Eight Reasons Why You Need To Visit Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

1. Edutainment For The Kids

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the weekend or during the school holidays? This is a great start! And not only is visiting the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park loads of fun for the whole family, but it also offers kids an educational experience like no other. What better way to learn about these scaly, cold-blooded reptilian critters than by visiting the park, gaining insight and info on them with guided tours, cool shows and feeding times?

2. They Offer Hands-On Interaction With These Creatures!

As part of the educational aspect of Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, kids (and even adults) can get up close and personal with the slithery, scaly, hairy and creepy park residents. "How up close and personal is up close and personal" you may ask? Well, let's just say you'll have these critters right in the palm of your hands (guided and assisted, of course! Safety first!). If this makes your skin crawl, don't worry, it's the perfect activity to help you overcome and conquer your fear of this scary yet oh-so-fascinating animals.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

3. Try Out The Croc City Flyover... If You Dare!

As if conquering your fear of creepy creatures wasn't enough, you can also overcome your fear of heights with the Croc City Flyover! This 150m zip line is the perfect thrill for those who are brave and adventurous at heart. Built by Chimp and Zee, the Croc City FlyOver is an adrenaline-fuelled opportunity to fly or zip over Nile Crocodiles as they watch from below! Sounds scary, right? But don't worry, it's completely safe as you'll be equipped with the latest safety gear and escorted by trained guides over the two 75m zip lines.

The zip line tour consists of three platforms – the starting point, the middle section and the ending platform. The first section of the zip line traverses over two separate crocodile enclosures ending on the middle double platform. The second section extends over the large crocodile enclosure to the ending platform.

This is the perfect opportunity to get a bird's eye view of the various enclosures. Cost is only R100 per person and it's worth every Rand as it's a once-in-a-lifetime African adventure, designed to captivate and enthral every brave heart or adrenaline junkie!

4. They Host Interesting Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays

Do you kids have a fondness for snakes? Well, then they'll definitely want to see the Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays and Public Holidays at 11:00. This show is separate from the usual reptile interaction but is included with your entry fee to the park. Here, you can enjoy an hour-long show that covers a wide range of venomous snake, as well as all the facts and myths about them. The professional tour guides will also discuss snake safety like what to do if you come face-to-face with these dangerous creatures in the wild. You'll even have the unique opportunity to SAFELY touch a living, breathing Puff Adder (we got the chills when we did!) and ask questions.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

5. Lunchtime For The Crocs on Weekends

Ever seen a crocodile eat? Other than on the Discovery Channel, that is. No? Well, here is your chance! Visitors will be able to catch crocodile feedings on Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00. This experience is included in the entry fee, so make sure you don't miss out. It's definitely something you don't see everyday.

6. Explore The Park With Daily Guided Tours

Another interesting activity that's part of your day at the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is the guided tour. A professional tour guide will take you and your family on an informative and exciting tour of the park, where you'll get the opportunity to see a variety of reptiles, from crocs and snakes to big lizards and more. Tours are guide throughout the park every hour, starting from 09:00 – 16:30 daily. This is also include in your entry fee.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

7. It's Fun That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Another question you might have: cost? Honestly, entry is not that bad considering you get a full experience all in one ticket. You can expect to pay the following:

Your entrance fee to Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park includes interaction with a baby crocodile and other reptiles (supervised by a professional guide); a guided tour where you'll get to visit the resident alligators and crocodiles; and if you're visiting on Saturdays and Sundays, you'll get a chance to see the crocodile feeding.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

8. It's Also A Great Place To Host A Birthday Party

Parents, you don't need to worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax and let the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park take care of everything when it comes to your little one's birthday party. On the day of the party, all you have to do is show up and have fun. They will setup, decorating and clean-up. Their parties run all year long, offering a truly memorable experience. Parties can be hosted during the following times:

Also, you can choose from one of the following party packages:

Standard Package

Pizza Package

Deluxe Pizza Package

Own Catering Package

For More Information

For more information about Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, visit their website at www.croccity.co.za.

You can also contact them on 083 321 1016 or 083 657 7561, or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tourist Attractions In Johannesburg

Johannesburg has a rich, diverse and unique history, beginning with being founded in 1886 as a 19th-century gold-mining settlement during the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. And most of the city's well-known tourist attractions are centred around our eventful past and how our beloved Jozi came to be.

There are many must-visits you need to add to your to-do list when visiting the city of Johannesburg. Take a trip to the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and take pictures standing next to the 6m tall, bronze statue of former President and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. Go an a safari drive at a nearby game reserve merely minutes away from the city and have fun spotting the Big 5. Even visit Gold Reef City, not just for their thrilling theme park, but also for their insightful guided heritage tour that'll take you through the history of the Gold Rush and let you explore an actual gold mine!

What Are You Looking For? 

