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					                         Half and Full Day Tours in and around Johannesburg

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Alexandra Township Tour

Experience a cultural melting pot that tells of the great migration from rural poverty to the industrial city. A
diverse urban environment, where black urban history has retained its soul.

Apartheid Museum

After a few hours at the Apartheid Museum you will feel that you were in the townships in the 70s and 80s,
dodging police bullets or teargas canisters, or marching and toy-toying with thousands of school children,
or carrying the body of a comrade into a nearby house. This extraordinarily powerful museum has already
become the city's leading tourist attraction, an obligatory stop for visitors and residents alike. The
Museum, with its large blown-up photographs, metal cages and numerous monitors recording continuous
replays of apartheid scenes
set in a double volume ceiling, concrete and red brick walls and grey concrete floor, is next to the Gold
Reef City Casino, five kilometres south of the city centre.

The Museum's director, Christopher Till, says: "It is appropriate that the first Apartheid Museum in South
Africa should open in Johannesburg, where at the turn of the century there was a convergence of people
for a range of different reasons. "Black people were displaced from the land through colonial wars and the
imposition of poll taxes, and white farmers were displaced through the Anglo Boer War," says Till. The
Museum came about as part of a casino bid seven years ago. Bidders were obliged to indicate what social
responsibility commitment they were prepared to get involved in, and the casino indicated that they would
build a museum. "R80-million was committed to the building of the Museum by the casino consortium. The
consortium is committed to the running costs of the Museum for a further two years, by which time they
would have spent around R100-million on the project," says Till.

The Museum occupies approximately 6 000 square metres on a seven-hectare site which consists of
natural recreated veld and indigenous bush habitat containing a lake and paths, alongside its stark but
stunning building. "The synergy between the natural element and the building finish of plaster, concrete,
red brick, rusted and galvanised steel, creates a harmonious relationship between the structure and the
environment," says chairman of the Museum board, John Kani.           A multi-disciplinary team of curators,
filmmakers, historians, museologists and designers was assembled to develop the exhibition narrative
which sets out by means of large blown-up photographs, artifacts, newspaper clippings, and some
extraordinary film footage, to graphically animate the apartheid story.
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Blaawbank Mine

Underground Mine Adventure!
   • This real-life adventure allows you to learn about mining history in the authentic method.
   • View some of the original equipment used such as Coco-pans, picks, shovels, pit props, rope
      winches and more
   • The min is a “Walk in” mine – enter into and
      historic “Time-tunnel”
   • Mine Tour Souvenirs and Certificates are available

Gold Panning
Participate in crushing of ore and Gold Panning as it was done with Pestil & Mortar 125 years ago
Get to keep the Gold in your pan.

The Gold Rush Tavern
Mining & Dining at it’s Best!Threat yourself to mouth watering meals that compliment the Mining Era, while
appreciating the most amazing panoramic view.

Craft Markets -     The Art of shopping

JOHANNESBURG'S flea markets are the perfect place to pick up something uniquely South African. The
craft markets feature African masks and wooden carvings, beaded dolls, wire baskets and toys and a
variety of other indigenous objects. You'll also find clothing, ceramics, collectibles, second-hand books and
jewellery, and plenty of cheap mass-produced goods. Whatever you're looking for, flea markets are always
full of bargains and surprises, and offer the chance to enjoy the sights and sunshine while browsing around
the stalls.

African Flea Market
Between Cradock and Bath Ave, Rosebank Mall, Rosebank
Tel: 011-880.2906
Open: Every day from 09h00 till 17h00
See and buy beautiful craftwork from all over Africa including pieces from Zimbabwe, Namibia and the
Congo.

Rooftop Market
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank
Tel: 011-442.4488
Open: Sundays and public holidays 09h30 – 17h00
The Rooftop Market is regarded by many as South Africa's best flea market, and is well patronised by
locals as well as tourists. More than 500 stalls offer quality clothing, beautiful ceramics, art and craft
objects, antiques and collectibles.

