It was a man named George Harrison who brought the world’s attention to the area in 1886 with his discovery of the main gold-bearing reef, lighting the fuse to an explosion of migrant workers, fortune seekers and good old-fashioned gold-diggers. The population grew rapidly, and the area soon became the largest city in the country, Johannesburg, expanding into the region that would ultimately become Gauteng as we know it today. Johannesburg is still the largest city in the country.RATE: R1199 per person sharing.Included
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Admission Tickets
- Tips and gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
6 hours estimated8.30am
Pick up from Hotel/Airport/Office (Johannesburg surroundings).9.20am – 10.20am Top of Africa (Guided Walking)
Head to downtown to Carlton Centre, Top of Africa's 50th Floor to get the view of the whole city. Here there is also an opportunity to take landscape pictures. If you want a bird’s-eye view of Johannesburg, the 50-storey Carlton Centre is the place to go. Visitors to the centre can enjoy a panoramic view of the City of Gold from the Top of Africa, as the topmost floor of the building is known: 360 degrees of dense cityscape and outwards towards the countryside and beyond.10.30am – 12.30pm Gandhi Square (Guided Walking)
Gandhi Square, was named after the Indian leader and human rights activist, located in central business district and functions as the main central bus terminus for the city’s Metrobus network. In the late 1990s, property developer Gerald Olitzki was granted permission to revamp the bus terminus as part of Johannesburg’s inner-city renewal project, and in 2002 reconstruction of the square was finished and a statue of a young Mahatma Gandhi was placed at its centre.
Today the main focal point of this busy square is the unique 2.5m statue of Gandhi dressed in the robes of an attorney and it is also among the top Johannesburg attractions. While Gandhi was living in Johannesburg worked as a lawyer, and the site of the present square was also the location for city’s first court building, where the young Gandhi often made appearances.12.45pm -1.30pm LUNCH – Pizza Hut OR KoSpotong1.45pm – 2pm Main Street Mining District (Guided Walking)
Johannesburg was built on gold and sits on the edge of the world’s largest known gold deposits. Gold was first discovered near what is now Main Street in downtown Johannesburg in 1886, and today the well-preserved historical area surrounding Main Street’s six pedestrianised blocks, between Chancellor House and Gandhi Square, is known as the mining district. Discover the city’s rich mining history by walking these streets that gold built.2.10pm – 2.20pm Chancellor House (Guided Walking)
In the 1950s Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela worked from Chancellor House, which stands opposite the Magistrate's Court in downtown Johannesburg.The building housed the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys, a thriving legal practice that fought apartheid’s restrictions on black life and defended black clients who had been accused of breaking apartheid's cruel and petty laws. The revamp of Gandhi Square was a catalyst for renewed retail interest in this area of downtown Johannesburg and today the square is surrounded by banks, cafes, shops and bars.
The building housed the offices of Mandela & Tambo Attorneys, a thriving legal practice that fought apartheid’s restrictions on black life and defended black clients who had been accused of breaking apartheid's cruel and petty laws.2.30pm – 4pm SAB World of Beer (Guided Walking)
This intriguing, entertaining and interactive journey explores the rich history of beer, uncovering the important role it has played culturally, socially and economically across space and time. SAB World of Beer, has twice been named the number one tourist attraction in South Africa. SAB site guided tour
One half-way beer
Two drink vouchers redeemable in the Taproom
Bar snacks (Simba chips and peanuts)
5pm Drop off at the Hotel/Airport/Office (Johannesburg surroundings).
Please note that the tour includes FREE walking, although the transport is close by for those that cannot keep up!!!