Heritage Points of Interest
Heritage Tours
Museums
Game Reserves

Points of Interest

Orlando Towers

One of the top highlights of visiting the city of Johannesburg is heading to the iconic Orlando Towers in Soweto. Not only are they a beautiful spectacle of street art, but this spot also offers thrilling activities that'll get your heart racing. Pluck up the courage, get strapped up and secured, and do a 100m bungee between the cooling towers. You can also brave a SCAD freefall or base jumping. Looking for something a little less terrifying? Spend your afternoon enjoy a few rounds of paintball, wall climbing, or taking in the stunning 360 degree views of the city from the top of one of the towers.

Visit the Orlando Towers.

Entertainment Places in Soweto

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Mandela's House

8115 Orlando West, corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane Streets, Soweto. An address that has been woven into South Africa's history. This is where former President Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962, and where you'll find the Nelson Mandela National Museum today. This world-class attraction preserves the historical heritage and legacy of the Mandela family and presents it with a collection of memorabilia, photographs, paintings and research within the four inter-leading rooms of the home.

Visit Mandela's House.

Mandela's House

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Constitution Hill

Take a journey back into South Africa's turbulent history and travel through the transition into our democracy at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein. Also known as Con Hill, this space is a museum and is the site of the notorious Old Fort prison, Number 4 prison and the Women's Gaol. It's also home of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Apart from the exhibitions, the public can also get the opportunity to explore with guided tours. This venue has become an important platform in preserving and showcasing our heritage through education and tourism related programmes.

Visit Constitution Hill.

Constitution Hill In Braamfontein

Image from Constitution Hill via Facebook.

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Being the largest gallery on the continent, the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) located in the centre of Joubert Park boasts over 9 000 artworks, displayed across 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. Here, you can expect to see everything from artefacts, sculptures, drawings, paintings, prints and lacework to 17th-century Dutch paintings, 18- and 19th-century British and European work, as well as contemporary South African art. Keen on exploring this space? Tours through the gallery are available, but ensure that you make your bookings in advance.

Visit the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

The Johannesburg Art Gallery

Image from the Johannesburg Art Gallery via Facebook.

Nelson Mandela Bridge

When travelling into Johannesburg Central, be sure to take a drive along the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Linking bustling Braamfontein to vibey Newtown, this is the largest cable-stayed bridge in the country, crossing over the 42 railway lines and carrying two lanes of traffic, two sidewalks, and a bicycle lane. It's a lovely sight by day, but come night, this bridge lights up the Johannesburg cityscape!

Braamfontein

The Nelson Mandela Bridge connects Braamfontein to the inner city.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Get a little fresh air and stretch those legs at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at the Emmarentia Dam. It's a lovely space to explore, view and admire all the greenery, fauna and flora. It boasts one of the finest plant collections in the world, complete with over 30 000 trees, a large rose garden, indigenous variants and succulents, and herb garden. It's also a lovely spot where visitors can get their daily dose of exercise, enjoy a lovely picnic with the family, or even watch the Summer Sunset Concerts featuring a lineup of local and international acts that's sure to delight.

Sandton City

One of the most visited and prestigious shopping destinations on the continent, boasting world-class shopping, amazing restaurants and only the best in local and international brands, the ever-popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is an absolute must on your to-do list when visiting Johannesburg. This retail hub attracts visitors from across the country and the world, all within close proximity to busy business centres, top-notch accommodation and other nearby entertainment

Visit Sandton City.

sandton city

Nelson Mandela Square

Adjoined to the well-known Sandton City Shopping Centre is Nelson Mandela Square, which is home to a 6m tall bronze statue of former President and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela. This statue attracts visitors from all over the world, just for the opportunity to get a picture standing next to this popular feature on the square. After taking photos of and admiring the statue, why not dine out at one of the lovely restaurants scattered around the square?

Visit Nelson Mandela Square.

Nelson Mandela Square

Heritage Tours

City Sightseeing Johannesburg & Soweto

One of the best ways to explore Johannesburg and all of its unique points of interest is hopping on and off the red double decker City Sightseeing bus! There's a variety of ticket options for you to choose from, ranging from one day trips to combo deals, ensuring that you experience the exciting parts of the city with ease. with over 16 stops and over 20 of Johannesburg's top attractions to visit, City Sightseeing Johannesburg & Soweto is a safe, fun, educational and convenient way to venture into the city.

Visit City Sightseeing Johannesburg & Soweto.

city sightseeing

Gold Reef City

Other than the buzzing casino and thrilling theme park, Gold Reef City offers local and international visitors the opportunity to explore a Joburg's heyday. Joburg is known as being the hive of activity during the 1886 Gold Rush, and what better way to get insight into and explore this exciting period of our past than with Jozi's Story Of Gold heritage tour? Descend into an old gold mine and discover the riches of our country’s history. Plus, you'll also get the opportunity to experience the magnificent glow of a live gold pour.

