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Outlook Lodge Day Tours in Gauteng

GAUTENG

Gauteng is a Sotho name which means "The Place of Gold" because of the discovery of gold which attracted people from all over the world as the biggest discovery of that time. Gauteng is the smallest province in the country but the biggest domestic producer in the country. It is also the most visited province of South Africa and the gateway to the rest of Africa. The gold discovery attracted migrant workers from near and far. Townships like Soweto developed by necessity to accommodate these workers and later became the flashpoints of resistance against apartheid.

Johannesburg City Tour

Discover the heartbeat of South Africa!

Johannesburg City
Places of interest
  • Johannesburg suburbs
  • Top of Africa – the Carlton Center is tallest building in town (50 floors) from where you have a great view of the city.
  • Old Fort or Constitutional court, once a prison, a horse stable and now the highest court in the country.
  • Art Gallery - where you can see South African art work.
  • Gandhi square - named after him for his contribution to the passive resistance.
  • Provincial Legislature - where important issues are discussed.
  • Traditional healers selling different kinds of African herbs & medicines.
  • Mandela Bridge which connects Braamfontein and Newtown.
  • Diamond building
  • Reserve bank
  • SAB World of Beer
  • Newtown where you can be entertained at the market theatre and listen to jazz music at Kippies and enjoy African meal.
  • Museum Africa where you can explore South Africa’s geological and anthropological history.
  • Outlook Lodge - Day Tours Johannesburg

SOWETO

Soweto is an acronym which means South Western Township, it started in 1904 during the time of the bubonic plaque diseases which were caused by the rats in the mines. This is the place where you can see the good, bad and ugly and is also a symbol of the black people's struggle for freedom in South Africa.

Places of interest
  • Diepkloof Extension - the first suburb to be built in Soweto.
  • Chris Hanni Baragwaneth Hospital - the biggest in Africa and the third biggest in the Southern hemisphere.
  • Lesedi Private Hospital - started by a political activist and a business man.
  • Motsoaledi informal settlement
  • Twin towers – an erstwhile power station, now the site of adventure activities including bungee jumping
  • Vista University
  • Kliptown - Freedom square where the freedom charter of 1955 was signed.
  • Regina Mundi - Catholic Church which played an important role during the uprising of 1976.
  • Oppenheimer Tower and Credo Mutwa village.
  • Elephant houses and Match box houses.
  • Winnie Madikizela Mandela’s house
  • Vilakazi street - the famous street in Soweto where two noble peace prize winners used to live in the same street (Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu).
  • Hector Peterson Memorial and a museum named after a 13 years old boy who was killed by the police in 16-June-1976 (Soweto Riot).
  • Soweto restaurants where you can sample traditional African food


JOHANNESBURG & SOWETO COMBINED:

A combination of the two tours to give visitors an excellent overview of the area.



TSHWANE/PRETORIA

Jacaranda City as it is sometimes called, founded in 1855 named after Andreas Pretorius. Tshwane metropolis to the north of Johannesburg is easily as sophisticated as her brash neighbors, but seems gentler and more measured. Pretoria is the administrative capital of the country.

Pretoria Pretoria

Places of interest

  • Union Buildings - where in 1994 the first democratically elected president of the country, was inaugurated.
  • Voortrekker Monument - built to remember the boers (farmers) who died in the battle of the Blood River.
  • Paul Kruger House – where he lived.
  • Church Square - a place which used to be a market place after boers have harvested their crops go and sell their crops, you also see the statue of Paul Kruger.
  • Transvaal museum
  • City hall
  • Melrose House
  • Unisa/University of South Africa - the biggest institution that offers distance learning
  • Cullinan mine (Premier mine) where diamond used in the crown designed for the English Royal Family came from.


SOWETO AND APARTHEID MUSEUM

Apartheid Museum Apartheid Museum
Embark on a discovery of the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans. This tour takes you through the streets of Soweto as well a tour of the Apartheid museum which includes historical film footage, photographs, audio clips, newspaper articles, the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 and the Soweto uprising of 1976.


Places of interest
  • Chris Hanni Baragwaneth Hospital
  • Walter Sisulu square
  • Regina Mundi Catholic Church
  • Vilakazi Street (Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu's houses)
  • Hector Peterson Memorial


SOWETO/JOHANNESBURG AND APARTHEID MUSEUM

Explore the business and financial capital of South Africa, developed after the discovery of gold in 1886. Continue to Soweto, the famous black township because of the uprising of 1976 and finish your tour at the Apartheid Museum where the history of apartheid is kept.

Places of interest
  • Top of Africa (Carlton Centre)
  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Dr. Naidoo muti shop
  • Supreme Court
  • Baragwaneth Hospital
  • Informal settlements
  • Walter Sisulu Square
  • Winnie Mandela's house
  • Vilakazi Street (Mandela and Tutu's houses)
  • Hector Peterson memorial
  • Apartheid museum
Apartheid Museum

 

SOWETO/JOHANNESBURG AND PRETORIA

Enjoy a trip to the capital city of South Africa and visit the historical sites such as the Union Buildings. Then continue to Johannesburg, the financial capital of South Africa. Proceed on to Soweto.

Places of interest
  • Paul Kruger House
  • Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park
  • Church Square
  • Union buildings
  • Top of Africa
  • Provincial Legislature
  • Diagonal Street
  • Diepkloof
  • Maponya Mall
  • Vilakazi Street
  • Hector Peterson Memorial


SOWETO/JOHANNESBURG AND GOLD REEF CITY

A recreation of Johannesburg centered on the No.14 shaft of the Old Crown Mine. Drive through the Johannesburg CBD founded after the discovery of Gold. Most who venture into Soweto come back enlightened and fascinated by this glimpse into South Africa's history.

Gold Reef City


Places of interest Gold Reef City
  • Gold Reef City mine tour (on request)
  • Theme Park
  • Gumboot Dancing Performances
  • Diamond building
  • Reserve bank
  • Mandela bridge
  • Hector Peterson Memorial
  • Vilakazi street
  • Elephant houses
  • Regina Mundi
  • Freedom Square
  • Baragwaneth Hospital
  • Informal Settlement


SOWETO/JOHANNESBURG AND CONSTITUTIONAL HILL

Soweto's origins date back to 1904 after an outbreak of the bubonic plague, the name Soweto, an acronym for South Western Township. Proceed to Johannesburg, a vibrant cosmopolitan city; its attractions are many and varied. Visit Constitutional Hill, the site of Johannesburg's notorious Old Fort prison complex where thousands of people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Places of interest
  • Constitutional Court
  • Old Fort
  • Hillbrow
  • Mandela Bridge
  • Diamond building
  • Mining houses
  • Standard bank
  • Top of Africa
  • Gandhi square
  • Baragwaneth hospital
  • Walter Sisulu Square
  • Regina Mundi
  • Elephant houses
  • Winnie Mandela's house
  • Vilakazi Street
  • Hector Peterson Memorial


LESEDI CULTURAL VILLAGE
Outlook Lodge - Day Tours - Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi is a Sotho name which means "I see the Light" where you can experience our cultures and visit different villages in one location.

A Zulu tribe - through their songs and dances, their proud history is relived. The Ndebele people - are the artist people of South Africa, experience colorful paintings and beauty in their mud homes.

BaSotho people - from the mountain kingdom of Lesotho with their round conical hats. Xhosa nation - where our former president Nelson Mandela came from, with their painted faces, smoking pipes, hats and blankets.

The Pedi people - from "Sikhukhune Land" from the "Great North" with their horn whistle, great drums and architecture. They now wear kilts as a remembrance of their loss during the wars.



 

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