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Our most recommended Johannesburg Educational Activities

  • Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide

    1. Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide

    This short tour will let you experience day to day life in the township. Meet your local tour guide and start the bike tour. You will be able to visit famous spots including Nelson Mandela's house, Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house, Vilakazi, Orlando stadium, and the Hector Peterson memorial. Learn about the incidents that happened on the fateful day of 16 June in 1976 when Hector Peterson was shot and killed by the police during the student protests. This tour includes a little bit of exercise and is eco-friendly. You get to cycle on the most famous street on the African continent, Vilakazi Street. Interact with locals and see how life goes in South Africa's most famous township. You will have the opportunity to support local small businesses on the way. You can bring small change or items that you would like to donate. 

    Our guide was very knowledgable and entertaining, he was a character. Bikes were road worthy and sufficient for the route but not completely in working order - the gears didn't work!

  • Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

    2. Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

    Be picked-up from your hotel for a full-day tour of Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum and Soweto. Begin your explorations in the heart of bustling Johannesburg, the third largest city in Africa. Pass landmark buildings and structures such as the Hillbrow Tower, one of the tallest towers in Africa, the sky-scraping Ponte City, Sentech and Carlton Centre Towers, and the multimillion-rand Nelson Mandela Bridge. Stop at the Apartheid Museum in the south of the city that showcases the notorious system of racial discrimination that became synonymous with South Africa from 1948 until 1994. The museum has two entrances labelled ‘white’ and ‘non-white’ giving visitors a tiny taste of some of apartheid’s prejudiced rules. Learn about this system of racial classification inside the museum with harrowing personal testimonials and historical facts. Leaving the hustle and bustle of central Johannes...

    Our full day tour with James was fantastic! He did such a great job at explaining the history and facts about all of our stops and was entertaining as well. It didn’t feel like an all day event since he made everything enjoyable. All of the places we visited were great with a good amount of time at each stop. We definitely learned a lot and tried to soak it all in. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with James!

  • Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

    3. Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

    Johannesburg, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum are the perfect destinations for learning about the City of Gold. Start the day by visiting key landmarks in Johannesburg city, starting with Constitutional Hill where you will learn about apartheid prisoners. Then, head deep into the city, driving through the tall buildings, most of them built during the gold rush period. The next stop will be Top of Africa where you can see the city from above and take photos. The Apartheid Museum tour is the next stop as you dig deeper into the dark apartheid history of South Africa. This will be a 3-hour tour of the museum before heading into Soweto township. On arrival, you visit Mandela House Museum and get a 30-minute guided tour into his former house before he was sent to prison. The Hector Pieterson Museum will give you some inspiration on the language resistance uprising of 1976. Next, will be a qu...

    The guide nic...but my husband named him nicoli.... he was such a gentleman and so knowledgeable... anything you asked him he had an answer.. fantastic tour ... great job Nicoli.....

  • Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

    4. Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

    Discover the creative eastern side of inner Johannesburg on this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning place of light, is a fitting name for this district thanks to its reputation as Johannesburg’s creative hub. Meet your tour guide outside the Curiocity Backpackers hostel before setting off on the walk through the precinct. The first stop is The Cosmopolitan, one of the most elegant heritage buildings in downtown Johannesburg. Built in 1899, it was opened as a hotel and bar in 1902. Next, venture over to the Drivelines Development, a new urban development that uses upcycled shipping containers as affordable housing. From here you’ll walk over to Agog, the latest addition to Mabongeng’s burgeoning art scene.  Shop at the Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market, said to be one of the oldest in the city. Here you’ll encounter Sangomas (traditional healers) and m...

  • Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

    5. Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

    Depart from your accommodation in Johannesburg and begin your tour, which is full of history and culture. Drive through the suburbs of Johannesburg North, heading to the Cradle of Human Kind. Your tour guide will answer any questions you may have about the destination you are heading to. Legend has it that African ancestors lived here for 3 million years and that it is the birthplace of Humanity. Explore the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Center to learn more about why this place is called the Cradle of Human Kind. See different fossils and discover a lot of information about the birthplace of humankind. Continue on to the Lesedi Cultural Village to learn about the different cultures of South Africa and how they shape the modern lifestyles. African culture is very rich and the Lesedi Cultural Village provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rainbow nation of diverse ...