Visit Gold Reef City.

Gold Reef City

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Cycle In Soweto

Explore the famous Soweto township by bicycle with Cycle in Soweto. These private bike tours allows tourists and locals to experience the area in a whole different way, give the opportunity to have real personal interactions with the Soweto locals, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, and even get a little bit of exercise while pedaling from one stop to the next. This is a unique township experience that you certainly need to add to your adventure bucket list.

Visit Cycle In Soweto.

Tourist attractions johannesburg soweto bicycle tour

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Museums

Apartheid Museum

The Apartheid Museum in Ormonde opened in 2001, and illustrates the rise and fall of Apartheid. Visitors will get the opportunity to experience the dark days of the Apartheid era through a variety of exhibitions that include provocative film footage, photographs, text panels and artefacts showcasing the events and stories that took place during this time.

Visit the Apartheid Museum.

Image from the Apartheid Museum.

Wits Origin Centre Museum

For a unique history lesson, the Wits Origin Centre Museum explores and celebrates the history and evolution of modern humankind. Visitors will be able to explore and view collections of ancient stone tools, artefacts of symbolic and spiritual significance, and visually striking rock art.

Visit Wits Origin Centre Museum. 

Lindfield Victorian House Museum

The Lindfield House Victorian Museum in Auckland Park will take you back in time to the days of a bygone era, offering a unique and interesting tour you won't experience anywhere else in the city. This is one of Joburg’s best-kept secrets and an absolute must-visit if you’re looking to do a little time travelling! And as if the tour of this ‘time capsule’ isn’t amazing enough, you’ll get to enjoy delicious sausage rolls, fluffy scones with jam and cream, and scrumptious cake at the afternoon tea. Click here to find out what more to expect.

Visit the Lindfield Victorian House Museum.

Absa Money Museum

Explore the history of money in South Africa at the Absa Money Museum situated in the Johannesburg CBD. This is home to the most complete collection of South African numismatic items in the world. The museum’s history goes back to the beginnings of trade in the city. Displays include ranges of early money forms such as Cowrie Shells and Venetian glass beads, as well as golden coins retrieved from sunken ships.

Visit the Absa Money Museum.

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The Ditsong National Museum of Military History

The Ditsong National Museum of Military History is a treasure trove of military-related journals, weapons and photographs from a number of wars in South African history. There's also an impressive collection of fighter planes, tanks and even a submarine for you to view. The museum is also regarded as the spiritual and symbolic home and memorial for all the brave South African soldiers and veterans.

Visit the Ditsong National Museum of Military History.

James Hall Museum of Transport

The James Hall Museum of Transport in La Rochelle is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa. This museum offers motor enthusiasts and inquisitive children insight into what transportation in early Johannesburg was like. Once you have thoroughly explored the displays, head over to the museum’s gift shop. Here, you can find postcards and transport-related trinkets to take home.

Visit the James Hall Museum of Transport.

The Adler Museum of Medicine

Have an interest in medicine and its history? Then be sure to visit The Adler Museum of Medicine, housed at the University of the Witwatersrand's Medical School Campus in Parktown. This museum preserves the history of the health sciences in South Africa and showcases interesting and invaluable collections of medical items from the fields of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy.

Visit the Adler Museum of Medicine.

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Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind offer visitors plenty of activities and exhibits to explore. Start off your visit at the world-class Maropeng Visitor Centre, that will take you on a journey through mankind's development over millions of years. This offers visitors the chance to view world famous fossils and interesting stone tools discovered in the Sterkfontein Caves. Famous fossils includes the discovery of Mrs Ples and Little Foot. You can also explore these caves for yourself!

Visit the Cradle of Humankind.

Game Reserves

One of the most popular tourist attractions in South Africa involves travelers and locals alike, heading out into the bushveld and enjoying safari drives, spotting the Big 5 and reconnecting with nature. For all of your outdoor and safari needs, take a look at our extensive destination lists below:

Vaya Africa Travels

Who are they?

Vaya Africa Travels is a registered youth owned tour operator in Johannesburg & Cape Town since 2013. The agency strive to offer experiences that are packaged for your needs.

Vaya Africa Travels gives you an opportunity to explore and try something exciting.

What do they offer?

Safety Precautions In Place

Not Specified

Do they deliver?

No

Where are they located?

1153 Harry Gwala Street, Hospital View, Tembisa, Johannesburg.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website.

Gauteng Shuttles Tours And Charters

Who Are They?

Gauteng Shuttles Tours And Charters offers tours in Johannesburg and Soweto. The tours are tailored and each offer something exciting.

What Do They Offer?

Transport to:

Safety Precautions In Place

N/A.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

Where Are They Located?

Florida Lake, Roodepoort, Gauteng.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website.

JoeMadie Tours (Pty) Ltd.

Who Are They?

