Upon collection from your hotel, you will receive a pre-departure briefing from your personal tour guide before departing for Johannesburg’s inner city.
En route to our first stop, you’ll get a great view of one of the instantly recognisable features of the iconic Johannesburg skyline – Hillbrow Tower. Standing at 269m tall, it was the tallest structure in Africa for 45 years. We take a turn past the seat of the Constitutional Court and prison-complex-turned-museum at Constitution Hill before making our way through the busy streets of Braamfontein – one of the revitalised suburbs of the city which houses the head offices of some of South Africa’s largest corporations.
Leaving “Braamies”, we drive across the Nelson Mandela Bridge towards Jo’burg’s cultural and creative hub, Newtown, where we find Mary Fitzgerald Square – named after Mary “Pickhandle” Fitzgerald who is widely recognised as being the first female trade unionist in South Africa’s history. The Square is home to the Jazz Walk of Fame, which pays homage to 9 of South Africa’s most influential jazz artists.
Leaving the arts behind us, we head towards the Financial District, where old colonial architecture rubs shoulders with modern skyscrapers before making our way to Gandhi Square, which is named after the famous political activist Mahatma Gandhi, who had strong ties with South Africa. A trip up to the viewing deck of the Carlton Tower provides you with a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the city from the viewing deck at the “Top of Africa”.
You end the day off with a visit to the mind-blowing Apartheid Museum where you will trace South Africa’s tumultuous recent history, from segregation and struggle to liberation and democracy.
Your guide will return you to your hotel at the end of the tour.