Bruma Lake Flea Market
Corner Ernest Oppenheimer and Marcia Avenue, Bruma
Tel: 011-622.9648
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 09h30 to 17h00Extensive market, based near the Eastgate Shopping Mall,
offering everything from clothes to crafts. Live entertainment can be enjoyed as you shop. There is also a
Kids' World where youngsters are kept entertained whilst you roam around.

Michael Mount Organic Village Market
Cnr Bryanston and Culross Rd, Bryanston
Tel: 011-706.3671

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Open: Thursday from 09h00 to 13h00and Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00
All products are handmade or produced organically, making a trip to this market in Johannesburg's north a
unique experience. Enjoy cakes, pastries, cheeses and crafts.

Crocodile Creek Crafts Village
Cnr DF Malan Dr and Nooitgedacht Rd, Muldersdrift
Tel: 011-957.3180
Glassware is the main attraction here. Watch how it is blown from an observatory gallery. There is also an
African village to entertain children. Based in the far north-west of the city.

East Rand Flea Market
North Rand Road, Boksburg
Tel: 011-823.2601
Open: Tuesday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00. Closed on Mondays except public holidays. This market
offers a wide variety, and you can even buy fish. Based outside Johannesburg, but close to the south-
eastern suburbs.

Hillfox Market
Hillfox Power Centre, Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Weltevreden Park
Tel: 011-442.4488
Open: Weekends and public holidays from 09h00 to 17h00.
Home to 250 traders, the Hillfox Market has a reputation for great bargains, with top brands selling for up
to 50% less than normal retail prices.

Market Theatre Flea Market
Newtown Cultural Precinct, Bree Street
Tel: 011-832.1641
Open: Saturdays 09h00 – 16h00
The "original flea market" at the Newtown Cultural Precinct in the inner city, this lively Saturday market
features a little bit of everything.

The Market Place
Cross Street entrance, Brightwater Commons, Republic Rd, Randburg
Tel: 011-886.0208
Open: Weekdays from 09h30 to 17h30. Weekends from 09h30am to 18h00
An array of goods from delicious food to hi tech appliances can be found at this permanent flea market.
Credit card facilities are also available.

Cullinan Diamond Mine

Tour to the diamond mine where, on 25th January 1902, Thomas Cullinan discovered the immense diamond
pipe in the area now known as Cullinan. The Premier Mine was established to work this pipe and ever since
it has proved to be an inexhaustible source of diamonds. Enjoy a surface tour of the mine where in 1905
the largest diamond ever found in the world, the famed Cullinan diamond, was discovered here. The stone
had a mass of 3106 carats which was fragmented into the 530 carat Star of Africa, the 317 carat Lesser
Star of Africa, seven other gems and 96 lesser gems, all of which form part of the British Crown Jewels.

Take advantage and buy discounted diamonds on site.

Elephant Sanctuary

At the Elephant Sanctuary you will be hosted, in small groups, by an experienced guide who will take you
through an educationally-oriented elephant experience. Our guide will impart a wealth of knowledge to you
about elephants in generally, as well as afford you the privilege of getting to know our five elephants
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personally. The programme, conducted on foot, is a full one, and guests are advised to wear comfortable
clothing and flat, closed walking shoes … and definitely bring a camera. You will move around quite a bit,
but not great distances, and during this time, will experience the elephants walking very close to you
within a forest area; you will observe the elephants at play from a tree house deck, you will be able to
touch and feed and interact with them.

The Elephant Sanctuary, situated 4 km from Hartbeespoort Dam, within 45 minutes of Johannesburg, is
the only place to experience elephants as never before. Your encounter with these magnificent animals will
deepen your understanding and change you forever.

Various other daily tours are available that also include elephant rides and refreshments. Keep in mind that
elephant rides is an add-on to any day or night programme. Booking in advance is essential. The Elephant
Experience is one you will cherish and remember forever.

Glen Afric

Glen Afric is a private game reserve where all “tame” animals roam freely that are used in South African
TV commercials, here you get the chance to pet an elephant, rhino, giraffe or lion, to name a few. Daily
game drives in open safari vehicles, with their professional rangers, allows for excellent game viewing and
birding. Experience the one to one with our tame animals.