JoeMadie Tours is one of South Africa’s leading travel and tourism agencies.

What Do They Offer?

Safety Precautions In Place

N/A.

Do They Deliver?

No.

Where Are They Located?

19 Nanna Ln, Mackenzieville, Nigel.

For More Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +27713237496

For more information, visit their website.

The Empire Exhibition – The Golden City Come of Age

What Is It?

In 1936, Johannesburg turned 50 years old. To celebrate this jubilee, the City hosted the Empire Exhibition. Held at Milner Park showgrounds, the Exhibition ran from September 1936 to January 1937 and attracted 2 million visitors.

Explore the meaning and legacy of the Empire Exhibition via visual material of the time presented by Prof. Katherine Munro at WITS University this February. Right at the site of the iconic Milner Park Tower of Light, this is a must for history buffs. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Sunday, 23 February 2020 from 14:00-16:00

Where Is It?

The Tower of Light, WITS University, West Campus, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R100 per person. Book yours at [email protected]

For more information

Click here for more information.

A Magical Jozi By Night Tour

What Is It?

Enjoy a night on the town with Micro-Adventure Tours! Join them for a magical tour through the city by night. Arrive by Uber at the meeting point then spend the evening exploring. The setup will be as follows:

Disclaimer: Micro-Adventure Tours or its owners are not responsible for any loss, theft, damage to property, injury or death that might take place during any of our tours or events.

Dress Code: Strictly smart. No takkies, jeans or t-shirts.

Duration: 6 hours and you can extend through to the night after the tour is done.

When Is It?

Friday, 24 January 2020 at 17:00 – 01:00.

Where Is It?

Meeting point: Rand Club, 33 Loveday Street, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

R750 per person and includes dinner and a drink at the Rand Club, entry to the jazzy Marabi Club, and transport to each spot.

Charge excludes drinks and eats at the other four or five stops en route.

Book your spot by emailing [email protected]. Spaces are LIMITED, so hurry!

For More Information

For more information about this tour, visit www.microadventuretours.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] and 083 772 4678.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest tours, news and events.

Victorian Wonder At The Sammy Marks Museum

Sammy Marks (1844 - 1920)

Samuel Marks arrived in South Africa in 1869 with a case of silver knives as his most valuable possession. A Lithuanian immigrant, Marks began his career as a peddler working in the rural Cape. However, through gaining the trust and friendship of South African diplomats, businessmen and President Kruger, Marks established himself as one of South Africa's foremost industrial entrepreneurs. He had a finger in almost every pie, from mining to railroads and even canning and glass making.

Marks and his young wife, Bertha, moved to Zwartkoppies Hall in 1885. This is where they built a sprawling 40 room Victorian mansion for their family. Residing here until 1909, the Marks family eventually used the home only as a weekend retreat. The last of the Marks children lived in the house until 1978. The house had by then become derelict and aged. In an effort to maintain its former glory, the National Cultural History and Open-Air Museum offered to purchase 40 hectares of Zwartkoppies Hill. With the help of Johannesburg businessman, Mendel Kaplan and his family foundation, the Sammy Marks Museum officially opened in 1986.

Sammy Marks

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Rose Gardens, Billiard Rooms And A Library 

The Sammy Marks Museum stands as an icon of times gone by. The stone wall entrance is unassuming and does not prepare visitors for the splendor awaiting. However, as you travel along the gravel drive, the picture becomes clearer. Firstly the rose gardens and romantic arches, which lead to a forest-like escarpment, catch the eye. Then the Marks' Victorian home comes into view - a wraparound porch decorated with typical Victorian awnings, red roof and crisp white walls and what seems like a thousand shuttered windows. You immediately get the feeling that this place is special and something worth treasuring for its opulence and style.

It is not often that you see a historical building so well kept in either Pretoria or Johannesburg. While our cities are framed by buildings of the same age, their usual state is one of disrepair and disregard. For the proud historians and old souls among your tour party, the Sammy Marks Museum is a beacon of hope that old things may still be appreciated.

Sammy Marks

Tours

It is best to book a tour of this museum, because of its magnitude and the complicated history of its first inhabitants. Your tour guide is likely to give a brief, but detailed, explanation of Sammy Marks' legacy, including his contributions to both parties of the South African war. Marks' difficult position, as neither Englishman nor Boer, is highlighted alongside his expert entrepreneurial instincts. Once you have a sense of the man who built the house, the real tour begins.

With over 40 different rooms, the Sammy Marks Museum feels like a wonderland. You may not be able to visit all the rooms during your tour, but be sure to pop into the piano room, the billiards room, the Marks' bedroom and the library. Here, you will find a treasure trove of Victorian and Edwardian trinkets, furniture and books. If you are lucky enough to have a musician as part of your group, they may be invited to give the old piano a tickle with the Marks' music books featuring Christmas carols and popular songs of the period.

