City Sightseeing Joburg
This one is a given. Driving around beloved Johannesburg in a big red double decker bus. There’s no better way to explore the city than this. You’ll get to see some of the most iconic parts, venues and building in the city, and if you’re willing to spend a little more cash, actually experience and tour them for yourself. A few pit stops along the way include the Carlton Centre, the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, crossing the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, exploring vibrant Soweto, the James Hall Museum of Transport, the SAB World of Beer or the Origins Centre at Wits.
For unique tours that you’ll never forget, be sure to check out what Micro-Adventure Tours has to offer! There’s always something different, unique and oh-so interesting up their sleeves. They have quite a few fun tours lined up, so we thought we’d share a few of the cool ones.
Please note that bookings are essential. There are also more than one date for most of them, so if you can’t make it on the dates we have provided below, don’t worry. There’s always next time:
Jozi Coffee Walking Tour – 11 May 2019
A fan of coffee, walking and taking in our city’s architecture? Then be sure to book your spot at the Jozi Coffee Walking Tour. Explore Jozi CBD while stopping by the various coffee shops to grab a cuppa. The distance walkers will cover on the day is about 5km, so make sure you’re dressed comfortably and wear your walking shoes. It costs R180 per person.
Joburg Half Day Cycle Tour – 12 May 2019
If you have nothing exciting planned for Mother’s Day, why not enjoy the Joburg Half Day Cycle Tour? This cycle tour gives you the perfect opportunity to see Joburg, close up and personal. The tour starts in Parktown and you’ll be guided through many places of interest including The View (the oldest house in Joburg), Constitutional Hill, Braamfontein, Mandela Bridge, Newtown, Chancellor House, Mining District (Marshalltown), Gandhi Square, Carlton Centre and Maboneng, Ellis Park and Ponte City. You’ll cover a distance of 13 km in total. Only five people per tour, so make sure you book your spots ASAP. Remember to take a water bottle, comfortable sporty clothing, a cap and sunscreen along with you. The cost is R550 per person. There are other dates if you can’t make this one, just be sure to follow them on Facebook for more information.
Jozi Coffee Cycle Tour – 18 May 2019
If you prefer cycling to walking, then don’t miss the Jozi Coffee Cycle Tour. It’s just like the walking tour mentioned above, the only difference is you’ll be on a bicycle. This tour is all about that great cuppa Joe and exploring our beloved city. The tour will begin in Maboneng at Uncle Merv’s Coffee. You’ll then cycle your way through at least four coffee shops, and up to Newtown. It’s a unique way to get out and about, enjoying the sunshine and appreciating the architecture and people along the way. The cost is R450 per person with bike rental and R350 per person if you bring your own bike. You’ll cover about 9km – 10km on the day.
Tour & High Tea at Yukon House – 18 May 2019
Enjoy a tour and high tea at Yukon House (1911), one of Joburg’s historic gems. This was once home to former Mayors and Millionaires in the city. Perched on the Observatory Ridge in Bez Valley, it was named after a place in Canada, where the first owner, Tommy Allen, came from. Allen later became Mayor of Joburg from 1917 to 1919. The house features marble floors, Burmese teak clad walls and the beautiful Art Deco fireplace fronted with Portuguese tiles. The house used to have the finest four stain-glass windows titled ‘Commerce, Justice, Industry and Agriculture‘, which were manufactured in 1870 in England and housed in the first Stock Exchange. This costs R300 per person, which includes tea and welcome bubbly.
Cradle of Humankind Cycle Tour – 19 May 2019
Ever been to the Cradle of Humankind? No? Well, now is your chance! This area has been dubbed as a World Heritage Site and is a must visit. The tour will start from The Thatch Cafe parking at the entrance to the Rhino and Lion Park in Kromdraai. You’ll then ride to the old Kromdraai Gold Mine at IBIS Ridge Farm which is known as one of the first goldmines in the Witwatersrand, dating back to 1881. You’ll then proceed to the Sterkfontein Caves, where you’ll take a guided tour of the caves, dating back millions of years. You’ll end your tour at Neck n Deck with lunch surrounded by wildlife. This costs R650 per person (includes all the tour fees, bike, helmet) and R550 per person if you bring your own bike.
Tour of 1904 Northwards Mansion – 25 May 2019
Have you ever heard of the flamboyant couple, Colonel John Dale Lace, and his wife, Josephine Dale Lace (Jose in short)? Jose was the socialite in the early Joburg of the Randlords – the mining magnates of the early gold rush. Well, this couple’s prominent 52-room stunner of a house is open for a tour like no other. The curator will share plenty of intriguing stories about this mansion and its interesting owners. The house also has some stunning views from its perch on the Parktown Ridge. The tour takes between 3 – 4 hours, and is certainly not to be missed.
For more unique and interesting tours around our beloved Joburg, be sure to check out Past Experiences. They’re passionate about graffiti, public art, communities and our history, and host a number of tours that’ll take you on a journey that you’ll never forget. These tours sell out fast, so make sure you book well in advance. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming tours or suss out their website for the latest upcoming budget weekend tours. The latest tour is already sold out! Bookings are essential.