01 Dec On a short visit to SA? Let us help you make the most of your time!
So much is happening in and around Jozi (as the locals call Johannesburg) that even the shortest stopover or business trip can be an exciting adventure whatever your interests or budget.
Take a walk on the wild side
A visit to South Africa without a wild-life experience is unthinkable. If the Kruger Park doesn’t fit into your schedule, we can whisk you off to nearby Pilanesberg, which nestles in the crater of a volcano formed 1.2 billion years ago. This unique environment harbours a magnificent variety of flora and fauna, ranging from the big 5 to more than 360 bird species!
If you want to stay over, you’ll be spoilt for choice with lodgings ranging from camping sites to 5-star lodges. Enjoy a dawn walking safari with an armed ranger, dine by an open fire under the stars, or float over the wilderness in a hot-air balloon.
For an even shorter outing, we recommend the Lion Park where you’ll get the chance of interacting with those too cute and cuddly cubs!
Follow in the footsteps of 2 Nobel Prize winners
Vilakazi Street in Soweto is the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived within a short distance of each other. Visit Mandela House, a simple, 3-bedroomed home which is now a museum restored to what it looked like in 1946. Here Madiba lived with his first wife, Evelyn Mase, as well as his second wife, Winnie Madikezela-Mandela. He also lived here briefly after his release from prison in February 1990.
Just down the street is the home of another Nobel Prize laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. An anti-apartheid activist who campaigned fiercely for a just society, Tutu has become a well-loved, larger-than-life character known for his humour and sharp wit.
Live the struggle at the Apartheid and Hector Pieterson Museums
Take a trip to the heart of the struggle where you’ll learn about the lives, tears and triumphs of those who walked the road from incarceration to freedom.
Hector Pieterson, who was 13 when he died during the 1976 uprising, touched hearts around the globe. Today, South Africans celebrate the date of his death – 16 June – as Youth Day, a national holiday and commemoration of the part the youth played in the struggle for democracy.
Experience our arts and culture
Visit Lesedi Village in the heart of the African bushveld and step into the mystical cultures and traditions of the African people. Stay over in comfortable, traditionally-styled accommodation; enjoy tribal singing and dancing, and dine on delicious ethnic dishes.
A visit to the Cradle of Humankind gives a fascinating glimpse into the birth of humanity. At this World Heritage Site, around 1,000 hominid fossils spanning several million years have been discovered. The information centre has an excellent inter-active exhibition that shows how mankind evolved in Africa before migrating across the globe. Lunch on the deck of the Tumulus Restaurant also offers breath-taking views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges.
For the arts enthusiasts, Arts on Main is the place to visit. There you will find artists’ studios, galleries, eateries, and various retail spaces all in one venue – the perfect place to browse, shop, eat, drink and be merry.
Get spoilt rotten
If all the excitement leaves you slightly wilted, book a spa-experience that will leave you feeling spoilt, relaxed and refreshed. Good choices include the magnificent Mount Grace Country House & Spa in Magaliesberg and the Mangwanani Spa in northern Johannesburg.
Hope to see you soon!