The tour doesn't end at the house. You can choose from a range of outdoor activities as well. A game of croquet in the gardens, bird walks, a treasure hunt or a puppet show for the kids. Families are also welcome to book a Victorian style picnic in the rose garden. It doesn't get any more antiquated than this, so make sure to pay the Sammy Marks Museum a visit on your next trip to Pretoria East.

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For More Information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/DITSONGMuseumsSA

Twitter - twitter.com/DitsongMuseumSA

Instagram - instagram.com/ditsongmuseumsa

Details: Bronkhorstspruit Rd, Savannah Country Estate, Pretoria, 0184 | +27 012 755 9542 | [email protected]

Have you been to the Sammy Marks Museum? Let us know about it in the comments section below!

Lifestyles of Victorian Joburg's Rich and Famous

What Is It?

Travel back in time and follow the tale of rags to riches, hard work and the comforts that were enjoyed by the privileged few in the ramshackle colonial outpost of Johannesburg. Thomas Cullinan arrived in the city in 1887, as a humble bricklayer, but by 1896 he was able to build The View, a fabulous statement of wealth on the Parktown Ridge. This spectacular has been beautifully restored and is definitely worth a visit! Mansion tourists will thoroughly enjoy the rich and breathtaking detail and ornamentation and the the interiors, which has been heightened by the regalia and history of the Transvaal Scottish.

Explore the house with your friendly guides, David Gurney and Monique Jefferson McDonald, and be enthralled by the story of the Cullinans and their history while also learning about domestic life in Victorian and Edwardian Johannesburg. Another highlight of this experience will be enjoying a spot of tea and some fluffy scones served in such grand surroundings.

When Is It?

Sunday, 10 March 2019 from 14:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

The View, 23 Ridge Road, Parktown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

R170 per person for members of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation (click here to find out how to become a member) and R240 per person for non-members, both includes tea and scones.

Click here to get your tickets.

Please note: The tour is limited to 40 tourists max. To avoid disappointment, book in advance.

For More Information

For more information about this tour, visit www.joburgheritage.org.za. You can also contact them on 011 482 3349 or [email protected].

Also, follow them on Facebook for upcoming tours.

Heritage Tours In Gauteng

Sterkfontein Caves & Maropeng – Sterkfontein

The Cradle Of Humankind marks where it all began. The Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng offer a great and detailed glimpse into our prehistoric past. You can expect everything from interesting cave tours where many fossils still lie undiscovered to checking out the Maropeng exhibition filled with plenty of artifacts and fossils. You can even visit Mrs Ples – the most complete skull of an Australopithecus Africanus ever found in SA, and meet the recently discovered Homo Naledi. In 1999, this historic location was declared a World Heritage Site.

Origins Centre – Braamfontein

Another interesting destination filled with interesting artifacts and information about our past is the Origins Centre Museum in Braamfontein. This museum is a must-visit, as not only is it informative but it also offers a unique experience of Africa’s rich and complex heritage. It also boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute. Wander through the museum and step back in time with their exhibits showcasing the origins of mankind; the development of art, symbolism and technology in Africa; a variety of fossils; and the destruction of the diverse southern African rock art, the world’s oldest continuous art forms.

Gold Reef City – Ormonde

Gold Reef City is more than just thrills, excitement and wild rides. It also offers visitors a glimpse into Jozi's Story Of Gold. This heritage tour will take you on a trip down memory lane, visiting the historical world of Joburg’s gold rush. This is a history lesson you don't want to miss, starting from the very beginning of how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef, and getting the opportunity to descend 75m underground and experiencing the magnificent glow of a live gold pour for yourself. You'll also get the chance to do some gold panning and explore the old Museum Houses – Mr Ohlthaver's House, Dowse House and Oosthuizen House.

Constitution Hill – Braamfontein

A former prison complex that’s just about as old as the city of Johannesburg itself, Constitution Hill is a living museum which tells the story of our turbulent past and the journey to our democracy. Today, it is home to the Constitutional Court. The prison once incarcerated a number of world-famous men and women, including Fatima Meer, Albertina Sisulu, Mahatma Gandhi, Joe Slovo, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the late President Nelson Mandela. Constitution Hill hosts regular programmes and activities and showcases permanent exhibitions that can be found in the Old Fort, the Women's Jail and Number Four, which give insight into life in the prison and stories of high-profile inmates.

Apartheid Museum – Ormonde

The Apartheid Museum holds the information and evidence of the darkest era in our history. If you’re looking to understand and experience what it was really like during that time, a visit to the Apartheid Museum is a must. Expect to see exhibits including photographs, film footage, text panels, artifacts and, of course, heart-rending stories that expose the crimes and horrible acts committed during this part of our history. Now, the museum stands as a beacon of hope, truth and reconciliation for all mankind.

