City Sightseeing open-top bus tours in Johannesburg are a great way to see the City of Gold. You can hop on and hop off at any one of 12 interesting stops and then continue your tour when and where you feel like it.

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Children get their own special commentary plus a complementary on-board activity pack.

Perhaps you are already familiar with the cheerful City Sightseeing open-top red buses that take visitors around nearly 100 cities all over the world on six continents?

These open-top bus tours are now in Johannesburg, running all day, every day, with on-board commentary, 12 fascinating stops and easy access to all the attractions.

Although all the stops are very worthwhile, there are some that are absolute musts for visitors.

From the Top of Africa you’ll get stunning panoramic views of Johannesburg and beyond. The spacious wraparound viewing deck is on the top floor of the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre, Africa's highest building.

If vintage cars and land transport vehicles of all types are your thing, then you’ll be fascinated by the James Hall Museum of Transport, showcasing historic vehicles from ox-wagons, horse-drawn carriages, trams, trolleys and steam trains to Johannesburg’s very first car – a sexy green 1900 Clement-Panhard.

You’ll be poignantly reminded of South Africa's oppressive and turbulent past at the Apartheid Museum, where you’ll be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride through the oppressive state-sanctioned system, and the bitter struggle to overthrow it.

If you want to delve into the beginnings of the human race, then the Origins Centre, at the University of the Witwatersrand, is the place to spend time. It’s also child-friendly and explains our origins in a user-friendly and comprehensive way. Check out the bookshop and great little café.

And there’s still eight more stops to explore!

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

City Sightseeing Johannesburg
Tel: 0861 733 287

How to get here

The Gautrain connects OR Tambo International Airport to Park Station, one of the stops on the bus tour. You can get on the bus at any of its 12 stops.

Tours to do

Gold Reef City’s Underground Mine Shaft Tour; the Downtown Walk in the city’s mining district (see details on your bus brochure).

What will it cost

Adults R150, children (between five and 15) R70, kids under five free. Valid on day of purchase only. You can buy your ticket at the City Sightseeing Tour Office at Gold Reef City or online.

Length of stay

Plan for at least half a day.

What to pack

Sunscreen, hat, water and comfortable walking shoes.

What to eat

You’ll find all sorts of dining options at the different stops.

Best buys

Many of the attractions en route have their own gift shops where you can buy souvenirs and curios.

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