JOHANNESBURG AND SURROUNDS

JOHANNESBURG AND SURROUNDS

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TRAVEL TO JOHANNESBURG AND SURROUNDS

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Gauteng's rich cultural heritage and fascinating political past offer visitors a host of unforgettable activities and cultural experiences. Cosmopolitan in every sense, the Gauteng province is home to Johannesburg (the economic hub), Pretoria (administrative capital) and the charismatic township of Soweto (the cultural hub).

Johannesburg, ‘City of Gold’, is the vibrant commercial heart of South Africa. Here you will discover Africa’s cutting-edge technology and design, a multi-talented entertainment and social scene, and first class sports facilities.

Experience  an enormous choice of fine restaurants and shopping experiences, shebeens, jazz clubs, theatres, modern and history museums, contemporary art galleries, nature reserves, botanical gardens - to name but a few of this city’s multifarious attractions.

On the outskirts of the province is the old mining town of Cullinan, home of the world’s largest diamond, the Magaliesberg Mountain Range, the Dinokeng Tourism Route which showcases the Cradle of Humankind, and the Vaal River for water-based sports and recreational activities.

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All year round

April to May
Mild days and cool nights
June to September
Mild sunny days and cold, crisp nights
October to March
Hot sunny days with afternoon thunder showers and mild evenings

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HIGHLIGHTS

SOWETO: A vibrant cosmopolitan community established under the apartheid era, this is the largest black urban settlement in Africa and is famous for accommodating two Nobel Peace Prize Winners in Vilakazi Street - President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

SOWETO: A vibrant cosmopolitan community established under the apartheid era, this is the largest black urban settlement in Africa and is famous for accommodating two Nobel Peace Prize Winners in Vilakazi Street - President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

JOHANNESBURG: Explore the city where gold was discovered, including a visit to the city centre, Newtown and Hillbrow, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitutional Hill and the University of the Witwatersrand.

JOHANNESBURG: Explore the city where gold was discovered, including a visit to the city centre, Newtown and Hillbrow, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitutional Hill and the University of the Witwatersrand.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND: A fascinating World Heritage Site comprising a strip of a dozen dolomite limestone caves which contain the remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and hominids.

CRADLE OF HUMANKIND: A fascinating World Heritage Site comprising a strip of a dozen dolomite limestone caves which contain the remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and hominids.

GOLD REEF CITY: A colourful depiction of mining life at the turn of the nineteenth century is displayed at Gold Reef City, including an opportunity to visit a working gold mine.

GOLD REEF CITY: A colourful depiction of mining life at the turn of the nineteenth century is displayed at Gold Reef City, including an opportunity to visit a working gold mine.

PRETORIA: South Africa’s administrative capital, 36 miles north of Johannesburg, provides a complete contrast to the ‘City of Gold’ with historical landmarks such as the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings (President’s Office).  Also known as the Jacaranda City owing to the wide streets lined with mauve-flowered Jacaranda trees.

PRETORIA: South Africa’s administrative capital, 36 miles north of Johannesburg, provides a complete contrast to the ‘City of Gold’ with historical landmarks such as the Voortrekker Monument and Union Buildings (President’s Office). Also known as the Jacaranda City owing to the wide streets lined with mauve-flowered Jacaranda trees.

HECTOR PIETERSON MUSEUM: A symbol of youth resistance to apartheid and one of the first museums to open in Soweto.

HECTOR PIETERSON MUSEUM: A symbol of youth resistance to apartheid and one of the first museums to open in Soweto.

THE ROSEBANK CRAFT MARKET: An exquisite selection of superior African crafts and artefacts, ranging from African masks, clothing, ceramics, beaded dolls and jewelry to handcrafted home-wares and interior décor items.

THE ROSEBANK CRAFT MARKET: An exquisite selection of superior African crafts and artefacts, ranging from African masks, clothing, ceramics, beaded dolls and jewelry to handcrafted home-wares and interior décor items.

LASEDI  CULTURAL VILLAGE: A unique African community which welcomes guests with music, song and dance and tells the stories of South Africa’s history ranging from the Cradle of Humankind to the Cultures of Lesedi, including  the tribes of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele people.

LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE: A unique African community which welcomes guests with music, song and dance and tells the stories of South Africa’s history ranging from the Cradle of Humankind to the Cultures of Lesedi, including the tribes of the Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele people.

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PRIVATE COLLECTION

PRIVATE COLLECTION On this epic journey through Southern Africa you experience breathtaking landscapes, exhilarating, up close and personal wildlife encounters and experience the diversity of its people. Our carefully selected activities open the door for everlasting memories, the finest lodges and resorts will spoil you with culinary delights and exquisite service. The entire trip will […]