Lesedi Cultural Village – Broederstroom

Experience our unique and vibrant African cultures first-hand at Lesedi Cultural Village which is within the Cradle Of Humankind. You'll be able to discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of some of the people of Africa by visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes, living according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors.

Voortrekker Monument – Pretoria

The majestic Voortrekker Monument is a unique granite structure which commemorates the pioneer era of our country and the history of the Afrikaner. The monument was inaugurated in 1949 and designed by architect Gerard Moerdijk. And in the Hall of Heroes, you will find world’s longest historical marble frieze which is a tapestry with more than three-million stitches, housed in the Cenotaph Hall. These days, this location is the most visited heritage site of its kind in Gauteng and is also the only Grade 1 National Heritage Site in Pretoria. Not only does it commemorate our history but it also hosts a number of events, including the popular Park Acoustics.

Union Buildings – Pretoria

The Union Buildings in Pretoria are home to a 9m-high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. It is the tallest sculpture of our former president in existence. The sculpture positions Madiba with his arms out, symbolising his embrace of the whole nation, with one foot forward indicating a nation on the move. This is also where our democracy began. At the foot of the Union Buildings, this statue stands on the very spot where Mandela was inaugurated as our country's first democratically elected president in 1994, replacing the statue of James Barry Hertzog, which has been moved to new space on the premises. The buildings housed Madiba's offices from 1994 to 1999, as well as his body (lay in state) after his passing.

Township Travel – Soweto

For a heritage tour like no other, explore Soweto with a personalised tour by Township Travel. These tours will show visitors the important historical sites in the area, as well as all the different lifestyles, cultures and fashion. Soweto is rich with history and Township Travel loves creating positive awareness of Soweto with both locals and visitors from across the globe. Experience this up-and-coming township, interact with the locals, hear their untold stories, listen to their music, share their traditional food and enjoy their customs. It's sure to be an experience you'll never forget.

City Sightseeing Bus

The best way to see Johannesburg and Soweto is on the top of a big red double-decker bus! City Sightseeing South Africa will take you all over the city, from the Carlton Centre and Apartheid Museum all the way to SAB World of Beer and Constitution Hill. It's a fun experience for all and will show you the City of Gold like you've never seen it before.

Check Out What Awesome Acts Big Concerts Will Be Bringing To SA Over The Next Few Months!

First up are The Lumineers – Cleopatra World Tour

The Lumineers will be coming to South Africa in support of their latest smash hit album, Cleopatra. Their self-titled debut album became a multi-million seller, carrying them on a journey from the Grammys to the top of the charts. The best news is that they will be performing in Joburg on 28 April 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome. This is another Big Concerts experience presented by 5FM and Channel 24 that you don’t want to miss. Book your tickets today.

Big Concerts
Justin Bieber – Purpose World Tour
His hit singles from his album Purpose, including What Do you Mean, Sorry, Love Yourself, which all peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200, made Bieber the first male artist in almost a decade to have three number ones from an album. Secure your spot for his SA concert happening on 14 May at FNB stadium.
Big Concerts
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is a spectacular new staging of the traditional masterpiece. With all the precision and thrills of the original, Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games features new staging, costumes and choreography. The show features cutting-edge technology including a giant Radiant flat screen that spans the width of the stage, special effects lighting, dancing robots and world champion acrobats. Expect to be wowed from 15 August to 3 September at The Teatro at Montecasino.
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Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum will be performing in South Africa for the very first time in October at Ticketpro Dome. With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, the seven-time Grammy award-winning group has earned six platinum singles. South Africa’s Refentse Morake will be the special guest artist as part of their You Look Good Tour. Refentse Morake’s musical career has skyrocketed since becoming an overnight online sensation in 2015. In less than a year after its release, his debut album, My Haartbly in ‘n Taal, shot to double platinum status – a feat rarely achieved by a first album, making him the top Afrikaans seller in South Africa for 2016 and filling his schedule with as many as 23 performances each month.
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The Vamps
With five top 10 hits and prestigious tour support slots with Taylor Swift, McFly and Austin Mahone, The Vamps joined forces with Demi Lovato to release Somebody To You and then went on to release a cover of Oh Cecelia with Vine sensation Shawn Mendes. With an incredible 450 million views across YouTube and VEVO, almost a million YouTube subscribers, 4.4 million Facebook likes and 3 million followers on Twitter, The Vamps are excited to visit all their fans in South Africa in February 2017.
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For More Information
For more information about these upcoming tours, visit www.bigconcerts.co.za.

KLM Celebrates 100 Years Of Flying The World

Celebrate 100 Years With KLM

2019 is a big year for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. This year, the airline celebrates a century as one of the leading brands in the international aviation industry. Founded on 07 October 1919, KLM is the world's oldest operating airline still flying under its original name.