Walk with our orphaned, hand raised, young elephants, up close and personal. Walking safaris are always
exciting, original and unpredictable. Glen Africa has 32 species of African wildlife, including lion, cheetah,
hippo, elephant, buffalo plus numerous bird species and a vulture restaurant that feeds over 120 birds.

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City is a theme park which is built around an old gold mine. It shows Johannesburg as it was at
the turn of the century.

Included in the tour is a journey down the mine shaft, a gold-pouring demonstration as well as tribal
dancing, showing various dances from the whole of the Southern African region.

Gold Reef City boasts 12 catering establishments, 4 stages, a 900 seat entertainment venue and 33 rides
for all ages. You can expect entertainment acts from tribal dances, Can-Can girls to a complete 1000
seater circus and even more. You will be sure to find the perfect solution for any company of travelers
function.

Gold and the History of Johannesburg are intertwined. The discovery of gold in the late 1890's led to a gold
rush by prospectors from all over the world. Today Gold Reef City reflects the history of the discovery of
gold and style of life to those who worked in mines. In the centre of the city is a shaft which was used until
1971, this mine is now used to escort visitors into underground tours which show mining techniques of the
early 1900's.

You need at least a full day to absorb the truly fascinating history and comprehensive variety of goods and
souvenirs on sale at the shops.

Heia Safari

Your day of leisure at Heia Safari Ranch starts or ends with a guided game drive in the 650 ha Game
Reserve, find peace and tranquility by watching 22 varieties of game e.g. hippo, rhino, buffalo, wildebeest.



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At lunch time enjoy our traditional Sunday barbeque/braai, served around the pool area visited by Zebra,
drinking water from the pool or spot our Giraffe which are wander around the hotel grounds. After lunch
you see and hear our famous Mzumba Tribal Dances accompaniment of throbbing drums and chanting
women- have a journey into mystical Africa.

MZUMBA "THE DANCE OF HAPPINESS" a journey to the heart of Africa ...in Dance and Song...

See and hear the famed Mzumba African Dancers perform the age-old tribal legends of mystical Africa, to
the accompaniment of throbbing drums and chanting women. Experience the soul stirring sacrifice of a
tribal princess in a rain-making ceremony and witness the sacred "Domba" (Python Dance), the Maiden
Initiation of the Venda tribe. Relieve the infamous Zulu War Dance and also hear the unique "Click Song"
presented in the traditional tribal dress of Africa's past.

PROGRAMME - FIRST HALF

MZUMBA             The Story of a "Rain Ceremony" Sacrifice

PROLOGUE

This is the story of Zunguza, the son of Chief Mabinyane and his senior wife, sister of Paramount Chief
Tshikatsa, who lived long ago in what is now Northern Mozambique.

Zunguza's mother was killed by a lion when he was only three years old. In spite of this he loved the
jungle and yearned to be a hunter. But his father would not let him go until he was of age.

At last the day had come. The tribe gathered to bid farewell to Zunguza and his attendant. Happiness was
in the Chief's eyes for he knew now that his son was about to become a man.

It was on the seventh day when they were far in the forest that a witch doctor from a nearby village saw
their tracks while he was gathering herbs and roots. He cursed them for trespassing on his people's land.
Thus it was that Zunguza stepped on a thorn and was unable to walk any further. They camped there for
the night.

THE STORY

They were awakened by the sound of song and faint stamping and quickly they set out to find the source.
Soon they were at a village where young maidens were stamping mealies. Zunguza, attracted by the great
beauty of one amongst them, embraced her, not knowing that she was the daughter of the chief. Alarmed
by the intrusion, the maidens screamed. The headman hearing the commotion immediately intervened.
Meanwhile the villagers had summoned Chief Tshikatsa. Zunguza was held by the guards and questioned.
With great surprise the Chief learned that Zunguza was his nephew.

The Chief then ordered a feast in honour of the unexpected guest. When the Chief saw that Zunguza had
eyes only for his daughter, he interrupted the feast to offer her to Zunguza in marriage. They married by
tribal law amidst great rejoicing.

Meanwhile the witch doctor had entered the Chief's kraal and, because the serious drought upon them was
getting worse, asked permission to make rain. The Chief halted the celebration, and there was silence
among the people for they knew that a sacrifice must be offered before the gods send rain.

