Joburg whole day tour:
Enjoy a whole day tour in the heart and soul of Johannesburg on a walking tour.
A city without a beach but that will surely attract you, with electrifying ethnic groups from all over Africa and the world that genuinely coexist in shared spaces. Every street is filled with historical knowledge that is embedded in the present day Joburg. In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city, a strong history is hidden in plain sight while a new era progresses over the old one.
Starting point: Workers Museum
Workers Museum in Newtown tells the tale of the immense cost to the migrant workers that were once stationed here.
This museum is especially wonderful because it manages to portray the terrible living conditions, challenges, and those that rose above them, without sensationalising the experience. This museum was the tasteful vision of a local architect, Henry Paine, who has managed to showcase the original migrant labour hostel compound in an authentic way. The museum includes the original dormitories with their cold concrete bunk beds as a painful reminder of the conditions under which these labourers were forced to live. There is also an exhibition that reveals the punishment room, where the workers would be treated severely under the harsh labour system.
This museum gives you the heart and soul of african congregated groups, that intermingled in the compounds on so many levels of understanding. Since their diaspora was rooted from so many different cultures, everything from good to bad happened in compounds. Joburg was dominated by male figures because most of the work required manly skills - hard labor is the familiar term.
After a tour in workers museum you will feel like a Joburger. After sinking in all that information filled with joy and pain, you will feel a need to continue your journey of touring Joburg until you get to a happy ending.
The Old Fort prison was later extended to include "native" cells, called Section 4 and Section 5. In 1907, a women's section was added, the Women Gaol. An awaiting-trial block was constructed in the 1920s.
During the apartheid era the prison complex became a detention centre for political dissidents opposed to apartheid, striking white mineworkers (in 1907, 1913 and 1922), those deemed "anti-establishment" and those who simply violated the pass laws of the time.
Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned here in 1906. Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Bram Fischer, Albert Luthuli and Robert Sobukwe are some of its famous prisoners.
For this reason, it was also called ''The Robben Island of Johannesburg'', due to how infamous it became as a result of holding these political prisoners.
The site housed prisoners until 1983, when it was closed.
The Apartheid Museum opened in 2001 and is acknowledged as the pre-eminent museum in the world dealing with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
In 1995 the South African government set up a process for the granting of casino licenses, establishing an agency to do this called the Gambling Board. The bid documents stipulated that bidders should demonstrate how they would attract tourism and thereby grow the economy and stimulate job creation.
A consortium, called Akani Egoli (Gold Reef City), put in a bid that included the commitment to building a museum.
Their bid was successful, the Gold Reef City Casino was built and an adjacent piece of land given for the construction of a museum.
The cost of the construction of what became the Apartheid Museum: approximately 80 million Rand was paid for by Gold Reef City.
The museum is registered as a Section 21 company (incorporated not for gain) with an independent board of trustees, the chairman of which is Dr John Kani. The company is separate from Gold Reef City, which has leased the museum to the Section 21 company for the duration of the casino licence. The museum therefore relies on donations, contributions and sponsorships to sustain its growth.
The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.
An architectural consortium, comprising several leading architectural firms, conceptualised the design of the building on a seven-hectare stand. The museum is a superb example of design, space and landscape, offering the international community a unique South African experience.
This is the tallest building in Africa, which will help you get a good view of the whole of Johannesburg, from east, south, west and north. You will get the best pictures - a bird's eye view.