KLM’s journey into South Africa started 81 years ago, when KLM first took off from Amsterdam, Schiphol Airport for Johannesburg in 1938. The journey took a staggering three days to complete.

Today, KLM remains one of the most efficient ways to fly from South Africa to Northern Europe and beyond. KLM now has a daily flight from Amsterdam to Johannesburg and Cape Town operated with a Boeing 777 aircraft.

KLM is immensely proud of the accomplishments they have achieved in the past and are now setting their sights on the next 100 years.

In celebration of this incredible milestone, KLM have some amazing deals to Europe, with departures from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Fares start from R7 765*, all inclusive and return. Selling until 18 October 2019, for travel until 19 June 2020. Conditions apply.

Here’s to creating even more memorable moments with KLM.

Tulips From Amsterdam

Why not take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Amsterdam! From R8 976* per person - economy class, all inclusive, return - you'll get the opportunity to explore the artistic heritage, history, beauty and elaborate canal system that the Netherlands’ capital has to offer. Don't forget to visit all of the points of interest in the city, including the Museum District which houses the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk, if you're looking to admire some art; the Anne Frank House for a little bit of history; and the Royal Palace Amsterdam for stunning architecture. Cycling is a big part of the city’s character, and there are many bike paths for you to explore and enjoy.

KLM Amsterdam

London Calling

From R8 198* per person - economy class, all inclusive, return - fly to London and experience the ways of the British. Get the best views of the city from the Coca-Cola London Eye; admire the architectural beauty of Big Ben (keep in mind, it's closed for renovation until 2021); suss out the interesting British Museum; and watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Also, don't forget to visit Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Borough Market and Hyde Park. There's plenty to see and do in this lively city.

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Dublin Sky

From R7 772* per person - economy class, all inclusive, return - you can party like the Irish in Dublin. Drink beer, be merry and go on an adventure like no other. Take a Walk over Ha’penny Bridge; travel back in time and admire the architecture at Dublin Castle; snap a selfie with The Spire of Dublin; and make sure you visit the Guinness Storehouse Factory! And since we did mention to party like the Irish, head to The Temple Bar and mingle with the locals.

KLM Dublin

Fare Conditions

For More Information

For more information about KLM and their flights or to book, visit www.klm.co.za or call 0860 247 747.

Also, follow them on Facebook to stay informed on the latest KLM news, offers, updates and more.

Attend Flight Centre's Annual Travel Expo Wherever You Are!

What Is It?

Planning your next holiday has never been easier. Unlike previous years, Flight Centre Travel Group’s tenth annual Travel Expo is popping up nationwide with unmissable travel deals available at all 121 Flight Centre and Cruiseabout stores across the country.

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In response to requests by customers to make deals more accessible to all South Africans and not just those living in Johannesburg who visit the Travel Expo in Joburg every year, “we’ve inspired a new Travel Expo concept to make it easier for them to benefit from over 500 unbeatable deals in-store or book flights online”, says Andrew Stark, Flight Centre Travel Group Managing Director, Middle East and Africa.

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“We’ve had a number of enquiries regarding tickets for the Travel Expo and we’d like to reiterate that the Expo will not be taking place at one venue only. Instead, all the Travel Expo deals will now be available at every Flight Centre and Cruiseabout store across the country. This means there is no admission fee or the need to book tickets. Simply walk into your nearest store on the Expo weekend and get chatting to your local Flight Centre expert”, says Stark.

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This year’s highly-charged event will run for three days and matches travel enthusiasts with over 500 exclusive deals that are only accessible at Flight Centre and Cruiseabout stores. Flight deals will be available online.

Follow Flight Centre and Cruiseabout on social media and listen to your favourite radio stations (947, Jacaranda, Hot 91.9FM, Kfm and East Coast Radio) for competition details.

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When Is It?

Friday, 28 February 2020 – Sunday, 01 March 2020.

Where Is It?

The Travel Expo has moved to Flight Centre and Cruiseabout stores nationwide.

Now, you’ll be able to attend the Expo wherever you are – Joburg, Cape Town, Durban and beyond. Find your nearest Flight Centre branch here and your nearest Cruiseabout branch here

How Much Is It?

This year, you won’t need tickets or pay an entry fee to enjoy Travel Expo’s famous deals.

Just walk into any Flight Centre or Cruiseabout store for unbeatable travel packages.

For More Information

For more information about the Travel Expo 2020, visit their website at www.travelexpo.co.za.

Also, visit www.flightcentre.co.za and www.cruiseabout.co.za.

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Travel Back In Time At Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom

Whether you’re looking for a venue for a birthday party, or you and your mates just want to tuck into a Sunday lunch medieval style, Greensleeves is just the place to be. They offer a number of weekly feasts, school tours, and even offer a unique twist as a wedding venue. Also on offer is some awesome atmosphere for year-end parties.

