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See the best of Johannesburg with a 1- or 2-day combo including a hop-on hop-off bus tour of Johannesburg and a minibus tour of Soweto! Get to all the major attractions with a City Sightseeing tour aboard a double-decker bus, including the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, getting out to explore on your own at any stop. In Soweto, get live commentary from a guide in the minibus as you see the main sights of Soweto, including Mandela House, Orlando Towers and FNB Soccer Stadium.

Highlights

  • Combination experience including a City Sightseeing Johannesburg hop-on hop-off tour and Soweto minibus tour
  • Enjoy a Soweto tour with an onboard guide and see Mandela House, Orlando Towers and Kliptown Open Air Museum
  • See where some of South Africa’s most historic events took place, including the Soweto Uprising
  • Travel by open-top, double-decker bus through Johannesburg’s city center
  • Visit top Johannesburg attractions such as the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and SAB World of Beer, at your own pace
  • Choose from a 1- or 2-day sightseeing ticket to suit your vacation schedule

What You Can Expect

Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours

Visit top Johannesburg attractions during the hop-on hop-off tour

See Johannesburg at your own pace with a 1- or 2-day combination sightseeing ticket that includes a Johannesburg hop-on hop-off bus tour and a Soweto minibus tour with a guide.

Choose between a ticket valid for 1 or 2 days, valid after the first time you use it, so you can craft the exact itinerary you want based on the places in Johannesburg you want to see. The tours can be taken in any order you like.

Soweto Minibus Tour (2 hours):
Meet your Soweto tour guide and minibus at the Gold Reef City bus stop in Johannesburg. Listen as your onboard guide explains the history of the area, including some of the most important events in the recent history of South Africa. En route, there are a few places where the minibus will stop so you can take photographs.

See the country’s biggest stadium, FNB Stadium, expanded for the 2010 World Cup. Learn about the community of Diep Kloof becoming integrated over the past few decades. Pass what was once the world’s largest hospital, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, built during the Second World War. Just opposite sits one of the biggest and busiest taxi stands in Johannesburg, the Bara Taxi Rank.

See the Orlando Towers, one of the city symbols, and the Orlando Stadium. The latter was reportedly the first sports facility built specifically for black South Africans. Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial to learn more about the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

Stop at Mandela House to learn more about the life story of South Africa’s former president. Mandela lived in this house, now a museum, from 1946-1962. The final stop on the Soweto tour is the Kliptown Open Air Museum in Walter Sisulu Square. This is where, in 1955, roughly 3,000 people gathered to adopt the Freedom Charter.

After transport back to Johannesburg, your minibus drops you off at Gold Reef City where the tour began.

City Sightseeing Johannesburg Hop-On Hop-Off Tour (1.5-hour full-loop duration):
Join the hop-on hop-off tour at any point along the bus route to see the highlights of Johannesburg. Admire the attractions from the open-air top of a double-decker bus while you listen to the audio commentary, including places like Ghandi Square and Constitution Hill. Get off at any stop to explore nearby sights like the skyscraper at Carlton Centre or the Apartheid Museum.

Ride the bus through its complete loop of 12 stops, a tour of roughly 1.5 hours, or hop on and off as many times as you like for the duration of your ticket. Consult the Itinerary section for a list of all the bus tour stops.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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.

Patrick H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very well organised and the guide and driver were excellent. Highly recommended and good value for money

Megan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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.

N.A. d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

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.

Margaret H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

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.

Virginia W

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

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.

Robet D A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

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!

robharper_30

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Very good. well organised and worth the money paid. guide was excellent.

Vivian S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

This was a great experience! The tour guide was knowledgeable with a great sense of humor! I would recommend this to anyone who is taking their first trip to Johannesburg.

John M

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

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.

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