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  • Location:Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Johannesburg Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the historical highlights of Johannesburg on this comprehensive 3.5-hour sightseeing tour! As you explore this bustling metropolis by luxury coach, see top Johannesburg attractions like Hillbrow Tower and Nelson Mandela Bridge. Walk up to the observation deck at the Carlton Center for unforgettable views over the city, and learn about South Africa’s transition to democracy at Constitution Hill.


  • 3.5-hour Johannesburg sightseeing tour by air-conditioned coach
  • Pass through downtown Johannesburg and see Hillbrow Tower
  • Enjoy captivating views from the 50th-floor observation deck at Johannesburg’s Carlton Centre
  • See the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Newtown
  • Visit Constitution Hill and learn about South Africa’s turbulent past

What You Can Expect

Johannesburg Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

See the Hilbrow Tower on your tour of Johannesburg

Start your day with a pickup from your Sandton or Rosebank hotel, then relax on the journey into Johannesburg's city center. Gaze out at the historical buildings of downtown Johannesburg that dominate this bustling city. Your guide will point out the must-see Hillbrow Tower that juts out over the city's skyscrapers, as well as the iconic Post Office Tower.

Stop outside Africa’s tallest skyscraper, the Carlton Centre, and walk up to the 50th floor observation deck with your guide to see sweeping panoramas of the entire city. After walking around the viewing platform at your leisure, return to your coach to continue seeing the sights.

Continue on to Constitution Hill next, passing by the Supreme Court and the famous Nelson Mandela Bridge in Newtown, said to symbolize Mandela’s role in bridging the apartheid divide. As you drive around Constitution Hill, listen to your guide explain some of the fascinating history that this National Heritage site has witnessed throughout the years. Learn about South Africa’s turbulent past and its slow yet steady transition to democracy.

Pass the new constitutional court and the historic site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison Complex, where Nelson Mandela was famously the only black prisoner to be held here. Your tour winds back through the affluent neighborhood of Houghton, passing lavish homes and leafy streets.

If time permits, enjoy a final stop at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens at Emmerentia Dam. Spend time here at leisure, wandering amid the African herb garden and strolling along the tranquil lawns.

Your tour then ends with a drop-off back at your Johannesburg hotel.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very nice and informative. Mark was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Brilliant. I had no idea S Africa was so beautiful and the people so friendly. I did not feel unsafe at any stage in the trip. I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Jo'burg gets a mixed press, and on the basis of our tour, undeservedly so. Our guide Moses was informative and gave a lively and fascinating presentation of Johannesburg's role in the development of modern-day South Africa. The Constitutional Court was well worth a visit, and seeing the redevelopment of down-town Jo'burg was a welcome antidote to the scare stories one hears. Highly recommended, and I just wish we'd had enough time to see Soweto too under Moses' excellent guidance.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Our tour guide was Hennie of Tourvest. He was very proud of his city Johannesburg and wanted to impart as much knowledge and show us as much as he could during our half day tour. We were lucky to have such an informative tour and I would recommend Hennie for any tour in and around Johannesburg.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Excellent guide - punctual, informative and willing to answer questions. Really interesting - not much to see, as such, but lots of interesting info if you're interesting in the politics and history of the place.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Our guide Tembo was excellent. He was very informative and friendly. I would have loved to have spent a little more time on the tour. The time seemd a little rushed. However, it was a great insight into JoBurg. I will highly recommend to family and friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

Driver right on time. Very knowledgeable. Was very pleased with tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Again, this was a great opportunity to learn about Soweto and related socio/political changes from a resident.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2012

Very enjoyable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2010

The tour was excellent, The guide was informative and so enthusiastic about his subject that it was infectious despite the fact that we had just from the airport after an 11 hour flight
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