of the other caves of importance. Visit Maropeng, the visitor centre where we take a trip through the earth’s creation, and the forces that drive speciation and evolution. The museum houses original fossils found in the Cradle. Origins Centre - This wonderful museum at the University of the Witwatersrand displays the artifacts of our ancenstors - stone tools, rock engravings and paintings. There is a wonderful San exhibit, with videos of the Trance Dance and explanations of their beliefs. Johannesburg Safari - Just outside the city is the Rhino and Lion park. This small nature reserve houses a large selection of free- roaming antelope, zebra and rhino. Take a slow drive through the park viewing the animals, and drive through the sections housing lion, cheetah and African wild dog. The last two species are highly endangered. The visitor centre offers a zoo-type experience, and there are hippo and ground hornbill as well. Lesedi Lunch or Tour - Lesedi offers a cultural experience unique to South Africa. Arrive in the car park at 11h30 to a vibrant traditional African welcome and a refreshing welcome drink. Browse in the Ndebele village and craft market, then attend a video presentation on the history and origin of our people. Guests are taken on a guided tour of five homesteads: Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi. The Giant Ingoma - song and dance of all five villages takes place in the Traditional Dance Boma and culminates in communal dancing with the guests around the fire. A Pan African Feast is served in the Nyama Choma restaurant with delicacies from North, East and South Africa. You depart at around 14h00. Travel to and from the airport is about 1hr each way. The Tour option excludes lunch and takes less time. Botanical Gardens Walk - The Witwatersrand National Botanical Gardens is a beautiful site offering walks through various labeled plantings and through groves of trees beside a stream., A climb up beside the waterfall passes the Verreaux eagles nest, one of very few city-dwelling eagles in the world, with a return walk down natural slopes. This garden offers a wide variety of plants natural to the area, lovely walks and a restaurant offering good food. SOWETO - Soweto is synonymous with the 1976 uprising and the struggle against apartheid. A tour through Soweto includes Walter Sisulu Square of Remembrance where the freedom charter was signed; Hector Pietersen memorial, a tribute to the 1976 student uprising; Nelson Mandela House museum and Regina Mundi Church.   Any of the half-day tours listed can be taken as a layover tour for a small extra travelling fee. Please remember - my speciality is customised tours. I will quote on a customised tour or amend itineraries to suit you.
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Johannesburg Airport Layover Tours Turn several hours between flights into a wonderful experience
Johannesburg  From Johannesburg Centre: In & around city. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Before 14h30  Pickup & drop-off: O R Tambo or Lanseria.  Price excludes lunch but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. .  Johannesburg and Constitutional Court  From Johannesburg Centre: In and around city. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Before 14h30  Pickup & drop-off: O R Tambo or Lanseria.   Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks &  soft drinks in the vehicle.  TOUR NOT AVAILABLE ON SUNDAYS  Johannesburg and Apartheid Museum  From Johannesburg Centre: 10km. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Before 14h30  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.  Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle.  TOUR NOT AVAILABLE ON MONDAYS.    Johannesburg   Safari  From Johannesburg Centre: 40km. Tour Time: 5-8 hours Start time: Before 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.   Price includes entries, a picnic lunch can be provided, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. Cradle of   Humankind  From Johannesburg Centre: 40km. Tour Time: 5-8 hours Start time: Before 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria. Discount from Lanseria.   Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. Lesedi Lunch  From Johannesburg Centre: 50km. Tour Time: 5-8 hours Start time: Fixed  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.    Price includes entries, lunch and venue entry, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. Drinks at venue are to own account.   Lesedi Tour  From Johannesburg Centre: 50km. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Before 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.    Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle.     Botanical Gardens Walk  From Johannesburg Centre: 30km. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Before 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.    Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. SOWETO  From Johannesburg Centre: 20km. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: Open.  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.  Price excludes lunch, but Includes entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle.    Apartheid Museum and SOWETO  From Johannesburg Centre: 15km. Tour Time: 5-8 hours Start time: Open.  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.  Price includes a buffet lunch, entries, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle.  Drinks at lunch venue are to own account.  TOUR NOT AVAILABLE ON MONDAYS. Rambling Robin Individualised Private and GroupTours