Sightseeing in Joburg during the festive season

10 Jun 2023
During the Christmas and New Year holidays Joburg's frenetic pace tends to slow as locals head to the coast or visit family in other parts of the country. The busy frenzy of the city quietens and while some museums and most major art galleries close their doors during this period, there's still plenty of sightseeing to be done during the festive holidays in Joburg. Here are some ideas for what to see and do in Joburg this Christmas holiday season. 


Microadventure Tours
Meet the ambassador of adventure, Kennedy Tembo. Sharing Joburg's treasures is his expertise. 
To book a tour, call Microadventure Tours on +27 83 772 4678 or email

5101 Sundowners with Dlala Nje at Ponte
Enjoy one of the most spellbinding views of the Joburg skyline at sunset while you sip and snack, shebeen-style, at 5101 – local walking tour company Dlala Nje's events venue on the top floor of Ponte, Africa’s tallest residential building. The Dlala Nje Sundowners tour includes a guided walk around Ponte and a talk providing insights on the remarkable story of one of Joburg’s most distinctive landmarks and its surrounding densely populated neighbourhoods, Hillbrow and Yeoville. 
To book contact +27 67 082 8168 or visit the ticket link here.
Dlala Nje sundowners and Ponte
Sundowners with Dlala Nje, photo by Twiza Kayisa

Led by Charlie Moyo, JoburgPlaces tours focus on the inner city and its surrounds, with entertaining tales of Joburg's gold-rush origins, its glory days, 1990s downfall, and recent spectacular rebirth. 
To book email or send a Whatsapp to +27 82 894 5216.

Johannesburg City Sightseeing Bus
See the city from the top of the open-top, hop-on hop-off City Sightseeing bus. There are two connected routes making stops in downtown Joburg and the leafy northern suburbs of Saxonwold, plus a whistle-stop Soweto mini-bus tour route. Kids get discounted tickets, plus their own child-friendly commentary and a special kid's activity book to keep them amused. Among the most fun stop for kids is the Gold Reef City amusement park . The buses run daily .
Book your tickets online at the City Sightseeing ticket office at The Zone@Rosebank.

Lebo's Soweto Backpackers
Photo by Lebo's Soweto Backpackers

Lebo's Soweto backpackers
If you are fascinated by Soweto and its rich history, then a great way to experience this iconic urban township is by taking a cycling, walking, or tuk tuk tour with local tourism pioneer, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers. Lebo's offers 2-hour, half-day or full-day options. Routes include visits to places of historical and cultural interest, such as Vilakazi Street, with Nelson Mandela's house and the Hector Pieterson museum, the men's migrant workers hostels, churches and local community meeting places where you can experience African customs and traditions, such as tasting home-brewed beer and singing and dancing to African traditional music. 
Book online at


The City Sightseeing bus at Constitution Hill. Photo by Justin Lee

Constitution Hill
As one of Joburg’s most important heritage sites, the Constitution Hill complex is a top pick for sightseeing in Joburg. This area is recognised as one of the country's most important heritage landmarks and if you have time this festive holiday, all areas of the Constitution Hill complex are worth a visit. Constitution Hill is split into four parts: the Old Fort, the Women's Gaol, the Number 4 prison block, and the Constitutional Court. At the centre of the complex is an open plaza where the eternal Flame of Democracy burns. This is also where you will find the entrance to the Constitutional Court, the Number 4 block, the fort ramparts, Women’s Gaol, the tours office and the City Sightseeing bus stop. 
Closed on Dec 25 to Jan 1. For bookings call  +27 11 381 3100, or email

Apartheid Museum
An extraordinary museum that brings to life the horrors of apartheid: from the petty cruelties inflicted on the everyday lives of black South Africans, to state repression and violence. The story of South Africa’s struggle for democracy is compellingly told with powerful displays, interactive elements, and the recorded testimony of everyday heroes as well as historical leaders. We recommend you give yourself a few hours to explore this wealth of history.
Closed Dec 25 and Jan 1. For bookings call +27 11 309 4700, or email

Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum in Joburg.

Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves
Located just about an hour's drive north-west of Sandton is Maropeng, the visitor's centre for the Cradle of Humankind, where many of the world's most famous hominid fossils have been found. Maropeng's extensive modern exhibition takes an interactive approach to the history of life as we know it, from the Big Bang, to the evolution of humankind and the spread of people across continents. The stories behind the numerous discoveries made here are also showcased alongside copies of the original fossils, including the world-famous Homo Naledi. Combine a visit with a 45-minute tour of the Sterkfontein Caves (located a short drive away), which commence hourly.
Open 365 days a year. For bookings call +27 14 577 9000 or visit Maropeng's website here for more details.

The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre
This museum and centre of memory and dialogue is the first institution of its kind that brings together the stories of genocide across two continents, creating parallels between the historical narratives of the genocide committed by Nazi Germany in World War II Europe and the more recent genocide that occurred on African soil in Rwanda in 1994 (the year of South Africa's transition from apartheid rule to democracy).
Closed Dec 25, 26 and Jan 1. For bookings call +27 11 640 3100 or visit the JHGC website here for more details.


If you are staying in Joburg over the holiday season and school break this year, and have found yourself stuck wondering how to keep both your teen and toddler happy, check out our guide to Festive Family Fun in Joburg. We rounded up several kid-friendly seasonal activities that will keep the whole brood entertained, from special Christmas lights displays and festive markets, to family favourite theatre shows and live performances. 



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