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A great tour to give you a taster of Johannesburg, an insight into the impact of apartheid and the reality that is Soweto. We actually did the tour in reverse order to what is advertised which meant that it was late afternoon by the time we passed Mandelas house so there wasnt the option to visit as suggested. However, there is a lot to pack in and something inevitably will be compromised.
Personally, we would have preferred more time at the prison known as Number Four and law courts at Constitution Hill by foregoing the Carlton Centre - which houses the tallest building in Africa at 50 storeys not that impressive by todays standards, it is very run down and views are so-so.
Throughout the tour, you are handed over to local guides who were all absolutely engaging and passionate about their subject matter. I say this as this means there is a lot of tipping and a warning to bring extra cash! This is certainly not a complaint - every one of our guides deserved anything given to them.
Highlights for us were visiting the prison, the Apartheid museum and Soweto all incredibly interesting and shocking but important in understanding South Africa past and present.
Just a note of where things could be improved We were picked up from our hotel and then spent more than an hour dodging the rush hour traffic to pick up another couple the other side of Joburg. This resulted in us being late in meeting up with the rest of the group and the tour of the prison had already started. I mention this as this was probably the only complaint of the tour coordinating the pick-ups - particularly as another couple were picked up by another driver from the airport which is just a short drive from our hotel. At the end of the tour, thankfully, all 5 of us that were staying in close proximity were taken back to our hotels in the same minibus!
Doing what: Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour
Well worth the money. The bus was always on time, the assistants on the bus extremely helpful and I felt very safe all the time. The side trip to Soweto was also very pleasant and worth the visit, although there was not enough time to actually go inside Nelson Mandela's house. One would have to pick up the next bus in order to do that. As the hop-on-hop bus goes only in one direction, one needs to truly plan ahead what sights they wish to visit and allow enough time to do it.
Karina United Kingdom
Excellent! Anthony arranged all the details over whatsapp which was convenient as I didn't have international roam. What I appreciated the most about the tour was how flexible he was in tailoring it so I could see places of interest to me in Johannesburg. He's incredibly friendly and his enthusiasm for his city also made my tour more enjoyable. Going to Soweto was wonderful and safe as too downtown Joburg.
Good tour, had a particularly good guide on the shuttle to Soweto Van and a good on-the-ground tour guide in Soweto - we took the option to walk from the stop before to the Mandella home with the local guide.
Only problem was having to print out the Viator voucher to give to City Sightseeing, that meant a trip to an internet cafe, and login onto my email using their web browser. Could have avoided this by booking direct with City Sightseeing.
Wonderful!! Would fly back to South Africa just to do this tour again. Anthony was a phenomenal guide-- friendly and intelligent, informed us of all the happenings and rich history of Johannesburg throughout the day. He tailors the tour to the needs and desires of those on the tour, and makes you feel safe and well taken care of the entire time! Nelson Mandela is one of my heroes and when I told Anthony that, he drove me through town to see all the Mandela related sites and exhibits in addition to the normal itinerary. The Lion Park was a great interactive experience with the animals, the food in Soweto was so delicious, the streets were bustling with entertainment, and the Nelson Mandela home visit and Apartheid Museum were so moving and powerful. The kind of tour that leaves you wanting more of South Africa : Fantastic all around.
Overall the tour was very good . The guides were very informative particularly the 2 men who guided us through Soweto. We did not go to the Apartheid Museum which was also on my tour itinerary . I would have liked to have seen it but my time in Johannesburg was limited so I could not see it another time
Outstanding! The red bus tour was great. I loved the narrator and the view from the top of the bus was excellent. The tour of Soweto was good and the tour guide was interesting, but I felt that aspect of the tour lacked a little as our guide left us for a few minutes in the hands of a stranger. We were also nervous about taking a taxi to and from the drop off point. It was 400 rand each way and we had heard scary stories about taxi drivers in Joburg I would pay extra for a ride from the hotel to the drop off point. Over all great!
The bike tour is an ideal precursor to visiting the Apartheid Museum. The museum is by any measure as good as everyone says it is, but experiencing it is all the more poignant if you've just spent several hours in Soweto, where the people including the knowledgeable and friendly Viator guides are wonderfully welcoming.
The Soweto minibus trip was the highlight - it costs extra but is well worth it.
There is a long distance between stops on the hop on/hop off route, which reflects the spread out geography of JoBurg. The Apartheid Museum is a a long way out of town. So in some way the trip is a little boring because of all the time spent going between places, but on the other hand it is very useful to getting you to places which are further from the center of town. I couldn't figure out the public transportation in JoBurg. I used the Gautrain, which was great, but is very limited in where it goes.
The hop on hop off portion of the tour was pretty good. But the Soweto tour had a detour due to protesting and rioting that resulted in us not be able to see one of the main attractions.
Definitely do the Soweto add-on... we had a FANTASTIC tour guide, whose name I can't pronounce but who enjoyed sharing it with us. Plenty to see and do, and a good way to see Jo'burg in one day. Leave time for the Apartheid Museum for sure.
Hop-on Hop-off door Johannesburg is leuk, maar niet bijzonder. De Sowetotour Tours daarentegen was zeer de moeite waard. Indrukwekkend! De gidsen zijn deskundig en weten veel te vertellen.
Our tour guide was great. Got to see Nelson Mandela's home and Bishop Desmund Tutu's home. Saw how the people of Soweto live.
Great Tour! We loved our guide and the fact that we were able to ride a bike through SOWETO brought us so much closer to understanding the significance of the place.
I loved the Apartheid Museum...it was a WOW! Spacious and well thought out. Would have been able to spend more time there. Fun to look over the area from the Carlton Centre but the bike ride was really the cream on the top. The guides were very informative and very attentive to those of us with a challenge going uphill. A very worthwhile ride to understanding the history of Soweto and the Apartheid.
Bruce S Australia
I was the only English speaking person in a tour group of German Tourist but our tour guide Rudie made the extra effort to provide narrative in both languages ... the visit to the squatter camp in Soweto was excellent and well managed by our tour guide ... well worth it
Doing what: Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
Maria K United Kingdom
We recently booked the half day tour. What was good: Our guide was polite, flexible and accommodating and gave a lot of information bringing to life Soweto, its history and how it is developing nowadays.
No so good: the tour lasted more than half a day and we spend most of the time (6 hours approx) in the van. The vehicle had small windows and it wasn't easy to see outside and that made it feel like a long day.
What could be better: More scheduled stops and more opportunity to interact with locals.
Doing what: Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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