Classic Experiences To Have in Johannesburg

The Mighty Victoria Falls is the world's largest waterfalls
The Mighty Victoria Falls is the world's largest waterfalls | © Peter Unger / Getty Images
Johannesburg is a destination full of history and surrounded by incredible natural beauty. The famous Soweto Township is the former home of Nelson Mandela, while a stone’s throw from this city sits the world’s largest waterfall and one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Culture Trip curates six ways to tick off these classic experiences.

There are many natural wonders to discover in Johannesburg – including one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls. At 1,700 metres (5,577 feet) wide, this waterfall in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is the world’s largest. You can enjoy it over a three-day tour from Johannesburg, which includes a Zambezi river cruise and accommodation.

Elsewhere, roughly 90 minutes from the city centre, the UNESCO-listed Cradle of Humankind – the world’s richest hominin site – is a must-visit for anyone interested in anthropology, while no trip to Johannesburg would be complete without a visit to a game reserve. You can get up close and personal with the ‘big five’ – the lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo – on a two-day tour from Johannesburg which includes two game drives and overnight accommodation.

ToursSoweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
From $75 per person
8 to 9 hours
4.8 (10)
This tour is unique because you will get to see the beautiful city called the city of gold and have full experience of historical and city sightseeing of Soweto and Johannesburg. See some of the most important locations in South Africa
along with an informative friendly guide to take you on this experience you will never forget in an hurry.
ToursInnercity Walking Tour
From $25 per person
4 hours
5 (2)
The Inner City Urban Hiking Tour combines walking and the use of safe public transport to provide a structured tour of the City’s best kept secrets. The tour passes some of the City’s most magnificent heritage sites, offering a complete cultural mix and in doing so, exposes parts of the city that most people are reluctant to visit.
Tours3-Day Victoria Falls Tour with Round-Trip Flight from Johannesburg
From $1,450 per person
3 days
4.6 (10)
Visit Africa’s breathtaking Victoria Falls on this 3-day trip from Johannesburg with flights and two nights of 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation included. After flying from OR Tambo International Airport, spend time at leisure in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls village before touring the world’s largest waterfall with your expert local guide. Gaze up at its grandeur during a rainforest trail walk and then peer into the abyss of crashing water from the top. Located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Victoria Falls area is rich in wildlife so watch out for birdlife, hippos, elephants and more during an unforgettable Zambezi River sunset cruise.

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Tours2 Days Guided Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg
From $367 per person
2 days
5 (1)
BEAT ABOUT THE BUSH with this incredible 2 days /1 night Kruger national Park safari adventure.

Enjoy an air conditioned chalet or cottage lodging with ensuite bathroom. Get a chance to spot Africa's Big 5 comfortably on an OPEN SAFARI VEHICLE and the day off with a delicious South African Braai / Barbecue under the African starlit sky.

You will leave Johannesburg at 6:30 am for a 4 to 5  hours drive to Kruger. You will be dropped off at Johannesburg hotel or Airport around 4 pm the following day.
ToursSoweto Township with Cradle of Human Kind Day Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
From $199 per person
8 hours
5 (1)
Soweto Township Tour and Cradle of Human Kind is the Perfect time to experience the epicenter of Apartheid History in South Africa and also get to visit the Cradle of Human Kind for a taste of fossils history and origin of Human Kind. If you don't have a lot of time in Johannesburg these will be the perfect tour for you.
ToursPilanesberg National Park One Day Safari from Johannesburg
From $166 per person
10 hours
4.6 (10)
Spend part of your day game viewing in Pilanesberg National Park on an Open Game Viewing vehicle. You have the option of staying for lunch at one of the restaurants in Pilanesberg before returning to Johannesburg. Witness wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, kudus, warthog, zebra and many other species. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the park and the best spots to possibly find the different animals.