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How to Spend 3 Days in Johannesburg

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How to Spend 3 Days in Johannesburg
South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg overflows with history and culture. With three days, you can soak up the scene in its hip neighborhoods, dive into the past at Constitution Hill, spot the “big five” in Pilanesberg, and more. Here are some ways to spend three days in Jo’burg.

Day 1: Explore the City
Kick off your visit to Johannesburg and get your bearings with a sightseeing tour. Group and private tours by bus or by bike typically take visitors to such attractions such as Constitution Hill and the Zoology Museum and also provide important historical and cultural context. If you prefer a measure of independence while sightseeing, you can book a ticket on a hop-on hop-off bus and explore at your own pace.

In the evening, get a taste of local culture with a visit to the trendy Maboneng neighborhood to soak up street art and enjoy lively bars. If you don’t want to go it alone, you can opt for a guided tour of one of the city’s other neighborhoods: Small group tours of vibrant Braamfontein introduce visitors to local restaurants and bars where you can sample regional food and sip craft beer and cocktails. 

Day 2: Immerse Yourself in Local History
Start off your second day with a tour of Soweto, the township created to serve apartheid, the policy of white minority rule in South Africa that lasted from 1948 to 1994, and the scene of notable uprisings against this policy. Tours of Soweto, by vehicle or by bike, typically take visitors to the mural-covered Orlando Towers and the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Some tours also visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, named for the 13-year old boy shot and killed by police on the first day of the 1976 Soweto Uprising. 

In the afternoon, learn more about this brutal period of South African history with a visit the Apartheid Museum, which presents visitors with a thorough history of South Africa's path to apartheid and its people's eventually victory over the forces of segregation. 

Day 2: Take a Walk on the Wild Side
On your final day, get up early and head to the Pilanesberg National Park and Game Reserve to seek out Africa's 'big five'—lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, and elephants. Full-day tours from Johannesburg typically include both a morning and afternoon safari in either open-top or closed vehicles as well as lunch. Some tours combine a morning visit to Pilanesberg with an afternoon visit to the nearby Sun City resort, where you can relax and enjoy swimming pools, casinos, and a cultural village.

Back in town, finish up your visit with a night out in the suburb of Melville, a bohemian enclave that is also a university town. The center of Melville's nightlife revolves around 7th Avenue, a strip of clubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes where you'll rub elbows with University of Johannesburg students and other revelers. 
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Pilanesberg National Park One Day Safari from Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park One Day Safari from Johannesburg

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Set out from Johannesburg to seek out Africa's 'Big Five' in Pilanesberg National Park. This tour includes both a morning and afternoon safari in either on open-top or closed vehicle, depending on your preference. Keep an eye out for various other wildlife, including cheetahs, giraffe, zebra and crocs as you go. Enjoy lunch next to one of the park's watering holes, where elephants, warthog, and blue wildebeest tend to gather. Then its back out across the park's rugged landscape on another unforgettable game drive.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Soweto City Tour with Apartheid Museum

Full-Day Soweto City Tour with Apartheid Museum

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Spend a day exploring the most famous township in South Africa on this full-day small-group guided tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable local guide for a visit to the renowned Apartheid Museum and huge Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Eat a buffet lunch of traditional local dishes. Enjoy round-trip transportation including hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

1 or 2 Day Johannesburg City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Skip the rigid itineraries of many guided tours and explore Johannesburg at your own pace with 1- or 2-day ticket for a hop-on hop-off bus. Ride around the city listening to commentary expounding on the history, culture, and modern life in the city, and hop off whenever you like to explore further on your own.
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  • 3 hours
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Bicycle Tour of Soweto

Bicycle Tour of Soweto

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Experience daily life in Soweto on this guided bike tour. Check out Nelson Mandela's house, learn about the history of Apartheid in South Africa and gain a deeper understanding of this nation's unique history.
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  • 2 hours
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

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Go on a game drive at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to look for Africa’s ‘Big Five,’ then head for the famous Sun City resort to relax and enjoy the pools, casinos, and cultural village. This combination covers the best of two different tourist attractions in one day trip from Johannesburg.
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  • 11 hours
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Johannesburg Half Day Small Group Tour

Johannesburg Half Day Small Group Tour

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With so much to do in Johannesburg, it can be hard for first-time visitors to know where to start exploring. This Johannesburg guided tour removes the guesswork by taking you to the city’s must-see sights such as Constitution Hill and the Nelson Mandela Bridge, all while pointing out restaurants, bars, and shopping centers that highlight the city’s booming urban culture.
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  • 4 hours
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Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum Tour from Johannesburg

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Explore some of South Africa's difficult past with a tour of the Apartheid Museum complex from Johannesburg. Follow the turbulent 20th century history of apartheid through multimedia exhibits.
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  • 4 hours
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$60.56
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