What to do
Monte Casino, Sandton City, Cradle of Humankind and The Apartheid Museum come highly recommended. Sandton is truly alive with vibrant restaurants, bars and hot spots! Hotel staff will gladly arrange complimentary shuttle transfers in the area on your behalf as well as additional arrangements for destinations further afield.
1. Constitutional Hill
The site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy in 1994.
2. Apartheid Museum
A moving experience and highly recommended. Learn more about the atrocities of the Apartheid Regime that divided the nation for more than 48 years.
3. Johannesburg Zoo
A riveting wildlife world in this model zoological garden. A safe and healthy family recreational venue to enjoy quality time with some of the planets most fascinating animal species.
4. Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site offers a wonderful experience for local and international tourists, is a rich source of information for scientists and researchers, presents opportunities for economic development and job creation, and invites visitors to be a witness to humanity’s history. This is a unique experience into Africa’s rich past – a journey through time of the destruction of the great and diverse southern African rock art traditions at the hand of colonists, and the rediscovery of these ancient masterworks in a contemporary world.
5. Lesedi Cultural Village
Gauteng’s most exciting showcase of African culture where you can view four African villages. Visitors are introduced to tribal art and crafts, customary dancing rituals, a very rich history and the tribal legends of Africa’s people.
6. Pilanesberg Game Reserve
One of South Africa’s National Parks, situated in an ancient volcanic crater which lies in the Northwest Province, flanking the internationally acclaimed Sun City. An excellent opportunity to view the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) in a malaria-free area.
7. Rhino & Lion Park
This nature reserve lies on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Here visitors can view a variety of wild animals, including lions, white lions, buffalo, rhino, cheetah, wild dog, zebra, wildebeest, and many different reptilian species. An experience not to be missed is the feeding of the lions, cheetahs and wild dogs on Sundays at 13h00. Restaurant and picnic facilities are available within the reserve. Enclosures are regularly available where visitors are able to play and be photographed with lion cubs.
8. The Cullinan Diamond Mine
Enjoy an underground or surface tour of a working diamond mine. The Cullinan Mine has produced some of the world’s largest high quality gemstones, and is the home of the largest diamond in the world – The Cullinan Diamond (3106-ct).
9. The Sterkfontein Caves
Many archaeologists consider Sterkfontein to be one of the world’s most important anthropological sites. It is a World Heritage Site. It is here that Dr. Robert Broom found the adult “ape-man” in 1936.
10. Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City reflects the history of the discovery of gold, and the lifestyle of those who worked on the mines. Participate in an underground tour of the gold mine, view a gold pouring demonstration and feel the rhythm of tribal dancing. The Adventure Theme Park is great fun for children and adults alike. Not to be missed!
11. Crocodile Farm
Observe one of the world’s most spectacular predators at close range. On display are hatchlings to large adults of over four meters in length. Curios of local African craft, as well as crocodile skin and meat products are sold from the on-site shop.
12. The Cheetah Research Centre
The cheetah is Africa’s fastest cat, and can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h over a very short distance. Visitors to the centre are taken on an educational tour of the King Cheetah’s breeding program (rare genetic mutation of the cheetah giving it a very distinctive and unique pattern on its coat). It is through initiatives such as these that the vulnerable animal species were rescued from extinction in southern Africa. Only available on Tuesdays/ Thursdays/ Saturdays and Sundays.
13. The Lion Park
More than 100 lions are found in this park, with the rare white lion being the main attraction. The animals are viewed from vehicles, presenting excellent photographic opportunities. Different large African carnivore species are found, including hyenas, cheetahs and wild dogs. The park’s herbivore species include black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok, gemsbok, zebra and giraffe.
14. Sun City Casino & Entertainment Complex
Visit the world’s most distinctive resort – Sun City. The resort has a unique personality of its own, and a gambling complex second to none. There are four distinctive hotels, including the renowned 5-Star “Palace of the Lost City”.
15. Soweto & Johannesburg Tour
Soweto represents the hard-fought struggle against Apartheid. Participants will look beyond the bloody legend of the 16th June 1976 uprising, and behind the hardened face of resistance politics, to the core of Soweto – its people. Soweto is about ordinary people going about their lives – working and commuting, celebrating and grieving. See the poverty of an informal shack, in distinct contrast to the upper class suburb of Beverly Hills. This tour promises a touching experience of a fascinating place, and is offered in combination with a tour of Johannesburg – the mining town that grew into Africa’s dynamic and vibrant “City of Gold” – EGOLI.
