Top 10 Ways To Be A Tourist In Joburg


If you are looking to be a tourist and fall in love with our city all over again, check out my list of Top 10 Ways to Be a Tourist In Joburg.

SAB World Of Beer  Newtown

Beer. Enough said! Visit the SAB World of Beer in Newtown and take a fun, interesting and interactive tour around the brewery. Learn about the history of Africa’s beer culture from the beginnings of SA’s favourite beer, Castle Lager, to the brewing processes. And, after the tour, sit back and relax while sipping on two cold, complimentary local beers while you take in the sights of the Newtown district.

For more info, visit their website.

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Apartheid Museum  Ormonde

Brush up on your knowledge of South African history at the Apartheid Museum. This is the ideal place to learn a bit more about the rise and fall of the apartheid era. To understand and experience what apartheid was really like, the exhibit houses film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts for you to view. Also, pay tribute to our former president, Nelson Mandela, and take a stroll through the Mandela exhibition.

For more info, visit their website.

Lion Park  Honeydew

One of the main attractions for tourists when they head to South Africa is the chance to get up close with what we are known for – our wildlife. The Lion Park is one of Joburg’s number one attractions and offers tourists (local and international) the opportunity to enjoy cheetah walks, self drives or guided tours through the reserve, and, last but not least, the once-in-a-lifetime experience of playing with lion cubs!

For more info, visit their website.

Constitution Hill  Braamfontein

Another local history spot worth visiting is Constitution Hill in Braamfontein. Take a tour and learn about historical events dating back to 1892 when the Old Fort was built under the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek. The building is infamously known for the harsh treatment of prisoners during the colonial and Apartheid periods.

For more info, visit their website.

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Gold Reef City  Ormonde

When I say Gold Reef City, I don’t mean going through for the adrenaline-pumping rides. I’m talking about paying gold Reef City a visit to take the Joburg Story of Gold tour. This heritage tour offers visitors the opportunity to learn how Joburg came to be and how gold was discovered on the reef. Take a browse through the museum houses, experience gold pouring and even do some gold panning!

For more info, visit their website.

City Sightseeing Joburg and Soweto

There is no better way to experience and see Joburg and Soweto than on a big, red, double decker bus! City Sightseeing Joburg and Soweto allows you to explore Joburg and Soweto at your own pace. You can hop off and on at any of their stops and pay a visit to Gandhi Square, The Carlton Centre, The James Hall Transport Museum, the Apartheid Museum and many more to see the best attractions Joburg has to offer!

For more info, visit their website.

Elephant Sanctuary – Hartbeesport

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort offers you the opportunity to interact with, walk with and feed elephants! And, if you want to make the experience extra special, which will have you telling the story over and over for years to come, then be sure to book a chance to ride on an elephant’s back! I had a great time when I had my experience, and it is definitely something I would love to do over again … definitely worth every penny!

For more info, visit their website.

Maropeng  Sterkfontein

Visit the place where it all began at the Cradle of Humankind! Maropeng is a world-class exhibition which focuses on the history and development of mankind over millions of years. View fossils that are thousands of years old, learn about humankind and be intrigued by the Sterkfontein Caves. This is one of the first places I visited when I moved to Joburg and it is definitely an opportunity not to be missed!

For more info, visit their website.

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Lesedi Cultural Village  Hartbeespoort

For a truly African experience, learn about our heritage and our vibrant and interesting cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, which is en route to Harties. They hold rather informative tours that cover five African traditions complete with African dancing and traditional meals … perfect if you want to learn more about our Rainbow Nation.

For more info, visit their website.

Welwitchia Country Market  Hartbeespoort

Welwitchia Country Market is one of the biggest arts and crafts markets in the country with a huge range of African creations from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, to Mali, Malawi and Tanzania. Perfect if you are looking for a keepsake or some useful home crafts to take away with you.

For more info, visit their website.

By Kim Brown
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