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Things to do

Gold Reef City

History and adventure collide at this unique gold rush theme park. There are activities to suit all budgets just decide whether you’re a Major rider (R140) or a thrill rider and get ready for the ride of your life. R120 for under 1.3 m riders. Cnr Nothern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde. Call 011 248 5000.

Entrance: R120

Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

Visit the current exhibition which focuses on photography during the State of Emergency. Submit a booking request via +27 (0)11 547 5600 to visit the centre. One is able to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 09h30 and 15h30. 107 Central Street, Houghton.

Entrance: Free, Donations Welcome

SAB World of Beer

Sample raw barley and hops, ask questions and fill up on interesting facts about the origins of beer drinking in SA. Bookings are essential. The SAB World of Beer is open seven days a week from 10am until 6pm. The last tour is at 5pm, except for Sundays and Mondays, when the last tour is at 4pm. 15 Helen Joseph Street (formerly President Street) Newtown. Call +27 (0)11 836 4900.

Entrance: R105 for adults

Bungee Jump at Orlando Towers

A variety of adrenaline junkie activities are available at Orlando Towers including a Bungee jump between two cooling towers 100m high.

Entrance: R550

Visit Liliesleaf in Rivonia

Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Rivonia, Johannesburg is Liliesleaf. Once the nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honoured. [Read More]

Entrance: R110

View from the tallest skyscraper in Africa

Ride the elevator 50 floors to see the awe-inspiring view from the top of the Carlton centre. Good to know: this is a stop on the red bus tour. Open everyday but closes at 2pm on Sundays.

Entrance: R15 for adults and R10 for children under 12

Zorb Ball Ride at Jozi X

Climb into the 3m diameter inflatable ball and roll down the 200m long slope. Jozi X also has slacklining to practise your balancing skills and develop core strength, the crazy sport of Bubble Soccer and the Big Air Krush Kushion Jump. This will get you practicing serious tricks, flips and rolls on skateboards, bmx bikes and snow boards. R50 for 3 hours, call ahead during the week to book a session. Jozi X adventure centre, Cnr Main & Sloane, Bryanston. Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5pm. Call 082 456 2358.

Entrance: R80 pp for 1 Zorb roll and R100 pp for 2 rolls

Hop on a Red Bus Tour

The most cheerful way to discover Joburg is on the roof of a shiny red city sightseeing bus. They’re hop on, hop off meaning you get to choose how you spend your time. The tour comes with audio commentary available in 15 languages.

Entrance: A day ticket will cost R160 for adults and R90 for kids (kids under 5 travel for free, max 2 per adult) buy online to save time and money [here].

Wits Origins Centre

A unique museum dedicated to celebrating the origins of human kind including fascinating rock art. Audio tours available. On occasion there are public lectures in the evenings. Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Yale Rd & Enoch Sontonga Avenue. 011 717 4700.

Entrance: R40

Tour the Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental. [Read More]

Entrance: R85

Tours

  • Africa Awaits offers you an exciting way to tailor make your visit to this majestic region. Their aim is to provide you with an unforgettable holiday in the truly magnificent surrounds of Southern Africa. Your trip will be carefully planned according to your specific requirements, special interests and budget.
  • Book a tour directly with: Mellanie Ferreira
  • Tel: +27 (0)21 863 1163
  • Mobile: +27 71 6827051
  • E-mail: mel@africa-awaits.com
  • Africa Awaits

Transport

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Gautrain

Travel from Airport to hotel - If your hotel is situated in Sandton, the recommended mode of transport is the Gautrain from the airport to the Sandton Station. There are signs to the train throughout the airport.

On arrival at the Sandton station, contact your hotel to see if there is a shuttle that can collect you. It is not recommended to walk - especially with luggage.

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Uber

Uber is available from the Gautrain station - we recommend asking your Uber to collect you from the pick up area inside the station, and not on the road. There have been cases of meter taxi drivers intimidating Uber drivers at the Gautrain stations and the Aiport. Please be aware of this.

It is not recommended to take a meter taxi around Johannesburg.