Egoli, City of Gold. They came from far and wide to strike it rich in Johannesburg when gold was discovered in 1886. Our multicultural ‘City of Gold’ still pulsates with entrepreneurial energy, power and the jingle of money, so it’s little wonder the pace is fast and furious. Let Discovering Africa guide you through this intoxicating maze. 

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Cullinan Diamond Mine

The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the site of the World’s oldest and South Africa’s third richest diamond mine. Premier mine opened in 1902 and together with it founded the pretty Victorian village of Cullinan. The Cullinan Mine produced the world’s largest gem quality diamond – a massive 3106-carats uncut! This diamond was chiseled into 98 individual diamonds including the Great and Lesser Stars of Africa, the 2nd and 3rd largest polished diamonds in the World which are now set in the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The tour starts with a 15 minute video before we are led into the high security premises of the mine where we are shown the workings and machinery of
the mine.
We then visit the enormous open cast mine, excavated from Kimberlite rock which is now four times larger than the famous ‘Big Hole’ in Kimberley.
Our tour concludes at Cullinan Diamonds where we view diamond cutting and polishing before we are invited to browse the loose diamonds and exquisite jewellery and perhaps make that special purchase!
HALF DAY
Departs
Tue, Thu & Sat between 08h00 and 08h30
935.00ZAR PP
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Liliesleaf - A Place of Liberation

Situated in residential Rivonia, the insightful and interactive museum experience at Liliesleaf honours South Africa’s remarkable heritage and the impressive trajectory of South Africa’s socio-political past.
Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the military wing of the ANC and the Congress Alliance, Liliesleaf holds a position of esteem among struggle landmarks in South Africa.
Visitors to Liliesleaf will experience a first-hand account of the events and circumstances leading up to the infamous raid of the Rivonia farm, as well as insights into some of the revolutionary personalities who helped to shape South Africa’s democracy.
Liliesleaf is one of Joburg’s best museums, not only because the new structures have been integrated so eloquently into the existing historical site, but because it challenges visitors to consider their responses to thorny moral and political dilemmas that were inseparable from life under apartheid and frighteningly pertinent today.
HALF DAY
Departs
Tue, Thu & Sat between 13h30 and 14h00
625.00ZAR PP
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Johannesburg City Tour

South Africa’s largest city remains its financial and commercial heart. It’s in this fast-paced metropolis that the country’s radical political and social transformation is most evident – this is the ‘Rainbow Nation’ at work. It’s a heady experience, with contrasts of every kind round every single corner.
Our tour sets off for Constitution Hill, home of South Africa’s architectural marvel, the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s Old Fort Prison (closed Sundays).
We explore the inner city of Johannesburg and the influence the discovery of gold brought to this city and indeed South Africa.
We visit and explore the Maboneng Precinct, a wonderful example of urban regeneration of the eastside of the Johannesburg CBD which is now home to several independent retail, restaurant, art and entertainment venues – fresh and unique lifestyle offerings of this new exciting development.
We return to your hotel via the flipside of the coin, the lush, up market suburb of lower Houghton. A city of contrasts, that’s for certain.
HALF DAY
Departs
Daily between 08h15 and 08h45
525.00ZAR PP
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Soweto Tour

You know the name. It’s a legend. SOWETO, acronym for South Western Township, is home to over 2 million people, who, despite living in crowded and chaotic conditions, have a tangible sense of community, one which ironically, the ordered, walled, elitist northern suburbs lack. Inside Soweto, we visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover the cause of the tragic riots which led to his death; we pass Mandela House, and give you time to visit this fascinating little museum (own account). Our journey continues to Regina Mundi Church, site of many secret underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Finally we take you past the largest stadium in Africa, Soccer City, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final - this magnificent stadium is now nicknamed ‘The Calabash’ for its resemblance to the African Pot. Soweto is unlike a suburb you’ve ever seen or been to, yet the history of struggle encapsulated here is a cornerstone of the South African story.
HALF DAY
Departs
Daily between 12h45 and 13h15
625.00ZAR PP
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Sun City & The Pilanesberg National Park

Wild and wonderful, that’s for sure. The day begins early with a professionally guided, closed vehicle game drive into Big Five country: the Pilanesberg National Park. Who knows which of the Big or Little Five you’ll see? Close neighbour to this superb natural reserve, is Sun City, one of South Africa’s most popular theme resorts, and you’ll have full access to the casino for a little flutter or two. For the really curious, you’ll want to visit the Valley of Waves, Swimming Pools, and even enjoy a guided tour of the Lost City (own account). It’s a fabulously relaxing day…and might prove very profitable for some!
FULL DAY
Departs
Daily between 06h30 and 07h00
2085.00ZAR PP
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Journey To Freedom

Many South Africans gave much, some gave all, to achieve a truly democratic South Africa. Come with us on this full day tour which shares some of the journey, pain and struggle of those heroes; witness the places, experience the diverse museums where these momentous, tumultuous years have been so well documented.
Our day begins at the Hector Pieterson Museum, where we start to unravel the cause of the devastating riots, before travelling past Mandela House, where you have the option of visiting this small museum (own account). Our next significant stop is the fascinating Regina Mundi Church, site of so many of the underground meetings of the then banned political parties. Standing in here, you can feel the tension, picture the intensity, the strain on the faces of those un-thinkably brave souls, committed at any cost to changing the way of life of a nation.
We’ve chosen to lunch in Soweto at a local restaurant (own account), before visiting the legendary Apartheid Museum. This is an interactive voyage of discovery, one which takes you from the dark days of ‘whites only’ privilege, through to Nelson Mandela’s historic release. The Apartheid Museum is a multimedia experience, with documentary film snippets, texts, sound clips and live accounts, recapturing life in the dark days of South Africa.
It’s a fascinating tour, filled with tales of bravery and sadness, but ultimately, it’s a story with the right ending.
FULL DAY
Departs
Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun between 08h30 and 09h10
1080.00ZAR PP
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History Of Humankind & Lesedi Cultural Tour

We’re going right back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Then, on with those comfortable shoes…we begin our tour above ground at the nearby Sterkfontein Caves where the famous Mrs Ples and Little Foot skull and skeleton were discovered…then go deep and deeper into the caves, so you feel the history and strong sense of identity. It’s a fascinating Centre with superb exhibits.

We’re going right back to our beginnings, to the exceptional World Heritage Site of The Cradle of Humankind. The superb Maropeng Visitor Centre is truly an exciting, world class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Then, on with those comfortable shoes…we begin our tour above ground at the nearby Sterkfontein Caves where the famous Mrs Ples and Little Foot skull and skeleton were discovered…then go deep and deeper into the caves, so you feel the history and strong sense of identity. It’s a fascinating Centre with superb exhibits.

From past to present, we’ll be exploring Five cultures at the Lesedi Cultural Village, heart and home to families of a range of African tribes, all living harmoniously in traditional homesteads.

You’ll be right there, experiencing the warmth and hospitality of people from the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sotho and Pedi cultures, and you’ll find it fascinating.

Our multilingual, multi-visual orientation depicts the history of South Africa and will deepen your understanding of the complexity of our multicultural community.

We will enjoy a traditional African meal, a fine way to round off a day of new experiences and fresh insights.
FULL DAY
Departs
Mon, Wed & Fri between 08h30 and 09h10
1960.00ZAR PP
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