South Africa is a country which is constantly re-inventing itself. From a predominantly agrarian social structure, to colonial times and the dark days of apartheid, to the birth of the new democracy in 1994, its history is rich and fascinating. It has so much to offer – vibrant urban centres; a diversity of peoples with a rich and varied cultural life; extraordinary scenery and landscapes; abundant wildlife and big game viewing opportunities.
Many visitors come to South Africa for a safari experience visiting the Kruger National Park or one of the private game lodges in Madikwe or Sabi Sands, for example. But for the many travellers with packed itineraries who don’t have the time to do this, we have several wildlife tours where you can have an amazing big game experience within 2 hours of Johannesburg. Our Pilanesberg Game Reserve tour offers a great safari option where you can see all the big 5. Closer to home you can see a variety of big and smaller game at the Rhino and Lion Park. If you want a close encounter with the king of the wild, there is a choice between the Lion Park tour and Ukuthula Lion Park tour. Walk with the gentle giants on our Elephant Sanctuary tour or join the De Wildt Cheetah Centre tour and learn more about the fascinating habits of cheetah and wild dog.
South Africa has a diversity of cultures with many of the traditional ways of life being lost as rural people move to the cities and the older generation passes on. If you want an insight into some of these traditional societies and their practices join our Lesedi Cultural Village tour. If it’s Johannesburg’s colonial and mining history you are interested in, visit the recreated Victorian village with its re-enactment of pioneer life which is part of the Gold Reef City tour. Here you can also see the underground workings of a gold mine. Or you can walk down Main Street in downtown Joburg on our Joburg Inner City tour and see an old mining head gear and the headquarters of the big mining houses.
We have several historical tours for those who want to learn more about the struggle for democracy in South Africa. Join our the self-guided Apartheid Museum tour or see the visit the famous Hector Pieterson Museum and Regina Mundi Church with our Soweto tour and Constitution Hill on our Joburg City Tour.
And of course Africa is where humankind originated. Our Cradle of Humankind tour enables you to visit the Sterkfontein Caves and experience the visitors’ centre at Maropeng.
If you want a local excursion to see Africa’s big game or a more extended safari, we will be able to tailor-make any tour for you
There are many Johannesburg museums dealing with the history of the struggle against Apartheid. Along with the Apartheid Museum, there is Constitution Hill, Hector Pieterson Museum, Mandela House and Lilliesleaf