South Africa Adventures 10 best day tours in Johannesburg
Are you looking for a day tour from Johannesburg but have absolutely no idea where to start?
From Hip Hop to Kwaito, rugby to soccer, business men in power suites and township folk in traditional attire-Johannesburg is one heck of a city. And whatever time you have, there are numerous ways to explore the iconic sites, legendary national parks like the Pilanesberg, national monuments and the wide open spaces on the outskirts of the city.
History, modernity, wildlife and culture live hand in hand in Johannesburg.
Need some air? Head out into the national Park of the Pilanesberg and come face to face with the abundance of wildlife that roam freely there. Feeling nostalgic? Join us on a journey back in time at the Sterkfontein Caves or Apartheid Museum. Craving culture? Hit the village of Lesedi or take Soweto day tour to reach deep inside the soul of the South African people.
“Johannesburg has always been on our top wish-list when we plan a trip to South Africa and we have spent many incredible days exploring this vibrant and young city. On every visit our itchy feet entice us to explore the city even more and so we have made it our mission to discover the 10 best day tours in Johannesburg” James Smith, travel correspondent from Ohio
The city of Gold is home to a selection of incredible and diverse tours ranging from full day to half day excursions. Whether you are interested in hiking, wildlife, historical or cultural experiences, Johannesburg has it all.
A must do tour for any wildlife enthusiast. The Pilanesberg is home to an abundance of wildlife including the Big 5 which roam freely in the natural habitat. This National park is a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Join our specially crafted tour that includes an open air game drive with one of our game rangers. You will learn about the wildlife and plant species in this epic day tour. We spend at least 6 hours in the park in search of giraffe, lion, elephants, zebra, rhino and a host of other wildlife-A long day but so worth it in the end.
Have you ever had an elephant as a tour guide? Well how about this for a day tour then? Spend just over an hour walking and interacting with 3 semi habituated elephants in their natural environment. They are not kept in cages or made to do tricks. In fact, they pretty much go where thy like. You just need to keep up-which is pretty easy to do given the fact that elephants eat nearly 10% of their body weight every day. So yes, you are invited to watch them snack on a tree or 20 while you salivate with anticipation for your lunch.
As with many countries around the world, South Africa is no different when it comes to having a dark history. The first part of the tour is pretty heavy to say the least. The Apartheid museum takes you on a journey into the politics and struggle that haunted the country for way too long. The second part of the tour takes you on a fascinating tour through the township of Soweto that will give you a brief insight into the soul of the African culture.
So yes folks. South Africa is officially the home to oldest human fossil ever found. They were discovered in the Sterkfontein caves, a mere 45 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg. The caves that belong to the Wits University is still an active archeological site. Visitors are only permitted to explore 5% of the caves. The tour is a fascinating one that takes you underground into the cave system itself. And no need to worry about leopard crawling and abseiling through itsy bitsy places that may require you to hold back on a few lunches beforehand. The guided walk lasts and hour and you will get to see some of the best cave formation in South Africa.
Impi! wo ‘nans’ impi iyeza Obani bengathinta amabhubesi? What was that old chap? You are going to have to take a tour to the cultural village of Lesedi and ask the big chief yourself. This half day tour takes you on an incredible journey as you visit 5 of the major tribes of South Africa-Xhosa, Zulu, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho. Your tour guide at the village is a charismatic zulu warrior who is your host on this 3 hour adventure. The highlight is definitely the 45 minute drumming and traditional dancing session before lunch.
So it’s a bit of exercise with a dollop of nature that you crave? Join this incredible guided nature hike into the heart of the Magaliesberg mountains. We take you on a 10km hike through the Plumori Private Game reserve with a ranger. You will get up close and personal with giraffe, zebra and host of other wildlife and plant species. The ranger will show you how to identify and track animals from their spoor. He will show you the various medical properties of the local plant species. Pretty cool interactive walking tour I’d say
BUUUUUUNNNNNGEEEEEEE!!!!!!!! Yip, for all you adrenaline crazy, need to have your head checked types out there, you need to do the bungee jump in Soweto. There is a choice of jumping into a cooling tower (as if that’s a good idea) or the swing.
This sport that any adventure craving enthusiast has to try!!! And no, it is not reserved for the elite few. Anyone can learn to climb. The crags we climb on vary in grading room beginner to the just plain crazy. Our team of experts will take you on a vertical adventure that will blow your mind. And all of this is a safe and fun environment with like-minded people. Adversity introduces a man to himself. Come and meet yourself on this day tour only 45 minutes from Johannesburg.
Take a walk in the bush with 3 young lions. Ummmm.. What? Did you say lions? Those animals that will eat me? Well yes sirree, you heard correct. But don’t worry, They only see you as potential food when they get a tad older. So until then, they see you as one of the pride and will pretty much leave you alone. And if alone id your thing, you are out of luck because on this tour you are going to definitely be accompanied by lion ranger. All in all, a pretty epic tour
- Hot Air Ballooning over the Magaliesberg Day Tour
Take a flight in a hot air balloon over the Magaliesberg mountains.
Why take a day tour with South Africa Adventures?
So yes you have found a day tour that tickles your fancy. But alas, you are a solo traveler and the hassle of organizing it yourself is just too much of a pain. Stress not. Let us handle all of your travel requirements. Thus is what we have been doing for over 10 years. We have daily tours so all you need to do is get in touch with us and we will handle the rest. Our tours include all the hotel pickups, transfers to the various attractions, bottled water, lunch, guide and entrance fees. A fully inclusive package . All you need to bring is your camera.