Johannesburg's existence has everything to do with the discovery of gold in 1886, which led to a huge gold-rush. An area that lay empty before 1886 grew into a bustling world city with more than 115 000 inhabitants by 1900. Today Johannesburg is the economical powerhouse of the whole African continent. The greater Johannesburg-Pretoria-Soweto metropole could be seen as a mega-city of nearly 15 million people (estimate).
Your tour takes you to the Carlton Center with sweeping 360deg views over the city. You proceed to the Mary Fitzgerald Square, named after the first female trade unionist in South Africa. The square is in the middle of the Newtown urban renewal project. Next to the square you have the opportunity to explore Museum Africa, which tells the story of both early and modern Johannesburg, mining, Apartheid, socio-economic developments over the years, etc.
You visit the iconic Constitution Hill. The "Fort", part of the complex, built in 1896 later became a prison that originally housed white male prisoners. It was extended under the Apartheid Government to hold political prisoners as well as common criminals. A women's section was also added. Many of the best-known figures in the struggle against Apartheid spent time incarcerated in this complex as political prisoners. In the 'new South Africa' the complex has become the site of the Constitutional Court, pledging equal justice for all. You'll get to tour parts of the prison complex (now empty), as well as the public areas of the Court.
R745 per person
Duration: 1 days
Tour Type: City & day tours
Transport: Luxury sedan, minibus or 44-seater luxury coach.
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-10 max-40
Languages (guides): English
Other language Tour Guides are available on request if booked on a private basis. Public attractions will not be private
Countries: South Africa
Highlights: Johannesburg , Constitution Hill .
Starting dates: Tue to Sat. Clients to be collected at their hotels as follows: Airport hotels (07:30), Sandton Hotels (08:30), Rosebank hotels (08:45). Collection times may vary subject to hotel route.
Available starting dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
Johannesburg is the financial capital of South Africa and capital of the Gauteng province. South Africans also call the city Egoli, Jozi or Joburg. The city and surrounds could keep you busy for weeks on end. See our city and day tours.more about Johannesburg
Constitution Hill in the city of Johannesburg, is one of the major historical sites in South Africa. The Old Fort Prison, where political prisoners were incarcerated used to be here. The same site where human rights were so brutally abused today houses the Constitutional Court for the protection of the rights of all citizens of the country.more about Constitution Hill