Welcome to Johannesburg

Johannesburg, more commonly known as Jo’burg or Jozi, is a rapidly changing city and the vibrant heart of South Africa. After almost 20 years of decline and decay, the city is now looking optimistically towards the future. Its centre is smartening up and new loft apartments and office developments are being constructed at a rapid pace. The cultural districts of Newtown and Braamfontein, with their theatres,... Read More

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$84 Cycling

Johannesburg Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride

See Johannesburg city sights in the morning and then pedal your way around Soweto. Led by a friendly guide, your half-day tour starts with a glimpse of Orlando West and East vistas. After lunch, explore Soweto on a bike tour before finishing the tour back at Lebo's.Start your tour with a pickup from your centrally located Johannesburg hotel, and travel by air-conditioned minibus to the Carlton Centre – the city’s tallest skyscraper. Once at the top, a magnificent panorama of Johannesburg awaits! Start at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and head to your first stop: a look-out point that takes in Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township, including the home grounds of the famous soccer team, the Orlando Pirates. From there, the next stop is Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel – a former migrant workers’ hostel. You’ll learn how men from around the country moved to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, and the conditions they lived in — as well as how this area has now transformed to become a Soweto community today. In this area, many locals still practice traditional African customs, and you’ll learn all about their beliefs and traditions.Your Soweto tour then continues via Meadowlands to the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, commemorating the uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youths lost their lives while protesting the Apartheid education system. From there, you’ll continue on to Vilakazi Street, where you’ll stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home, and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, to learn more about these icons’ contributions to a free and democratic South Africa. This will be the last stop of the tour, and from there, you’ll cycle back to Lebo’s, where you can take in more of Soweto, the community, and its people.

$55 Guided tours

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

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 Squar and Museum Africa! 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.Board your minibus for a drop-off at your Johannesburg hotel.

$1054.89 Small group tours

4-Day Kruger National Park Safari Tour from Johannesburg: Panoramic Route and Game Reserves

Explore the spectacular Mpumalanga region of South Africa on this 4-day guided tour, including Kruger National Park. Enjoy a scenic drive by air-conditioned vehicle along the Panoramic Route from Johannesburg and visit Elephant Whispers, an interactive sanctuary. See endangered white rhinos as well as lions, giraffes and buffalo on several safari drives through the national park and Mthethomusha Game Reserve. You’ll view more than 200 rock paintings by the San people. It’s a great option for any wildlife enthusiast!

$864.61 Small group tours

4-Day Kruger National Park Safari Tour from Johannesburg: Game Drives and Wilderness Walks

Explore magnificent Kruger National Park on a 4-day safari tour from Johannesburg! Evoking the excitement of early safari days when explorers would head out on foot, your tour includes several walks around the park’s famous wilderness trails with a knowledgeable ranger guide at your side. See lions, rhinos and other animals roaming freely around their natural habitats, and then see them up close during Big Five game drives. Your tour includes three nights of lodge accommodation in the Balule region of the Kruger National Park.

$13.97 Sightseeing tours

City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Explore the sights of Johannesburg aboard a double-decker bus on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour! See and learn about top Johannesburg attractions including Constitution Hill, Ghandi Square, the Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City Theme Park. Sightsee at your own pace by hopping on and off as many times as you like at any of the 12 stops around the city.

$818.53 Small group tours

7-Day Small Group Kruger and Victoria Falls Safari from Johannesburg

A 7-day comprehensive lodge accommodated adventure highlights the best in Southern Africa - connecting to African grass routes, incorporating the panoramic sights of Mpumalanga, the Big 5 of Kruger, A visit to Moholoholo rehabilitation centre, cruising on the Zambezi River with hippos and crocodiles, walking the Polokwane National Game Reserve, exploring the Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe, and feeling the wet Zambezi spray off the thundering Victoria Falls.