4 Days History tour itinerary for Johannesburg, Pretoria & Soweto: Track Down Historical Events
Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto
Immerse yourself into South African heritage. Union Buildings, National Zoological Gardens, Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, Sterkfontein Caves, Apartheid Museum, and many other sites will explain how modern South Africa was formed.
Pretoria & Surrounds:
Pretoria which is known as the Jacaranda City thanks to the blaze of purple blooms that brighten its many parks and gardens in the spring. Pretoria is also the administrative capital of South Africa. The first stop will be at the Voortrekker Monument which is situated high on a hilltop south of the city centre; the Voortrekker Monument is a South African National Heritage site and one of the country's most visited historic monuments. Sitting on Salvokop Hill with panoramic views, Freedom Park traces the story of South Africa's liberation and honours those who played an important role. The site overlooks the nearby Voortrekker Monument and other key landmarks of the city below.
Then, you proceed to The site that holds a special place in the hearts of many South Africans, The Union Buildings, best known for the inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela's which took place here in 1994.
With half the exciting day passed, you will continue to the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa via Church Square and the Paul Kruger Monument. This large zoo encompasses a walk-through aviary, a reptile house with a collection of animals from all over the world, as well as the country's only inland aquarium where visitors can see many species of fish including ragged-tooth sharks. Among the large mammal collection, highlights include the lion and tiger exhibit, hippos, and elephants. Lunch is also available here.
Then, you will make your way to your accommodation place where you will get settled into your rooms and have some dinner. An early night is important as you will be having an early start the next day.
Cradle of Mankind
After breakfast, you will depart from your accommodation place and make your way to The Cradle of Humankind. It is about 47,000 hectares in size and is located just 50 kilometres from Johannesburg. It is one of 8 places in South Africa listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1999.
Here, 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. There is also a restaurant at the Sterkfontein Caves that offers a wide variety of snacks and meals.
After an exciting day exploring, you will return to Pretoria where you can freshen up before heading to The Grove Shopping mall to have a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants and end the perfect day at Ice Rink and learn to skate.
Johannesburg City Tour
After breakfast, you will depart on your city tour.
The first stop will be at the Apartheid Museum which details the general history of the apartheid era.
Then, you will continue to the constitutional court on Constitution Hill for a short tour.
Following the educational part of the tour, you will then visit Gold Reef City for the rest of the day; this is a replication of an authentic turn-of-the-century mining town and the theme park is one of the biggest in South Africa and will transport you to the gold rush era.16 thrill rides, 14 dedicated rides for the kiddies, Jump City Trampoline Park, the only authentic underground mine tour in Johannesburg, 12 dining options, plus 15 other attractions!
Return to accommodation and freshen up for dinner.
If the day was not too exhausting, the option to see an incredible IMAX movie is available.
Soweto Township Tour
Early morning breakfast, departure to the largest and most vibrant township; Soweto. It's home to more than 1.2-million South Africans and some of the most significant historical events in South Africa took place here.
The first stop will be at Regina Mundi Church, which was one of the gathering points of the ANC leadership during the apartheid time.
Continue to Chris Isaac High school, where the 1976 student march started.
Proceed with the route to where Hector Pieterson was shot and then visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum.
Stop for a traditional lunch at Sakomisie restaurant or similar followed by a drive down Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world in which two Nobel Prize winners have lived: Mandela’s house as well as Desmond Tutu’s house.
Stop at Freedom Square, where the freedom charter was signed.
Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park, Union Building, Church Square, Paul Kruger House/ Monument, Zoo including cable car and light lunch (R100) Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Cradle of Mankind Maropeng Visitor Center and Sterkfontein cave, light lunch (R100) & Ice Rink DBB.
Soweto Tour, Regina Mundi Church, Hector Pieterson memorial museum, Mandela House, Light Lunch (R100).
Apartheid Museum, Constitutional Hill, Gold Reef City Theme Park & Heritage Tour, light lunch (R100) & IMAX.
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All costs are based on travel and activities and accommodation in South Africa only.
Pretoria-Cradle of Mankind -Johannesburg & Surrounds –Soweto Township Tour
Gauteng, province, northeastern South Africa. It consists of the cities of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Germiston, and Vereeniging and their surrounding metropolitan areas in the eastern part of the Witwatersrand region. Gauteng is the smallest South African province.
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Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto
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