Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour
from AUD $135.86
On this full day tour your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and sites in Johannesburg. The tour will take you deep into the township culture, so you can enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively this part of Johannesburg really is! Support the local community. R50 per guest booking will be donated to a Local Care Centre.
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In Brief

Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
10 hours
Important InfoInfo
After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, you guide will give you a quick tour briefing before departing to Soweto (South Western Township).

On your way to Soweto you will pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything.In Orlando West you will visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this tour you will pass by the Mandela House. A visit into the museum is optional.

Continue your tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. Drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end your tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Apartheid museum

After Lunch on your own account on arrival at the world famous apartheid museum. Here you will learn about the history and struggle of South Africa during apartheid

Continue on to Johannesburg and start your introduction to Jozi with a view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. Enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session) Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a  tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg.

On your way to Newtown you will pass by the longest southern African bridge, named Nelson Mandela bridge. At Mary Fitzgerald Square you can walk on the Jazz Walk of Fame.

End this tour with a visit to the Carlton Centre, also known as the ‘Top of Africa’. There a lift will elevate you 50 stories for an amazing and total view over the city. In short, this tour offers you a unique Johannesburg experience at it's best!


  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Free Onboard Uncapped WiFi
  • Entry/Admission - Apartheid Museum


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

Between 8:30am and 9:30am

Departure Point

Collections from any Hotel or Address in Johannesburg

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.74 out of 5 based on the last 23 recent reviews

