For the Personal Touch
Johannesburg exists because of Gold. It is a city of contrasts - brash, loud, but with a softer side.We trace it's history from the Iron Age, through the first European settlers, the discovery of gold, the Second Anglo-Boer War, the Rebellion and up to modern times. Admire the oldest house still standing in the city, and learn about the impact the owner had on Johannesburg. Pass an inner-city nature reserve, Melville Koppies, with iron-age sites. See where a Boer War general died, thus resulting in a coup being averted. Inspect the site of the discovery of the Main Reef in George Harrison Park. Drive into town for a look at Mary Fitzgerald Square, home to MuseumAfrica which has interesting displays on township life and life during apartheid. The BenSusan Museum of photography is situated in the same building. This was the site of Johannesburg’s first power station, and the Turbine Hall and Electric Workshop have been restored and are in use. The square also houses the Workers Museum and library as well as the Market Theatre. Continue into town past other historical sites and buildings, including Hollard Street, the financial heart of the city. Visit an historic mine stope at the Ferreiras Mine Museum, and go to the top of the tallest building in the city, the Carlton Centre, for a bird's eye view. Travel up through Hillbrow, and see some of the Rand Lord mansions and the architecture of Sir Herbert Baker. A number of museums may be visited on this tour in addition to those mentioned above. In order to properly appreciate the museums, each will require between 2 and 3 hours, so which you visit will depend on interest and time available. Constitution Hill - on the site of The Fort that was built by President Paul Kruger. It was never used as a military fort, but as a prison which was added to over the years until by 1930 it contained the infamous Number 4 prison and the Women’s Prison. Today it is the site of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in our land. This tour lasts about 1.5hr, and offers a glimpse of what anti- apartheid activists endured in their battle for freedom. This museum is closed on Sunday, but you can walk around the embankments and up the Great Steps. Apartheid Museum - a graphic, disturbing journey through the development and reality of apartheid in South Africa.  This is a world-class museum, offering permanent and temporary exhibitions. This museum is not open to children under the age of 12. A visit will last about 2-3 hours. This museum is closed on Mondays. 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. This tour offers variety, and can be amended to cater to specific interests. It can be taken as a half-day tour, or as a full day. Drinks and snacks are provided in the vehicle, but lunch is not included. 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 The birth of Johannesburg - it's history and the impact of gold.
Full day Option From Johannesburg Centre: In and around city. Tour Time: 6-8 hours Start time: No later than 10h00 Pickup & drop-off:  From your  accommodation in the Northern Suburbs Layover Option: This tour can be done from O R Tambo. This price excludes lunch, but includes snacks and soft drinks in the vehicle.
Half-day Option From Johannesburg Centre: In and around city. Tour Time: 3-5 hours Start time: No later than 10h00 Pickup & drop-off:  From your accommodation in the Northern Suburbs Layover Option: This tour can be done from O R Tambo. This price excludes lunch, but includes snacks and soft drinks in the vehicle.
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