Johannesburg Walking Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck, Museum Africa and Market Theatre

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Johannesburg Walking Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck, Museum Africa and Market Theatre information and booking

6 hours
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Explore vibrant Johannesburg on a 5-hour tour that showcases the city’s countless cultural highlights. After enjoying bird’s-eye views of the metropolis from the Carlton Centre’s observation deck, get up close to Johannesburg’s city sights on a walking tour. See an art display in Ghandi Square, and then visit to the neighborhood of Newtown to discover its delights, like Mary Fitzgerald Square, Museum Africa, the SAB World of Beer and more!

Leave your Johannesburg hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then head to the Carlton Centre – the city’s tallest skyscraper that towers at a height of 732 feet (233 meters). Take the elevator up to the observation deck on the 50th floor, and admire 360-degree views over the city.

Head down and take to the streets for your walking tour, strolling along pavements lined with both historic and new buildings. Walk through Main Street Mall, where the architecture resembles old mining buildings, and then stop in Ghandi Square to pose for photos in front of a colorful art display that celebrates Johannesburg’s multicultural roots.

Continue to Newtown, the quirky neighborhood that’s known as the cultural hub of Johannesburg, with a multitude of sightseeing opportunities. Start with a walk around Mary Fitzgerald Square -- one of South Africa’s last colonial compounds – and soak up its bustling ambiance as you weave through the crowds. Head inside Museum Africa to learn about Africa’s indigenous people on a tour, and then stop to admire its collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Impressionist paintings with your guide.

Continue to Market Theatre, located in the city’s old fruit and vegetable market, and hear how it was one of the few places where all races could mingle freely during the difficult Apartheid era. After exploring inside at leisure, continue to the SAB World of Beer to learn about South Africa’s burgeoning brewing industry. Tour the brewery and its museum, learning about the big-name brands it produces, like Grolsch and Peroni, and then finish by sampling a selection of SAB’s finest beers (own expense)!

You can finish your tour inside the SAB World of Beer, or alternatively, board your minibus for a drop-off at your Johannesburg hotel.

What's included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees: carlton center, museum africa, sab world of beer

What isn't included

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)