    To see the “villages” and life was a little shallow. The dancing was good if a little underpopulated. The food was good.

  • From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

    6. From Johannesburg: Pretoria Half Day Tour

    Pretoria city is the administrative capital of South Africa and is known as the "Jacaranda City”, mainly for its jacaranda-lined avenues and fascinated architecture. Whilst here you can visit historical monuments such as the Paul Kruger house which was built in 1884. Paul Kruger was the leading man in the Transvaal War against Britain between 1889-1891. Paul Kruger was then elected the President of the Zui-Afrikaansche Republiek and took up residence at Kruger House in Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument is situated in Pretoria in a nature reserve, it is a Monument that commemorates the history of South Africa and the history of the Afrikaners, not forgetting the Union Buildings which house the offices of the president and are located in Tshwane. Union Building is not situated in the center of Pretoria, but is situated rather in the highest point of Pretoria and is a South African nati...

    This tour is very informative with many insightful aspects of South African history. Our tour guide, Pascal, was not only very knowledgeable, he was also astute in his understanding of this country’s diversity, racial dynamics and the political sphere. As bilingual (English/French) speakers from Haiti, we appreciated our tour guide’s command of both languages. This allowed for further insights into the dynamics of this fascinating country. I would highly recommend this tour, and Pascal as a guide, to any future visitor.

  • Joburg/Soweto & Gold Reef City Full Day Tour

    7. Joburg/Soweto & Gold Reef City Full Day Tour

    The Gold Reef City theme park in Johannesburg has some of South Africa’s fastest, biggest, most twisting and turning thrill rides. There is an abundance of adventures to be had at Gold Reef City. Join the young at heart and test-drive any of the more than thirty thrilling rides at this theme park. Whether you want family friendly, kids rides, or the biggest adrenaline rush, there is a ride for everyone at Gold Reef City. Then, descend into the depth of the earth and discover the riches of South Africa's history. Experience the heart stopping feeling of travelling deep below the surface. Go on a drive through Johannesburg City and Soweto, passing through Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital the third largest hospital in the world, proceeding to the famous Vilakazi. Vilakazi Street is the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former present, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tut...

  • Johannesburg and Soweto Night Tour

    8. Johannesburg and Soweto Night Tour

    Discover the city center of Johannesburg with its geometrical designs and high skyscrapers. Drive past the historic buildings of downtown and experience a view of the cities nightlife. Stop at Maboneng Precinct, the coolest neighborhood in Johannesburg. With a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and retail and studio spaces, the precinct draws the inner-city public as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s suburbs. Explore the well-known attraction sites such as the Mandela House Museum, Soccer City stadium (FNB Stadium), the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Orlando towers. Stop for a brewery tour in a local beer and lager garden where you will get a chance to taste South African brewed beers. End your evening dining in the famous Vilakazi street at a well-known local restaurant for a traditional meal, followed by a drop-off back at the hotel.

    Vincent was a very informative guide and it was very interesting to see different aspects of life in Pretoria/Johannesburg/Soweto. I learnt many things including that Soweto not a name but initials for an area created by a white majority for the blacks to live.

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 104 reviews

excellent guide spoke English very well enough to understand even me who knows him little showed us everything and on the way from Johannesburg to Pretoria he showed us all the interesting things we saw along the way, a very comfortable car he was really kind, and the service was fabulous every now and then a confirmation text arrived with the minutes that were missing I recommend this trip to everyone is cheap and worth a lot

Our full day tour with James was fantastic! He did such a great job at explaining the history and facts about all of our stops and was entertaining as well. It didn’t feel like an all day event since he made everything enjoyable. All of the places we visited were great with a good amount of time at each stop. We definitely learned a lot and tried to soak it all in. I would highly recommend this tour, especially with James!

This was an amazing tour. Our guide, Pascal, was extremely knowledgeable and gave me and my two friends an excellent, private tour of the city of JoBurg. Highly recommend this tour!

Everything was great.. our guide (Jin) and our driver (Walter... I guess that's the name) they were wonderful

Informative and friendly guide. On time. Everything as promised. Recommend this full day tour.