Johannesburg day tours – Off the Beaten Track

Apartheid Museum JohannesburgWe offer the full gamut of Johannesburg day tours in the city  including Soweto, downtown Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum and the Constitutional Court. Other clients like to see the neighbouring city of Pretoria, even adding in a visit to the nearby Cullinan Diamond Mine.

But we also have a number of off the beaten track Johannesburg city day tours, some of which explore Johannesburg rich art history and others of which head out of the city to the cultural and wildlife delights of the Magaliesberg hills nearby.

ART TOURS

Johannesburg Urban Art private half day tour

Johannesburg, the City of Gold, is a city that is continually changing. Public art is becoming the most popular means of expressing this change. Embark on a journey into this world of urban art and follow how this medium weaves its way through the cultural, scientific and historical fabric of South African society. Discover artworks in the most unexpected and interesting locations in and around the city. Find out what inspired the different exhibits and see how art has been designed to integrate itself into the lives of the everyday city dwellers.

Constitution Hill JohannesburgThe tour begins in Sandton (but pick-ups are available from all hotels). We travel from Sandton through Houghton to our first stop at Constitution Hill, the new home of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, which is built on the site of the “Old Fort” that later became a notorious prison. We continue to Braamfontein and visit the Origins Museum at the University of the Witswatersrand, before crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge to Newtown. The City’s mining precinct gets our attention, where we stop for refreshments, before returning to your hotel.

 

 

Jozi Gallery Galavant private half day tour

Johannesburg Art GalleryJoin us on a tour that showcases Johannesburg’s finest and most prestigious art galleries.  Visit Jozi’s  ‘Art Strip’ on Jan Smuts Avenue and immerse yourself in a world of art. This constellation of art galleries in suburban Johannesburg offers a wonderfully eclectic mix of art, typical of the South African contemporary art scene. Saturate your senses by visiting the brand new Wits Art Museum in Braamfontein (open Wednesdays to Sundays only), home to an extraordinary collection of African art.  Venture further into the city to view the internationally renowned art collection of the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which recently celebrated its centenary. Learn about the lives of renowned South African artists, as well as their associations with the country. This tour includes the opportunity to shop for top quality African arts and crafts at leading art retailers en route.

 

Note: Tuesday to Saturday at 9am (for 5 hours)

Price on Application subject to availability of the specialist art guide at time of booking

 

 

Johannesburg Art Odyssey private 7 hour tour

Make a day of it and celebrate Johannesburg’s rich and diverse heritage through the eyes of its artists. Art is a growing trend both in the street and in the offices of central Johannesburg, as the inner city explodes with up and coming artists and their works. Go behind the scenes to peek at the art collections of some of the major corporate businesses, or treasure hunt on the streets to see what you can find in the way of public art. With its many twists and turns this tour is guaranteed to make you giddy with its line-up.

 

Venture into trendy downtown Arts on Main for a light lunch (not included). Once an old industrial warehouse, this area has now been transformed into an artist’s palette. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere as you explore the area and enjoy a visit to the William Kentridge art studio to witness a work in progress.

 

Newtown JohannesburgEnd off with a tour of Newtown, the home of jazz, and see how art pays tribute to some of the country’s legendary musicians. This tour promises to be a visual feast.

 

 

 

 

COUNTRY-BASED TOURS

These off the beaten track tours take you out of the city. Many are half day tours but some can be added together to make a full day of it.

Cradle of Humankind private half day tour

Cradle of HumankindToday you enjoy private tour of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and in particular the Sterkfontein caves and Maropeng cultural centre. (5 hours)

 

We’re going right right back to our beginnings, as the Cradle of Humankind is a collection of underground caverns which have acted as geological time capsules preserving thousands of fossils of extinct animals as well as some of our earliest human ancestors (or hominin species). Dr Robert Broom of the Transvaal Museum (Museum of Natural History) began excavations at the Sterkfontein caves in 1936 and in 1947 he discovered a well-preserved complete skull of a species of early man (from 2.3 million years ago), who later became known as the famous ‘Mrs Ples’. More recently ‘Little Foot’ was discovered – one of the most complete early skeletons ever found.

 

The tour includes a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves where we go deep into the caves, so you feel the history and strong sense of identity.  There is a great exhibition at the caves that you can visit before or after the guided tour. Then we visit the Maropeng interactive visitor exhibition. At the Origins Centre we can discover the story of how human life began in Africa, including the creation of tools, language, art and spirituality. Experience cutting edge technology with holograms and virtual visual shows.

 

The Elephant Sanctuary

African Elephants in South AricaThis tour is a private transfer to the Elephant Santuary where you join a scheduled morning or afternoon tour. In the early 1900′s, the Magaliesberg mountains were rich in wildlife and home to abundant elephants. As a result of man’s encroachment, elephants disappeared from the landscape. One hundred years later the elephants have returned.  Nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains only one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Elephant Sanctuary lies in a malaria-free area surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala, klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other small mammals, 350 bird species and of course, six magnificent African Elephants. Your visit will bring you close to these magnificent animals, an experience to cherish and remember.

 


You are guided in small groups on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary, with your guide providing information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to the elephants in the mountain area, an uphill walk of approximately 200m, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants. You will be able to enjoy a short walk with the elephants trunk-in-hand, see where the elephant sleep at night in their stables and feed the elephants. On some hot days you may even see the elephants swimming.

 

Walk with the elephants, Fly with the Birds full day tour

This tour combines two of the most popular activities in the Magaliesberg region – the Elephant Santuary where you join a scheduled tour and the Treetop Canopy tour where you may also join up with other participants.

 

Magaliesberg MountainsIn the early 1900′s, the Magaliesberg mountains were rich in wildlife and home to abundant elephants. As a result of man’s encroachment, elephants disappeared from the landscape. One hundred years later the elephants have returned.  Nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains only one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Elephant Sanctuary lies in a malaria-free area surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala, klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other small mammals, 350 bird species and of course, six magnificent African Elephants. Your visit will bring you close to these magnificent animals, an experience to cherish and remember.

 

You are guided in small groups on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary, with your guide providing information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to the elephants in the mountain area, an uphill walk of approximately 200m, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants. You will be able to enjoy a short walk with the elephants trunk-in-hand, see where the elephant sleep at night in their stables and feed the elephants. On some hot days you may even see the elephants swimming. After the tour, enjoy a light lunch on the main deck overlooking the elephants.

 

Canopy Tours Magaliesberg MountainsHaving walked with the elephants, you’ll now have the opportunity to fly with the birds! Your guide will drive you to the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour. After a tour briefing you will be transported a short distance to the Ysterhout (Ironwood) Gorge where the adventure begins.  Eleven platforms have been constructed high up on the rock faces of the gorge, joined by 10 cable slides, each up to 140m (460 feet) long, and up to 100 feet above the valley floor. From these vantage points you can enjoy the magnificence of the Magaliesberg Mountains and, after ten adrenalin-charged zipline slides down the gorge, you reach your destination at the bottom of the gorge. A short uphill walk will bring you back to the vehicle.

 

There will be time to freshen up and perhaps enjoy a drink or a quick swim, before returning to Johannesburg. This is a long day tour (approx 10 hours from 8.30am to 6.30pm)

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Kate Bergh is co-founder of Cedarberg African Travel, a specialist tour operator for Southern and East Africa.

She heads up the South African office, having lived in South Africa since 1993. Her home looks up to the Cedarberg Mountains, where she enjoys hiking and cycling, when she’s not out discovering new places to visit, with her three children in tow. Kate has travelled extensively throughout the region to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as most areas of South Africa. She also loves history, meeting people and a good thriller...

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