Another feature that makes this venue a unique, fun and entertaining experience is the opportunity to dress up to fit in with the theme. No matter which medieval role you wish to play, there will definitely be an outfit for you. You can hire your choice of costume from over 450 different outfits at the venue, on the night of your visit. But if you wish to not dress up, that’s perfectly fine too. Dress code is informal.

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Once you have gotten your attire sorted, you can head on through to the main event, the feast! They host original medieval feasts every Friday and Saturday night, as well as a Sunday lunch that has a Middle Eastern twist. Guests can expect a delicious 5-course meal along with plenty of bawdy fun, singing, and entertainment with the Baron and his troubadours.

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Not only is Greensleeves  a blast,  it actually also gives guests a peek into medieval times. This is an experience you don’t want to miss, so be sure to book your next party, year-end function,or Friday night at this unique destination.

Address: Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein, Johannesburg.

Images sourced from Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom on Facebook. 

Which medieval role would you dress up as at Greensleeves? Let us know in the comment section below!

Joburg On A Budget – Fun Shouldn’t Be Expensive!

Joburg’s Bustling Art Scene

Have you done an art tour of Joburg yet? No? Well, then Now is your chance! Johannesburg is home to some iconic galleries, not to mention a barrage of modern, niche spaces and they all host the most thought-provoking and inspirational local art.

Galleries are spread throughout the city but I suggest doing one of the ‘art routes’, as they are now being called. My favourite is the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank which boasts a bunch of the best galleries, and they are all within close proximity to each other. Start at Circa on Jellicoe and make your way through Speke, SMAC, Southern Guild and WHATIFTHEWORLD.

The Healthy Option - Join ParkRun South Africa

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Park Runs, they are 5km routes which take place in the most stunning parks and are open to all to enjoy. But you might be wondering how this is different to you just running around the block a few times? Well, the Park Runs are firstly stunning considering they take place in some of Joburg’s best parks (Delta Park, Modderfontein Park, etc) but also make for a lot of fun because the whole community gets involved. Both walkers and runners are welcome! Click here to find out more and to register for free!#

Visit A Market

Markets are great when you’re trying to work to a budget because unlike a restaurant, you don’t have to eat a meal to relax and take in the atmosphere. You can enjoy a day filled with plenty of entertainment for the kids, relaxing seating areas in the shade, some good food and a fantastic vibe. And best of all, some markets have no entrance fee, so you can walk in and suss out everything for FREE. You could wander the market, grab a drink, let the kids mission around and you’d likely spend under R100 for the whole afternoon. Visit the Modderfontein Farmers' Market that takes place every first and last Saturday of the month (27 January 2018 is the next one!), it has plenty of fun for the whole family.

Head To A Park

People think Joburg is all cement and urban jungle but the opposite is actually true. Joburg is home to an abundance of parks. It seems that the Joburg municipality always placed a strong emphasis on keeping the city green and it has paid off in the form of well-kept and luscious parks. There is a park in almost every area so you have no excuse! Take your pick from James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose, George Lea Park in Sandton, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (there s an entrance fee here), Modderfontein Reserve (small charge to get into this one), Delta Park in the Blairgowrie area and Gillooly's Farm in Bedfordview. So, pack some picnic goodies, get the friends and family together and head down to your local park for a day of old-fashioned fun on a budget.

Take A Hike!

And while you're out and about in nature, why not take a hike? Not only is it a great way to kickstart burning off those extra kilos gained over the festive season, but it's also not too heavy on your wallet. You can head to Melville Koppies for a day of walking and gently climbing in sectors East and West, or book your spot for a guided hiking tour through the Central sector. It's child-friendly, cheap and safe. You can also go to Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and hike through a variety of trails and check out the eagles that take up residence near the waterfall.

Explore The City With City Sightseeing Tours

When was the last time you explored the city like a tourist? If you can't remember, then make sure you take a day or two enjoying the sights and points of interest of Johannesburg with City Sightseeing Tours. Sure, it will cost you a little under R200 for the day, but it is totally worth it considering you'll be hopping on and off an open-top red bus to see and explore the city's top 20 attractions. It's a must! A few attractions on the list include the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and SAB World of Beer, just to name a few.

Jump About At BOUNCE Inc

If there's one thing you need to blow your last hundred-and-something bucks on, it's a fun jumping session at BOUNCE Inc! And trust us, this isn't just fun that for the young ones. Spend a few hours bumping from trampoline to trampoline, slam-dunking, dodgeballing, climbing, flipping and flopping. It's great exercise, an awesome idea if you're looking to hang out with friends who are also on a budget, and loads of fun! Make sure you book your session, you can even do so online at Bounce Inc. General admission is R100* for junior jumper and student sessions and R125* per adult.

Please note: The prices mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change. Please check with venues about prices before booking or visiting. 

Have you been to any of these spots or done any of these activities? Tell us about your experience below!