The toud gives a quite good overview of the city and of the history of the country. However, you have to be emotionally prepared for the tour - the prison/apartheid museum and Hector Petersen memorials parts of the tour are not "funny place". The guide is great. P.S. Bring some sweets for kids in Soweto.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2019
Our guide, Nick, was an excellent guide, knew Johannesburg well, and had an excellent attitude. I wish the van had a speaker system so the people in the back of the van could hear better. I strongly recommend.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2019
This tour was informative and hit the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. I think we visited the sites in a way that helped tell the story of recent history in S. A. Our tour guide Thsolo and his helper Fresh were a wealth of knowledge and made us feel very welcomed. Highly recommend!
• Submitted 05 Dec 2018
October 21st. We had a most amazing day with Thabang touring your wonderful city Johannesburg. We have looked forward to this day for a long time and and it far surpassed our expectations. Thabang is a wonderful ambassador for your company as well as your country and its inspiring history.He taught us to cherish dear Mr Mandela and appreciate better how much he brought not only to South Africa but to the world. Every tour stop was worthy of our time spent. The very special visit was in the community in Soweto. We are so glad Thabang was willing to take us there. We have a much better understanding of the South African township life and we are richer for it. Please know for yourself and tell him for us we think he is a wonderful guide. Please let me know how to send a review to Viator. It will be 5 stars. Sincerely,Kevin Lemon
• Submitted 05 Nov 2018
The tour was worthwhile; the tourist guide make all the difference. Am glad I took this tour; got to know Johannesburg's past and present life.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2018
Our guide, Tsholo, was great! Very informative and personable. Gave us great information the whole day. Learned so much about South Africa, Johannesburg, and apartheid
• Submitted 18 Sep 2018
Great tour with our local guide BoBo, from Soweto. He did an excellent job.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Wonderful day, so very interesting and thought provoking. Would have loved longer at the Apartheid Museum. Our guide was fantastic, Tsholo thank you.
• Submitted 03 Jan 2018
We had a wonderful time .It was a full day.Very informative and educational. Constitutional Court was an eye opener. Apartheid museum is wonderful and you need time there. Soweto was something to see and our guide was great with lots of information. He even let us try a local bunychow.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2017
Great tour lots to see -hard to fit it all in. Not enough time in Aparteid museum service in café was so slow we had little over an hour in the museum. Constitution Hill was very interesting if somewhat shocking, loved the design of the new courthouse reflecting both the traditional culture of S Africa AND new constitution, in a creative and positive way. Soweto tour was extremely well run and very enlightening felt far safer and less dark and threatening than expected - a place of many contrasts. Would have liked more time around the area of Nelson Mandela's house also. A good intro to S. Africa, with a friendly and interesting guide
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
We wanted an overview of Johannesburg with a focus on Apartheid, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The history is so complex, I was not expecting to do more than scratch the surface, but our guide fully understood what were looking for and delivered even more. Thank you, Viator, thanks Ben, and thanks to all the guides at each stop.
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
It was real eye opener for me. Very thought provoking. The three main visits and the quick tour through downtown Johannesburg provided insights into the history and brings into reality the long road that the people of South Africa have to go and why it will likely take generations to recover. Our tour guide/driver Ben was amazing and I regret that I didn't tip him at all what he deserved I had arrived from London overnight and was still thinking GBP - felt so terrible and stupid after I realized my error.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2017
The guide and driver, Sunny, was very informed and enthusiastic. Gave us a lot of information.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2017
We really enjoyed this tour. We were handed off to on-site guides in the individual attractions and Nick filled us in on everything in between. Well done!
• Submitted 03 Sep 2017
Worth every penny. I went with my 18 year old daughter and I think it was a very eye opening experience for her. Our driver was just outstanding. One of the best experiences we have has in our two weeks in SA.
• Submitted 18 Aug 2017
Well pleased that we booked this trip before leaving the UK. The driver had driven some distance to pick my wife and I up from the airport hotel. He was well informed of the area, and we learnt a great deal from him, about the country, the area of Jo.burg, and his home town of Soweto. We spent some time collecting other guests, before leaving the vehicle, and being taken up the tallest building in Jo.burg, for views around the city. We visited Constitution Hill, which was really interesting, The old jail was a real eye opener, as to what black people had to endure in the past. The new court was also interesting. We then had the opportunity to visit the Nelson Mandela Museum, which had lots of facts about this great man, and get some lunch. Our visit to Soweto in the afternoon was my highlight of the day. It was nothing like I expected it to be. We were shown the church where the meetings were held, and the bullet holes made when the Police raided it. We were unable to go down one street due to rocks and stones littering the road, and yobs throwing missiles at passing traffic. We were informed that they were protesting about the cost of living and fuel prices. A lovely day, and well worth the experience.
• Submitted 13 Jun 2017
A great introduction to this vibrant city. Our guide was prompt, courteous and made sure no one on our tour group got lost!
• Submitted 09 Apr 2017
This is a must do tour for any one who visits Jo'burg and wants to find out about its past and present. The guide/driver Bobo picked us up on time and took us first of all to the football stadium, explaining all about the surroundings on the way. Then to Soweto for a drive around the different areas before we left the bus for a walk through the slums - one of the inhabitants led us round and took us to his home. After this it was off to see the Hector Pieterson memorial and Nelson Mandelas house. In the afternoon we went to the Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and the courts and then up the tallest building for a panoramic view of the city. We got so much out of the day, enhanced by Bobo's knowledge and friendliness. Thoroughly recommended.
• Submitted 10 Jan 2017
The tour was very informative especially about the rise and fall of apartheid and of course the life and death of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest persons to have walked this earth.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
I very much enjoyed the tour as it offers a strong introduction to the city. Our guide, Bobo, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the city. I thought the trip was very well-organized and paced with just the right amount of time at each stop. I know that some people might want more time to explore the Apartheid Museum but I found two hours to be quite sufficient. My only suggestion for improving the tour would be to include lunch with it - there is also no time to eat lunch at the Apartheid Museum so perhaps lunch could be scheduled for a different stop on the tour.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2019
The tour was great ! However, I constantly felt like we were being rushed to the next thing. We toured Johannesburg first but I would have prefered to start in Soweto. When we arrived to both the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum we had a limited amount of time because they were close to closing. If the Apartheid Museum is something you are interested in be prepared to some back a second time. We were allowed 2 hours including lunch but if you would like to take your time and read everything it can easily take up an entire day by itself. Overall I think it was a great tour. My tour guide BoBo was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to get familiarized with the area and I would recommend it to anyone !
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A great tour to give you a taster of Johannesburg, an insight into the impact of apartheid and the reality that is Soweto. We actually did the tour in reverse order to what is advertised which meant that it was late afternoon by the time we passed Mandelas house so there wasnt the option to visit as suggested. However, there is a lot to pack in and something inevitably will be compromised. Personally, we would have preferred more time at the prison known as Number Four and law courts at Constitution Hill by foregoing the Carlton Centre - which houses the tallest building in Africa at 50 storeys not that impressive by todays standards, it is very run down and views are so-so. Throughout the tour, you are handed over to local guides who were all absolutely engaging and passionate about their subject matter. I say this as this means there is a lot of tipping and a warning to bring extra cash! This is certainly not a complaint - every one of our guides deserved anything given to them. Highlights for us were visiting the prison, the Apartheid museum and Soweto all incredibly interesting and shocking but important in understanding South Africa past and present. Just a note of where things could be improved We were picked up from our hotel and then spent more than an hour dodging the rush hour traffic to pick up another couple the other side of Joburg. This resulted in us being late in meeting up with the rest of the group and the tour of the prison had already started. I mention this as this was probably the only complaint of the tour coordinating the pick-ups - particularly as another couple were picked up by another driver from the airport which is just a short drive from our hotel. At the end of the tour, thankfully, all 5 of us that were staying in close proximity were taken back to our hotels in the same minibus!
• Submitted 08 Oct 2016
While the guided tour is excellent and must see for any visitor. But There are improvements to be made. Carlton centre perhaps could be eliminated but use that time at Soweto for Mandela museum which we could not do due to lack of time.
• Submitted 10 Sep 2017

In Brief

Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
10 hours