Johannesburg Cultural Experience 6D/5N
Johannesburg airport pick-up on Day 1 and transfer to hotel. On Day 2 take a cycling tour of Soweto township to see Nelson Mandela’s former home and neighbourhood. On Day 3 visit the Apartheid Museum for an in-depth understanding of the country’s history and then enjoy free time in the afternoon. Take a Johannesburg hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus on Day 4 to visit the most iconic spots in the city before returning to Soweto for dinner. Day 5 offers free time to explore Soweto on your own. Your trip ends on Day 6 after checkout.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Johannesburg Airport Pick-up
On arrival at Johannesburg Airport, you will meet with the driver at the Tourism Information Desk in terminal A (International Arrivals) before being transferred to your accommodation in the world-renowned township of Soweto. After check-in, get settled with a welcome drink! Overnight in Soweto.
Day 2: Soweto Bicycle Tour (B/D)
After breakfast, take a two- or four-hour (optional extra) cycle tour of Soweto that will take you to see some of the most interesting historical sites in the township. Some of the highlights include a workers’ hostel, Meadowlands, the site of the 1976 student uprising, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Nelson Mandela’s former home and a local pub called a shebeen. If you choose the four-hour tour, you will end it with a local lunch – “Kota” – a bread bun filled with delicious Soweto chicken or veggie stew and a drink or two!
You can spend your afternoon at the community park, playing with the kids and engage in daily activities in the Youth Club. After a hectic day relax around the accommodation dinner table and enjoy a home-cooked meal. Warm up around the fireplace at night listening to African beats and overnight.
Day 3: Apartheid Museum (B)
After breakfast, you will be taken to the Apartheid Museum. The museum is the first of its kind and illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid. It uses film, traditional exhibits and architecture to take you through the epic saga of the country’s history. For anyone wanting to understand and experience what apartheid South Africa was really like, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is fundamental.
After spending time here you can go to Gold Reef City where you can learn about the development of this city from the time gold was first discovered here. Or you can take the fun option to go on some of the rides at the theme park or try your hand at some gambling at the casino. Overnight in Soweto.
Day 4: Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (B/D)
After breakfast, our driver will shuttle you to Gold Reef City where you will hop onto the Johannesburg city sightseeing bus and travel into the city centre where you can hop off at places such as Newtown – Johannesburg’s cultural precinct, Braamfontein with its hip student hangouts, coffee shops and small eateries and Ghandi Square in the heart of the city. Travel up to the 51st floor in Carlton Centre and take in this huge city at the ‘Top of Africa’. Continue to Constitutional Hill, previously a prison for many of South Africa’s anti-Apartheid activists. Today it is the country’s constitutional court representing democracy and justice. Arrive back at Gold Reef City where the driver will pick you up and take you back to Soweto for a scrumptious dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Soweto Free Day (B)
After breakfast, the day can be spent at your own leisure. After spending some time in Soweto you have now got to know how safe and relaxed this township is. Take a walk on your own, meet and greet people. Play with the kids in the park and playground. Browse through the local souvenir market and support Soweto’s local traders. Have a lunch at Vilakazi Street – the only street in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Day 6: End of the Trip (B)
Enjoy breakfast, and after checking-out from your accommodation, this amazing experience will come to an end. We wish you safe travels onwards.