Soweto and Johannesburg schedule tour itinerary includes (and is approximately 4 hours long):
- Suburbs of Johannesburg
- Traditional healers (in an authentic ‘muti’-shop)
- African township life
- Informal settlement: Motseoledi or Kliptown
- Homes of Sowetan celebrities including Desmond Tutu, Walter Sisulu and Winnie Mandela
- Sites of the 1976 uprising
- Hector Peterson Museum and Memorial
- Mandela House Museum (entrance fee excluded from the tour cost)
16. The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary is nestled in pristine unspoiled bush and is home to five African elephants: Maroela; Mosadi; Khubma; Jabu and Thandi. Elephants are highly intelligent and delightful creatures – each with its own character, personality and temperament. The Sanctuary offers a picturesque setting, beautiful trees, wildlife, exciting birdlife and of course – the mighty and magnificent African elephant.
17. Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary
Walk through the natural indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways and experience a variety of exotic monkeys in an exquisite natural environment. Bush babies and rescued monkeys were previously raised as pets, or were bred for the pet trade. Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries in the world. Their primates are received on the basis of public donation, and are supported by funding generated by their guided tours, and curio sales.
18. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
A serene environment of rolling green lawns, with the magnificent Witpoortjie Waterfall as its backdrop. The gardens are home to a breeding pair of Verreux’s Eagles that nest in the cliffs alongside the waterfall. Enjoy a picnic out in the sun, take in the fresh air and listen to the sounds of the waterfall and bird-life as you relax on the lawns.
1. FNB Stadium ( Soccer City)
FNB Stadium is situated in Diepkloof near Nasrec some 10 kilometers to the south-west of the city centre. The stadium was built as the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010.
FNB Stadium is the largest in Africa. It is also known as Soccer City.
2. Coca Cola Park Stadium
Previously known as The Ellis Park Stadium, The Coca Cola Park is situated in Johannesburg. The Ellis Park Stadium was named after Johannesburg City Council’s Mr. JD Ellis who made the initial area for the stadium available.
3. Parkview Golf Club
Parkview Golf Club enjoys a pre-eminence status among golf clubs in South Africa. Blending an illustrious history with an 18-hole parklands course widely admired for the condition of its fairway and greens, a modern and well-appointed clubhouse, and a friendly camaraderie among members that are “uniquely Parkview”.
4. Woodmead Golf Course
This 600-hectare estate is gifted with 180 species of birds. Its 14 dams, which irrigate the two championship courses, are well stocked with many different fish. The wealth of natural resources has been blended together to create a harmonious balance between nature and the urban development surrounding the estate. The magnificent golfing facilities include excellent service; friendly staff; two full time teaching golf professionals; coaching academy with superb practice range and two putting greens. The club shop is well stocked with a wide range of soft goods and hardware. The Sandwedge halfway house is recognised as one of the finest in the country, offering the golfer a perfect break between rounds.
5. The Wanderers Club
Since The Wanderers Club’s first beginnings as a cricket club 121 years ago, it has provided a place for the people of Johannesburg to come together and celebrate life. Regarded by many as an extension of their own homes, the Club is the centre and heart of sport, recreation, and business dealings in not only Johannesburg – but South Africa at large.
6. Johannesburg Country Club
The Country Club is one of Africa’s finest golfing facilities, with two high quality championship courses on a large piece of ground in the plush northern suburbs. The club used to operate exclusively from Auckland Park just west of Johannesburg’s CBD. That property is still used for a variety of activities. The Woodmead Course opened in 1968, and Woodlands followed in 1992.
7. The Inanda Polo Club
The Inanda Club is situated in the heart of a busy and vibrant Sandton, and offers a way of life reminiscent of charming country living and rural tranquility. The landmark of calm and quality, The Inanda Club is situated on 40 acres of lush country estate, in the very heart of Sandton. The Club’s unique history spans 75 years and the relaxed and convivial ambience make it one of the most sought-after clubs in Gauteng. Whether it is an intimate dinner, a black-tie gala event in the ballroom or a corporate event on the polo field for 5000 guests, the Inanda Club has a venue to suit every occasion.
8. World of Golf Woodmead
The World of Golf theme park is a unique world-class practice facility, offering a wide range of activities for it members and visitors. The World of Golf is designed to help you improve your golf, in a fun and friendly environment. Surrounded by exquisite gardens and water features, the World of Golf offers a world where you are able to practice every shot imaginable.
- Sandton City
- Morningside Shopping Centre
- Woodmead Shopping Centre
- The Wedge Shopping Centre
- Fourways Shopping Centre
- Hyde Park Shopping Centre
- Rosebank Mall
Entertainment and events
- Theatre on the Square
- Johannesburg Civic Centre
- Linder Auditorium
- Movie cinema at Sandton City
- Movie cinema at Village Walk
- Movie cinema at Hyde Park
- Rosebank Rooftop Market
- The Coca-cola Dome
- Gallagher Estate
- Fountain Recreation Centre
- Heia Safari
- Sandton Convention Centre
- Montecasino Complex
- Emperors Palace Casino
- Design Quarter
- OR Tambo International Airport (35km)
- Lanseria Airport (30km)
- Sandton Gautrain station (2km)
- Rovos Rail Capital Park Station (50km)
- Bill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris – Hot Air Ballooning (45km)