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City Sightseeing: Hop-on Hop-off Johannesburg + Soweto Guided Tour

City Sightseeing: Hop-on Hop-off Johannesburg + Soweto Guided Tour

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Highlights

  • The Johannesburg Hop-On, Hop-Off tour will facilitate the panorama views and make the visit more memorable.
  • Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Johannesburg and Soweto (One route incorporating a total of 11 stops).
  • Both live and recorded audio guides
  • Smartphone Voucher Accepted! (No need to print)

Overview

Enjoy sightseeing in Johannesburg for the better part of the day and end your day trip grandiosely with a 2-hr tour of Soweto. Your combo hop-on hop-off voucher is the passport that lets you view all the key attractions in Johannesburg from the upper open-air deck of a double-decker bus. If you wish, you can jump off at any scheduled stop to discover the attraction at your own pace and convenience. For instance, you can walk around Military Museum, Johannesburg Zoo, Zoo Lake, Rosebank, Mining District, New Town, James Hall Transport Museum, and Carlton Center. To enjoy bird’s eye views of the city from the viewing deck named “Roof of Africa” you’ll have to visit Carlton Center. In the final leg of your tour, you travel to Soweto for admiring landmarks such as Mandela House, FNB Stadium, Orlando Stadium, Orlando Towers, and Soweto Brewing Company.

Itinerary

Johannesburg Tour
Your hop-on hop-off Johannesburg + Soweto tour voucher allows you to see the top sights in Johannesburg from the open-top deck of a double-decker bus. The flaming red double-decker bus will stop very close to nearly all must-see landmarks in downtown Johannesburg and the suburbs. An onboard audio guide will inform you about the history and background of all the important tourist attractions as you watch them.
 
The Johannesburg hop-on hop-off expedition usually lasts for 1.5 hours with the bus stopping at 12 different points. If you wish, you can jump off at one or more stops to embark on a walking tour of the area. The bus will take you to popular landmarks such as the Carlton Center skyscraper, Gold Reef City Theme Park, Gandhi Square, and Constitution Hill.
 
Visit the numerous museums in the city like the Apartheid Museum and the Workers Museum, and amble down the mining district. Make sure you scale to the summit of the ‘Top of Africa’ viewing deck to soak up the captivating cityscapes and 360° views.
 
Soweto Tour Guided by Local Resident
Once you’re through with your Johannesburg expedition, you’re ready to start the final leg of your itinerary- a 2-hour Soweto trip. Lying on the southern fringe of Johannesburg, Soweto (abbreviation of ‘South Western Townships) is a rambling urban settlement. You’ve to change buses at the Gold Reef City bus stop situated in the heart of Johannesburg for the Soweto tour.   
 
Put on your headphones to tune in to the prerecorded audio commentary while the shutterbug in you encourages you to freeze the moments. You’ll walk back in time as you visit Mandela House where the illustrious Nelson Mandela lived with his family for 16 years (from 1946-1962). Walk around and inside the largest sports ground in South Africa-the FNB Stadium-that hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010.
 
Admire the massiveness of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital constructed during WWII and which used to be the world’s biggest hospital till 1997. And sprawled out on the other side of the road (opposite the hospital) is Johannesburg’s largest taxi stand-the Bara Taxi Rank. Visiting Orlando Towers is a must to be a witness to the highest SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) freefall in the world.
 
Thereafter you should head to the Hector Pietersen Memorial in Orlando West which served as the breeding grounds for the 1976 Soweto Uprising. Klipton Open Air Museum in Walter Sisulu Square (where about 3000 people congregated to approve the Freedom Charter) is the last stop of the Soweto trip.

Schedule

Red City Tour:
Schedule: 09:50 - 15:50
Frequency: 60 Minutes
Loop: 85 Minutes
First Departure: The ZONE @ Rosebank/ Rosebank Gautrain Station

Soweto Tour:
Schedule: Daily departures at 10h20 and 12h20.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Meeting Point: The Soweto tour starts from the office located in the lobby of the Gold Reef City Casino (Stop 13).

Inclusions

  • 1 Day Johannesburg Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket
  • On-board audio commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu)
  • Show your Red Bus ticket to gain Free entry to The Playground at Braamfontein on Saturday - Stop 16 - (Neightbourgoods Market)
  • Unlimited access to the Red City tour
  • A special audio channel for kids to enjoy
  • 2h Soweto tour guided by a local resident
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle (selected hotels) - Please check Timetable under Useful Downloads section

Exclusions

  • Hotel Transfers
  • Meals
  • Entrance Fees

Redemption Info

You can board the bus at any stop and voucher can be exchanged directly with the driver. However, you can join the tour from below locations:
1. Tour office @ The Zone shopping centre, Oxford Road, Rosebank (Our host will walk with you to the bus stop, which can take about 5-8 minutes)
2. You can arrive on the "Gautrain" high speed rail link. Use North Exit at Rosebank station and head to the Tour office

Mobile and Printed vouchers are accepted at all stops.
You will receive a ticket in exchange for your voucher, which you must keep until the expiry date/ tour.
Please check your ticket to know when it expires.
After exchanging your voucher for a ticket, your voucher will no longer be valid.
In loss of voucher/ticket, company is not liable for any refund.
Flexible Ticket: Your voucher is valid for 14 days from the date you chose during your purchase.
Soweto Tour: The Soweto tour starts from the office located in the lobby of the Gold Reef City Casino (Stop 13)

Know Before You Go

Wheelchair Access, Air Conditioning
Hop On Hop Off at any of the stops along the circular route and simply show the same ticket to board the next bus
Kids love the open top buses and have a special commentary channel (In English)
We advise that you pre-book for entry into Gold Reef City. https://www.goldreefcity.co.za/theme-park/
Click here for Live Bus Tracking
We have lots of sanitiser at all touch points to ensure your safety. Masks must be worn on the lower deck of the bus.
The Carlton center is temporarily unavailable due to Covid Restrictions.
Parking available for your car at "The Zone" shopping center - entrance off Oxford Road
Infants can travel free and you do not require to book infant ticket.

Useful Downloads

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fee of ZAR10, per ticket cancelled, will be charged up to 24 hours before the chosen travel date. 100% cancellation fee applied within 24 hours of travel date.

Customer Reviews

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Filipe Camara
2024-02-24

I believe that more time in Soweto to visit Mandela House should be considered. Read More

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Filipe Camara
2024-02-24

I believe that more time in Soweto to visit Mandela House should be considered.

Filipe Camara
Sightseeingo

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Happy to hear your thoughts. It is always interesting to see what our travelers think of our service.

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Loan Nguyen
2024-02-12

Very good tour Read More

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Loan Nguyen
2024-02-12

Very good tour

Loan Nguyen
Sightseeingo

Thank you for your valuable feedback. Happy to hear your thoughts. It is always interesting to see what our travelers think of our service.

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