It was a bitter moment when the bones revealed that the princess had been chosen. The Chief, angered,
ordered the bones to be thrown again. But the outcome was the same. The grief-stricken Chief knew that
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the gods could not be denied. The ceremony was carried out, Zunguza being held back during the sacrifice.
The tribe performed the rain dance, which was answered by thunder and lightning and finally by rain. After
the thanksgiving song, the funeral was held and all the tribe mourned with the Chief and Zunguza.

The witch doctor, seeing the sadness in the people's hearts, persuaded the tribe to dance the Mzumba
dance - traditionally performed only once a year to bring happiness to the tribe. The tribe became happier
in their dancing of the Mzumba, but the grief in Zunguza's heart remained. So he bade the Chief farewell
and started on his journey homeward through the jungle. NOW HE KNOWS WHAT IT WAS TO BE A MAN

SECOND HALF

Presentation of various Black Nation's Songs, Dancers and Dress
EMABOMVINI                          (Zulu) Battle Song
AMACAMU                             (Zulu) Maiden Dance
CLICK SONG                          (Xhosa) Song
THULA BABA                          (Xhosa) Hush Child
ISICATHULO                          (Xhosa) Gumboot Dance
TSIE KEEO                           (Sotho) Locust Warning Song
BONA NOGA                           (Venda) Sacred Python Dance
MOCHONGOLA                          (Shangaan)
NONGONGOLA                          (Shangaan)
SHOSHOLOZA                          (Shangaan) Go in Peace
Mzumba is not spirit - it is not even soul. It is something that combines both; it's the natural beat of the
heart of Africa.

Horseback Safari – Krugersdorp Game Reserve

Fantastic game viewing on horseback in the Krugersdorp Game Reserve.
Discover Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra as well as a host of buck species, including Sable Antelope in their
natural habitat. Only 48km west of Johannesburg, tarred road up to the point of departure. The 1500 ha
Game Reserve boasts the largest indigenous walk-in bird aviary in Africa.

All rides start and end at the Discover Lodge, situated on the western boundary of the Reserve.
No horse riding experience is necessary, as the two and a half hour safari is conducted in a controlled
fashion by highly experienced guides, who will assist even the most novice rider.

Johannesburg Tour

Egoli – ‘The City of Gold’. See the city from South Africa’s tallest building – The Carlton Centre, known as
The Roof of Africa. Visit a traditional Muti shop where traditional African homeopathic medicines are for
sale (not open Mondays), and stroll through Museum Africa, which forms part of the Newtown Cultural
Precinct, a cosmopolitan hub reflecting the wide diversity of South African society. Visit the new Nelson
Mandela bridge, as well as other interesting and historical sites, such as SAB World of Beer (not open Sun
or Mon) and Constitutional Hill, which is the new home of the Constitutional Court, the protector of our
basic rights and freedoms. It is also the site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where
thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the dawn of democracy in 1994. Many of
South Africa’s leading political activists, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, were detained
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Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi Cultural Village offers two unique day experiences where guests can share the excitement and
warmth of true rural African culture.

The morning programme at 11h30 is known as the Monati experience and the late afternoon program at
16h30 is known as the Boma experience. Both experiences follow the following program:-

   •   Arrive in our car park to a vibrant traditional African welcome and a refreshing welcome drink;
   •   Browse in the Ndebele village and African craft market where Ndebele murals decorate the walls
       and courtyard;
   •   Attend a multi-visual theatre presentation on the history and origin of our peoples;
   •   Guests are divided into smaller groups and taken on a guided tour of five homesteads – Zulu,
       Xhosa, Basotho, Ndebele and Pedi;
   •   After a few drinks in the bar, guests and the families meet back in the Boma for a traditional song
       and dance of all the villages. The dance culminates in communal dancing with the guests around
       the fire;
   •   A Pan African Feast is served in the Nyoma Choma restaurant with delicacies from North, East and
       Southern Africa.

Lesedi is a Sotho word that means "Light". It was made famous by the great leader and founder of the
Southern Sotho nation, Moshoeshoe.

