The bustling city of Jo’burg transforms itself into be a near ghost town over the festive season with quiet roads and lack of traffic congestion resulting in a once a year small town feel. Some say that this is the best time to be in Jo’burg. Make the most of it with these ideas of activities and events to explore your own backyard.
- Johannesburg Red City tour
Explore the Red City bus tour’s 9 stops 365 days a year. Hop off for lunch, pop into a museum and hop back on to explore this vibrant city. Audio commentary is available in 15 different languages with children under 5 riding for free. Highlights of the tour include: The Apartheid Museum, Carlton Centre, Constitution Hill, Gold Reef City and the vibey Braamfontein. The Soweto tour is an extension of the Jo’burg red city tour that starts at the Apartheid Museum enabling you to take in the historically rich township of Soweto.
- Bungee jumping at the Orlando Towers
By far the most exhilarating way to see Soweto with a 100 metre bungee jump from the west tower of the Orlando towers which is also a stop on the Soweto Red City tour.
- Soweto bicycle tours
An eco-friendly and hands on ground-level tour on two wheels giving an up-close experience of the diverse people and places of Soweto. A memorable and unique adventure. Tours range from 2 hours to a full day cycle tour allowing for your fitness and schedule.
- A family outing to the Great Moscow Circus at Montecasino
World-renowned circus consisting of acrobats, clowns, daredevils, a live circus band (no animal acts) and much more will be returning to South Africa over the festive season. A fun outing for the whole family from 22 December – 14 January 2017.
- Gold Reef City
Regarded as South Africa’s premier theme park, Gold Reef City will keep adrenalin junkies and children alike satisfied with the range of rides within one destination.
- Annual Jo’burg Theatre pantomine
This year’s much anticipated annual pantomime extravaganza from Janice Honeyman is Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Daily performances until Friday 30 December at the Jo’burg Theatre.
- Get outside with a day hike at Hennops
The Hennops River trails are a mere 45 minutes from Jo’burg with no booking required and an entrance fee R60 per person leaving no excuse for not spending a summer day in nature. Three routes are available to suit different abilities including children with a range of game likely to be viewed on the trails.
- East City cycle tours from Maboneng
Discover the city up close and person with Main Street Walks cycle and walking tours through the city and Maboneng with the tour starting in the ultra-hip Maboneng allowing for a visit to the Williamsburg of Johannesburg.
- Discover our human origins at the Maropeng Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site
Maropeng hosts the African Christmas Festival until 26 December forming an ideal day trip combining interactive exhibitions on our ancestors with a food and craft market, beer garden, Christmas shopping, live entertainment in magnificent outdoor setting less than an hour from Jo’burg. Combine your visit with the natural wonder of the Sterkfontein caves
- Visit the significant heritage site of Liliesleaf farm
Liliesleaf was the refuge for the liberation movement and now traces the path to democracy and is easily accessible from the Sandton Gautrain station.
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