Old Fort/Constitutional Court/Constitution Hill.
Johannesburg City and Gold Tours
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Johannesburg City Tours

The Johannesburg Tour:

Ekala's tours are done Private - each Johannesburg tour uniquely designed for an individual experience. Structured around key sites and your time available.

We prefer to use our experience in Johannesburg to create a suitable day tour, including the most significant items in the area and the best use of time. However if you have specific requirements or places you wish to visit, Ekala will create a tour around this.

The most important Johannesburg sites we would always endeavor to include in our Johannesburg tours. However depends on time available and other items that have been specifically included, as Soweto and the Apartheid Museum.

Ekala offers half day Johannesburg tours covering some of Johannesburg's significant sites, to a comprehensive Johannesburg tour lasting 3 days.

Johannesburg as a day tour, we would generally not go into Museums – unless specifically required.

Ekala offer tours that would included Pretoria, Johannesburg and a wide range of cultural and historical tours.

Collection and drop off O. R. Tambo airport or any other point - Johannesburg or Pretoria.

For multi day tours, best to stay at Ekala Guest Farm - we can generally discuss items covered on the tour over dinner. We can also generally cover more with collection and drop off at Ekala Guest Farm.

Ekala's Johannesburg and surrounding area day tours - 7 days a week.

The Tour can include from the following - however can be adjusted to suit your requirements or time allocation.

View and experience the vibe of the Rainbow Nation in Johannesburg. A view across the Johannesburg central business district and Hillbrow with their stark contrast and living conditions.

Tour the up-market suburb of Houghton and the forest like area of Rosebank.

The 360 panoramic view of the city from the "Top of Africa" - the 50th floor (223m) of the downtown Carlton Centre.

Constitution Hill: Learn about injustices in South Africa’s turbulent past, the extraordinary transition to democracy and the process by which freedom was won and through the constitution, is now protected. Constitution Hill - Home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court since 2004 and one of Johannesburg’s most historic sites. The ramparts around the Old Fort at Constitution Hill offer a vantage point over Johannesburg.

Newtown and its inner city revival with a drive across the Nelson Mandela Bridge and a view of the early 1900 Johannesburg train station.

Historical area of Sophia town/Triomf and on to Mayfair, Brixton with the Brixton (Sentech) tower.

Downtown drive including historical buildings and the Supreme Court, old Stock Exchange and De Beers.

Liliesleaf Farm: "Safe house" for members of the anti Apartheid liberation struggle until being raided in 1963 by the apartheid security police, leading to the "Rivonia Trial" that resulted in Nelson Mandela and his fellow liberation struggle members being sentenced to life imprisonment.

Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo law office.

Nelson Mandela bridge.

Visit the Emmarentia Gardens.

Stroll through the Faraday herbal market.

Mary Fitzgerald square.

Mine workers museum.

SAB World of Beer tour.

Ekala's tours are specifically designed to offer choice and flexibility. Tours suiting your personal preferences and time.

Johannesburg-skyline

Johannesburg metropolitan area is one of the largest in the world, built on neither an ocean nor major river/dam

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Johannesburg Today:

Built on profits of gold - on the richest reef in the world, celebrated it's centenary in 1996 It is the most densely populated and urbanized city of South Africa and one of the 40 largest metropolitan's in the world. With over 8 million citizens, Johannesburg is a lively metropolis offering a wide spectrum of culture, including European, African and Asian. Almost half of the 8 million live in Soweto and Diepsloot. Johannesburg is the financial hub of South Africa, an Economic powerhouse producing 20% of South Africa's gross domestic product. This is over 40% of Gauteng's gross domestic product.

Banking, mining and investment institutions and most South African companies have their head office in Johannesburg, or at least would have a branch in the city or surrounding areas. The city boasts over three million households. Johannesburg is now completely multiracial; however Soweto's residents are over 99% black. Johannesburg's economical drive has moved away from gold; however the mining industry has etched its mark on the landscape.

Johannesburg Gold History Tour

Specialised Johannesburg Gold History Tour. Johannesburg’s growth from nothing into a tented town to become the gold capital of the world. Main gold reef find, Anglo Boer war, miners strikes including Rand revolt when war came to Johannesburg's streets and changed the course of South Africa’s history.

Three historical gold mines, Johannesburg’s earliest mine stope and Johannesburg’s landscape of gold mine shafts, headgear's and gold mine waste dumps. Extravagant taste of early Johannesburg’s wealthy and current environmental mining issues. This is a specialised tour not covered in a standard Johannesburg tour, although parts can be included, dependant on tour time chosen/available.

Johannesburg is rich in history and offers a wonderful array of world-class attractions

The Johannesburg area

Johannesburg is a city with surroundings that give rise to many traditional restaurants, markets and cultural villages. Our Tour packages cover these and many more.

Old Fort Prison and the new Constitutional Court Complex

One of the oldest buildings in Johannesburg

The Old Fort Prison was extended to include "native" cells, Section 4 and Section 5, and in 1910 a women's section was added. An awaiting-trial block was constructed in the 1920s. Both political activists opposed to apartheid and common criminals were held at the prison.

Nelson Mandela entered the prison on Constitution Hill as Lawyer, then Prisoner and later as President of South Africa.

Mahatma Gandhi was the first to apply the concept of non-violent Civil disobedience in South Africa.This saw him face the hard realities of racial discrimination in South Africa. A special exhibit/museum is included within number 4 prison around Mahatma Gandhi and his stay at Constitution Hill.

The Constitutional Court: South Africa's Highest Court

With one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, the court justices needed a fitting site for South Africa's constitutional court. The prison had fallen into a dilapidated state, but provided a site with rich cultural history. The court building itself was built using bricks from the demolished awaiting-trial wing of the former prison; "taking from the past to build the future".

Witness democracy at work in the Constitutional Court.

Johannesburg Museums:

Museum Africa - SAB World of Beer - AECI Dynamite Factory Museum - Adler Museum of Medicine - James Hall Transport Museum - South African National Museum of Military History - Origins Centre

Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi’s Johannesburg specialised heritage tour:

It was in Johannesburg that Mahatma Gandhi developed his passive resistance “Satyagraha” philosophy. Gandhi fought an ever tightening grip of racial laws (apartheid, although the word “apartheid” was not to be used for many years) that directly affected his life.

A specialised tour covering the life (in Johannesburg) of a religious man, a philosopher, an activist and world-renowned pacifist leader for free society, Mahatma Gandhi.

Visiting significant places during (and after) Gandhi’s stay in Johannesburg. Get an understanding of the people who played a part of his life in Johannesburg and the lasting impact Mahatma Gandhi left in South Africa, specifically during the early years of the Freedom Struggle in South Africa.

Ekala Tours use qualified and registered guides - not drivers only.

Different tour options are available - with different prices.

Perfect tour options to include with the Johannesburg Tour to create a full day tour:

Soweto Tour - Apartheid Museum - Lion Park

Ekala Tours - Personalised attention to your needs. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please Contact Ekala Tours - info@ekala.co.za - for - tour details - Personalised attention - Bookings - Johannesburg Guest House Accommodation.

Daily Johannesburg tours available - 7 days a week.

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