Archive for June, 2011

Johannesburg and SAB

Johannesburg & SAB World of Beer Tour

Getaway Guru’s most popular tour!

Johannesburg & 'SAB World of Beer' TourDuration: Full Day

The Experience: Living the past with a drive through the Johannesburg City, to the top of the Carlton Centre for a panoramic view of Johannesburg and its surrounding areas. We wind our way past the traditional medicine market on to the informal pavement stalls and “Muti” shop of Diagonal Street. We travel to the West of the city to the Apartheid Museum. This is certainly one of Johannesburg’s most important tourist attractions and has become a must do on everyone’s calendar. Replays of apartheid scenes set in a double volume ceiling, concrete and red brick walls and grey concrete floor triggers vivid images of a torn nation on the brink of collapse to an exciting ending of a peaceful 1994 election and democracy. After a lunch at one of the local restaurants, we continue onwards to visit the SAB centenary center were we discover the secrets of ancient beer brewing. Ukambo tradition reveals the secret of making sorghum beer within African culture, go back in time and experience a real 1965 shebeen.

Finally in the comfortable setting of the Tap room we invite you to relax and enjoy a glass or two of your favorite beer (included).

Instead of visiting the SAB World of Beer we recommend the option of Lilliesleaf Museum.

For this option we start our journey to the residential area of Rivonia. This will fill you with insight into this interactive museum experience. Liliesleaf honors South Africa’s remarkable heritage and the impressive trajectory of South Africa’s socio-political past.Once the headquarters of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC and the Congress Alliance, Liliesleaf holds a position of esteem among struggle landmarks in South Africa. You 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 such as Walter Sisulu, Nelson Mandela and Govan Mbeki, who helped to shape South Africa’s democracy.

Price: R850 Per Person

Included in the price: Excluded in the price:
  • Transport
  • Registered Guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

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Tour of Soweto

Soweto – South Western Township Tour

 

Soweto Township ToursDuration: 6 Hours

The Experience: The day will begin when we board our newest public transport system- the Rea Vaya which will take us to Soweto! Meet the locals and have a relaxing journey on the bus. This fascinating trip will take us on a journey of the city and past wonderful sights; Soccer city (our new Calabash World Cup Stadium), Orlando Stadium (home of the Orlando Pirates) and many more exquisite areas.

From Kliptown to Diepkloof in Soweto, Rich in history we will go back in time and learn of events and the turbulent past. We will take a short walk to one of the most famous sites in Soweto- Regina Mundi. This Catholic Church played an integral role in the history of Soweto and our country and will bring to life the role it famously played in the 1976 Soweto uprising. There are wonderful curios on sale around the church (bring some spending money!) Onwards to Hector Pieterson Museum and look back on the events which turned South Africa upside down. Afterwards a short ride in a local taxi to a Shebeen(restaurant) to which your mouth will water to the tastes and sounds of Soweto, you will be introduced to African shebobo, pap and eats. After lunch you will be taken to Nelson Mandela House and lastly onwards back to your resting point.

Price: R980 Per Person

Included in the price: Excluded in the price:
  • Transfers
  • Transport
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Anything of a personal nature.

Cullinan Diamond Tour

Cullinan Diamond – Mining Tours


Cullinan Diamond Mine TourDuration: Half-Day Tour

The Experience: Diamonds are indeed magical and majestic and are considered priceless by some. We are very fortunate to have the world famous Premier Diamond Mine which is situated 50 km from Pretoria and has been world famous since 1905 when the world’s biggest diamond was found the 3106 ct. Star of Africa on our doorstep. South Africa is considered the largest producer of raw diamonds in the world.

On our visit to Cullinan we will be escorted onto the Premier Diamond site where our local guide will explain what happened to the world’s most famous diamond and whilst walking literally onto the diamond field we will learn about many facets of diamonds. On ending the tour we will be able to view from a distance various techniques and processes of sorting and grading of these beautiful precious gems.

Underground tours can be arranged and are on every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Price: – R680 Per Person
Under Ground Tour Price – R950 *

* Bookings for underground tours must be at least 2 weeks in advance.
Only available every 2nd & 4th Friday of the Month.

Included in the price: Excluded in the price:
  • Transport
  • Registered Guide
  • Light Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities