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Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

1. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. You’ll also make a stop at Cub World, where you can cuddle baby lions. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, which showcases artifacts related to Paul Kruger, the 3rd president of South Africa from 1883-1900. Before the tour ends, you’ll view some of the architectural standouts of the city, like the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice, and Capital Theater. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having seen the urban and rural highlights of a vibrant capital city.

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From Jo'burg: Lion Park & Cradle of Humankind with Lunch

2. From Jo'burg: Lion Park & Cradle of Humankind with Lunch

Visit the world-renowned Cradle of Mankind on a popular full-day tour from Johannesburg. Transfers from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria are provided. The Cradle of Humankind is about 47,000 hectares in size and is located just 50 kilometers from Johannesburg. It is one of 8 places in South Africa listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1999. You’ll find a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed Mrs. Ples) was unearthed in 1947. In fact, more than a third of all hominid fossils ever found have come from this area. At the Maropeng Visitor Center you’ll take in the world-class exhibition, opened in 2005, that focuses on the development of humans and hominins over the last few million years. At the entrance, you’ll see a massive burial mound called the Tumulus, which is also your gateway to learning the secrets of human ancestry. At the Sterkfontein Caves you’ll see evidence of the discovery of many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4 million years, to the birth of humanity. The Lion Park, which you’ll also visit on this tour, is a prime example of the grassland biome typical of the highveld. 

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Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

3. Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

Depart from your accommodation in Johannesburg and begin your tour, which is full of history and culture. Drive through the suburbs of Johannesburg North, heading to the Cradle of Human Kind. Your tour guide will answer any questions you may have about the destination you are heading to. Legend has it that African ancestors lived here for 3 million years and that it is the birthplace of Humanity. Explore the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Center to learn more about why this place is called the Cradle of Human Kind. See different fossils and discover a lot of information about the birthplace of humankind. Continue on to the Lesedi Cultural Village to learn about the different cultures of South Africa and how they shape the modern lifestyles. African culture is very rich and the Lesedi Cultural Village provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rainbow nation of diverse cultures. Wrap up the day with a famous African dance that will be a wonderful end to your tour. After Lesedi, the driver will bring you back to your accommodation. 

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Constitutional Hill & Apartheid Museum Half Day Tour

4. Constitutional Hill & Apartheid Museum Half Day Tour

Embark on this history filled tour to understand the real history of South Africa in six hours. Firstly, be picked up from your Johannesburg hotel and travel to Constitutional Hill, which holds remarkable history about South African law. You will get to learn about the injustices of the South African Pass while observing the process by which freedom was won and is now protected.  You will hear stories of the rebellious Boer soldiers who fought with the British soldiers at the turn of the century, the youth caught up in the Soweto Uprising, to the dawn of democracy and the building of South Africa's constitutional court; Constitution Hill has witnessed it all. In addition, you will visit the Apartheid Museum. This tour helps you understand and experience what apartheid in South Africa was really like for local people. 

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Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

5. Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour

Transport is provided from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria to the world famous Cullinan Diamond Mine. Visit the Cullinan diamond mine, where a diamond of 3106 Carats were discovered in 1905. You'll have the option of a surface mine tour or an underground mine tour. A surface tour comprises a nine minutes DVD, a model of an underground tunnel, the mine shaft, the hoist room and big hole. The tour lasts for 1 and half to 2 hours. The underground mine tour takes about 4 hours. Visitors are provided with safety clothes, such as overalls, safety shoes, socks and helmets. You are then taken down to the level of 763 meters. You then walk to other levels where you will see the ore being tipped, crushed and hoisted up. You also visit the administration offices and workshop underground. After visiting the mine, you will get the opportunity to visit the Cullinan diamond mine market for an unforgettable diamond jewellery shopping experience. Drive through the beautiful town of Cullinan, and finally return to your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

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Johannesburg: Guided Bike Tour of Hillbrow, Berea & Yeoville

6. Johannesburg: Guided Bike Tour of Hillbrow, Berea & Yeoville

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore inner Johannesburg on a bicycle. Get a glimpse of Berea, Yeoville, Bertrams, Ellis Park Stadium, and Makers Valley. See more of Johannesburg's suburbs in less time. This tour will not only let you in on the city's history but also take you through the transformation of Hillbrow and Berea from the 1990s until now. Meet your guide at the Windybrow Arts Center to receive your bike and helmet. Begin with a brief tour of the iconic Ponte City tower in Berea. Understand the unexplained mysteries of this part of Johannesburg. Interact with local people. Treat yourself to locally-brewed coffee. Sample South African sandwiches called kota. Wrap up the tour by meeting local entrepreneurs who help prevent gentrification and uplift their communities. Get to experience Johannesburg like a local. This tour will get you closer to everything the city has to offer.

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Private Lesedi Cultural Village Half-Day Tour

7. Private Lesedi Cultural Village Half-Day Tour

Experience this tour full of traditional culture, heading out to Lesedi Culture Village which is about an hour drive from Johannesburg. Firstly, you will be picked up from you hotel or accommodation in Johannesburg. You will travel through Johannesburg's leafy suburbs north on route to the village. As you progress on the trip, you will realize that now you are leaving the city and heading out of town as the countryside begins to become a relaxed rural environment. On this visit, you will discover the Zulu's and why they like the fighting sticks, the Xhosa with their trademarks blankets and the drums and whistles of the Pedi people just to mention a few.  Once at Lesedi the atmosphere changes to a traditional set up where you get to see the homesteads in their historical designs. You are split into groups to get a feeling of the diversity in cultures with each group getting maximum exposure from the various traditions. You also get to know how much dowry each tribe asks for and of course, this is paid in cows. Finally, you will experience the taste of a traditional local cuisine before returning to your hotel in Johannesburg.

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Johannesburg Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

8. Johannesburg Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once we receive your booking, the supplier get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They will hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Johannesburg, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Fantastic day with the balance between the historical sites of Pretoria & the amazing animals at the lion park. My guide Thabang from MoAfrika Tours was exceptional and imparted his knowledge of Pretoria & South Africa. Well organised. Pick up & drop off to motel in Pretoria. Comfortable vehicle with wifi.

Great day. The day before, contact from driver Jason to finalize the pick-up time. Pick up then 100% on time, a lot about the country and things on the way from Johannesbur to Pilanesberg. On the safari then a lot of animals z. T. seen very close. 100% recommend.

Personally guided and informative day tour involving Lion Reserve, caves and museum experience. well balanced and a great one day introduction on first South African visit.

Our guide Nic was tralla Great - we Loved the tour! Best Guide ever!

Lions and Cheetahs up close. Very knowledgeable guide.