24 hrs in Johannesburg
Johannesburg is a vibrant City which was founded in 1886 during the gold rush, evidence of this can still be seen in the mine dumps that surround the Southern part of the City. For first time visitors there can be a lot to see and for regular visitors, there are always new places to add to a growing list.
There are many ways to get around the City depending on which part of the City you are staying you can make your choice between, catching a metered taxi, a minibus, a metro bus, the Gautrain or an Uber.
Probably the easiest way to get around the City is on the Red Bus– you can take the Red Bus which departs every 30 minutes starting from 9:00 am – there are several interesting places where you can drop off and wander about. One of those places is the Carlton Centre
Known as the Top of Africa the Carlton Centre is the tallest building in Africa and has been since its completion in 1973. Here you can have a 360-degree view of the City and have a clear idea of how the city has evolved.
Once you have seen the Carlton Centre you can head back to the bus and drop off at Gold Reef City where you can take a Shuttle Bus to Soweto. Along the way, you will drive past Soccer City and Orlando Towers and Hector Peterson Museum and Memorial among other places and then drop off at Vilakazi Street, where you will find the Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela once lived and has now been restored into a museum. Also found at Vilakazi Street is the old residence of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. You can then enjoy an early African themed lunch at Sakhumzi, one of the many restaurants on the street. After you have had some lunch take a ride back to the City Centre on the Shuttle and enjoy the rest of the Red Bus Trip from Gold Reef City.
If you have not taken the Red Bus another fun thing to do would be Walking tour of the City, There are a number of walking tours in the City some free some paid and you can learn a lot of the history of the Johannesburg. One of these tours is the Joburg Free Walking Tour and runs every day, from 10:30. Starting from Park Station Each tour lasts 1hr 45 minutes. You will also see the places like the Nelson Mandela Bridge, Mining District of Johannesburg where you will learn about the history of mining in Johannesburg.
Depending on the day of the week you may want to might want to visit Neighbourgoods Market situated in Braamfontein open on Saturdays or Market on Main open on Sundays. Anyone who considers themselves a foodie will love the gourmet food, craft beers and cocktails on offer at these two popular markets.
There are several places to shop in Johannesburg depending on your style and budget. Some place to note are the Newtown Junction, the Oriental Plaza where you can find anything from African themed prints to shoes and while you at it practice your bargaining skills.
Evening – Night
As the day starts to wind down you can take the Gautrain to Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square – there are several shops in the mall as well as Restaurants. Further North is Montecasino with three hotels on the property, a variety of boutique shops, several restaurants, a theater, and a Casino, you can spend hours in this place.