The Johannesburg city tour takes you through the northern suburbs of Saxonwold, Houghton and Parktown, to the hustle and bustle of Hillbrow, home to African immigrants from all over the continent. We stop to visit Constitution Hill, the new home of the Constitutional Court of South Africa (closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, Day of Goodwill and New Years Day), which is built on the site of the “Old Fort” that later became a notorious prison. At the Carlton Centre in the heart of downtown Johannesburg, we take the elevator to the “Top of Africa” enclosed viewing deck on the 50th floor (closed on Sunday afternoons).
Time permitting, our next stop is the Museum Africa in the Newtown Cultural Precinct, where a variety of exhibits tell the fascinating story of Johannesburg, from the Iron Age, through the discovery of gold in 1886, right up to the first democratic elections of 1994 (Museum Africa is closed on Mondays, Easter Weekend, Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill). From here we continue across the Nelson Mandela Bridge into the business district of Braamfontein, then past the University of the Witwatersrand to Fordsburg with its Oriental Plaza and Mosque. We then travel along the elevated M1 or M2 motorways which provide spectacular views of the Johannesburg skyline.