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How to Spend 1 Day in Johannesburg

How to Spend 1 Day in Johannesburg

Johannesburg, Jo’burg, Jozi—the dynamic, sprawling heart of South Africa has many names and many faces. This vibrant city is emerging from the horrors of its 20th-century history to become one of this century’s most exciting metropolises, home to booming arts, culinary, and fashion scenes. Here’s how to make the most of a 24-hour visit.

Morning: See the City’s Sights

Get your bearings in this colorful metropolis—and absorb some history—with a sightseeing tour. A group or private tour, by bus or by foot, can take you to see some of Jo’burg’s most important sights, such as Constitution Hill and the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Some tours also include a visit to the Carlton Centre, where you can take an elevator up to the 50th floor for panoramic views. Alternatively, a hop-on-hop-off-bus tour offers the flexibility of creating your own itinerary and exploring the city at your own pace—simply disembark to explore any stop of interest, then get back on and travel to the next stop.

Afternoon: Explore the Apartheid Museum

Crucial to understanding the complexities of modern-day Johannesburg is learning about the injustice and cruelty of its recent history. The Apartheid Museum tells the story of white-minority rule in South Africa from 1948 to 1994 through photos, film, documents, and interactive displays spread throughout 22 exhibition areas. Some tours include tickets and round-trip transportation to the museum, and most hop-on hop-off buses stop here. It is worth giving yourself a couple of hours to explore thoroughly.

Night: Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

Get a taste of local culture with an evening tour of some of the city’s hippest areas. Exploring the nightlife with a small group eliminates any worries about safety you may have. Guided tours cover vibrant neighborhoods, such as Braamfontein, said to be the city’s cultural hub, where you can taste local food, see colorful street art, and sip craft beer and cocktails. Another option for a memorable evening is an excursion to the Yeoville Dinner Club, where you can dine on pan-African dishes family-style while your chef/host recounts fascinating stories of local life.

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City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Johannesburg

City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Johannesburg

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The finest way to explore Johannesburg safely, reliably and in comfort from the top deck of an open-top bus. Learn about the history of gold mining, hear stories of apartheid history and understand the triumph of modern Johannesburg while listening to the on-board audio commentary, available in 15 languages. This tour stops at all top sites in and around the Johannesburg allowing you to explore the economic powerhouse of Africa, easily and safely. 
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Johannesburg Half Day Small Group Tour

Johannesburg Half Day Small Group Tour

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With so much to do in Johannesburg, it can be hard for first-time visitors to know where to start exploring. This Johannesburg guided tour removes the guesswork by taking you to the city’s must-see sights such as Constitution Hill and the Nelson Mandela Bridge, all while pointing out restaurants, bars, and shopping centers that highlight the city’s booming urban culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Price varies by group size
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The Pan Afrikan Plate

The Pan Afrikan Plate

What our curator offers at the Yeoville Dinner Club is an unapologetically gritty city experience, looking down on the busy street from the balcony, where preprandials are served in little enamel mugs. The banquet-style food reflects the mostly African people and cultures around them, taking inspiration from what’s fresh from the famous Yeoville market. What started as an idea to provide Friday and weekend dinners in a casual space has become the bustling Yeoville Dinner Club on Rockey Street in Johannesburg, where the owner hosts everyone at his 18-seater table for lunches and dinners every day of the week.
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  • 4 hours
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