Johannesburg is also known as Jo’burg or Jozi. This rapidly changing city is the heart of South Africa! After having had a bad reputation for almost 20 years, Johannesburg has now completely changed! There are now hip neighborhoods, such as Maboneng, with nice restaurants and bars.
During this day tour you will learn, under the guidance of a local guide, about the past and contemporary life in the largest city in South Africa. You will visit Constitution Hill and the Apartheids Museum and enjoy the view from ‘Top of Africa’. A varied day full of history and culture.
|Daily between 9 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. (The Apartheids Museum is closed on Mondays)
|Included from your accommodation in Johannesburg or the airport
The first known ‘building’ you will encounter along the way is the football stadium that was built for the 2010 World Cup. The first stop is Vilakazi Street, perhaps one of South Africa’s most famous streets. It is even the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu – have lived. Archbishop Tutu still has a house there. The former house of Mandela is now a museum (a visit to this museum is optional and for your own account).
The Hector Pieterson Memorial is named after the first victim of the 1976 uprising. During a protest march of thousands of children, protests were made against the exclusive use of Afrikaans in schools. The security police tried to disperse the mass with tear gas. When that did not work, a shot was fired. The photo of the 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, shot in the arms of a fellow student, went across the world and became the symbol of the fight against Apartheid.
You drive past the Chris Hani hospital, the largest hospital in the world. The hospital was originally intended for recovering British soldiers. In 1997 the name of the hospital changed from Baragwanath Hospital to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, to pay tribute to Chris Hani, the political leader of the African National Congress who was shot down in 1993 by white extremists.
After lunch (for your own account), the tour continues. To close the section in Soweto, visit the Apartheid Museum. This museum is perhaps the most interesting and moving exhibition in the whole of South Africa. Here you get a multimedia tour through the terrible history of Apartheid. Upon arrival you will receive a card on which your ‘temporary’ variety is stated: white or not white. You are immediately confronted with ‘separate’ entrance gates. You follow a different route through the museum for each race. You make a journey through time. From the beginning of apartheid to the fall of 1994. The year in which Nelson Mandela celebrated victory.
After this interesting and impressive day full of culture and history you will be brought back to your accommodation or to the airport. The precise route depends on the weather and the collection addresses.