Now Lesedi is a multi cultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour's
drive north of Johannesburg. Lesedi is home to 5 traditional homesteads: The Zulus with their fighting
sticks and cosy beehive huts; The Xhosa with their perfectly thatched rondawels and distinctive white
blankets; The Pedi with their rhythmic drums and whistles; The Basotho with their conical straw hats and
thick coloured blankets and The Ndebele with their beautifully painted homes.

Craft markets are available for shoppers. The catering consists of a great African Feast Buffet that will suit
anyone's appetite. Including delicious salads, vegetables, carvery and desserts.

Lion Park

Since its establishment in 1967, The Lion Park near Lanseria Airport north of Johannesburg has become
well-known for its magnificent lions and easy access from anywhere in the Gauteng area. The Lion Park
came under new management in 1998 and has since then embarked on enhancing the predator experience
and improving facilities, activities and services. The Lion Park ensures a unique yet affordable wildlife
exposure.

There are currently more than 100 lions at The Lion Park. This includes almost 30 hand-reared cubs. Most
of the lions are housed in four different lion camps where numbers range to about 14 animals, including
cubs of different ages. The lions in the four camps can be viewed from the comfort of our air-conditioned
Microbus and there are excellent photographic opportunities.

More than 10 different spotted hyenas of different ages can be seen at The Lion Park. The Lion Park is also
home to two brown hyenas, a species not often seen in the wild.

Several other carnivore species can also be seen at The Lion Park. These include cheetahs, wild dogs,
caracals. And black-backed jackals.

The Lion Park’s large herbivore species include black wildebeest, springbok, blesbok, gemsbok, red
hartebeest, zebra and giraffe. Ostriches are also present. These animals can also be viewed from the
comfort of our vehicle during a leisurely game drive on the 10 km trail in the large antelope area.

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Lori Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary, Midrand

Stroll around the tea garden and jungle gym. Animal petting and feeding. Great variety of animals; close
encounters.

Pilanesberg National Park

En route from Johannesburg we will pass through the very scenic Hartbeespoort Dam area where we can
stop to take photos if requested or visit a traditional African Curio and Craft market. From here we drive
directly to the Pilanesberg National Park.

This unusual reserve, which is the fourth largest in South Africa, is set high in the Pilanesberg Range,
traversing the floor of an ancient and now extinct volcano, providing a number of interesting habitats for
the varied flora and fauna in the park. Pilanesberg is home to the Big 5, namely lion, leopard, elephant,
rhino and buffalo and more than 365 bird species!

Our search for game begins as soon as we enter the gates. You will find your guides knowledge of both the
animals and flora/fauna indispensable, ensuring that not only do you have an enjoyable game drive, but an
educational one too. You will also enjoy visits to various predator hides, water holes and look outs. We will
stop for a light lunch and then continue our game drive.
If you don't have the time for a Kruger Park tour then Pilanesberg your best alternative which is only two
hours drive from the Gauteng Province with a massive 58 000 hectare park (the fourth largest in South
Africa).

Pilanesberg exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld vegetation,
commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, Pilanesberg offers unique overlaps of
mammals, birds and vegetation that occur because of this transition zone. Springbok, Brown Hyena, Red-
eyed Bulbul and Camel thorn Acacia trees, usually seen in dry areas, are found cohabiting with Black-eyed
Bulbul, impala and Cape Chestnut trees which are usually found in moist areas.

As a result of the range of habitats and vegetation, there is a wide diversity of animal species ranging from
the Big Five to 50 other species of large mammals, birds, 65 reptile species, 18 amphibian species and
thousands of other interesting smaller animals.
Pilanesberg offers you an experience you will always remember and encourages you to remember your
Binoculars, Cameras and film.

Pretoria

Pretoria was founded in 1855 and named after the Voortrekker leader, Andries Pretorius. Pretoria is
nicknamed ‘Jacaranda City’ due to the thousands of trees lining the streets, a sight to behold in season.

This tour offers a taste of Pretoria’s rich history, diverse cultures and beautiful natural surroundings.
Commencing at the Voortrekker Monument, the memorial to the pioneers who left the Cape in search of a
new homeland in the 1830’s, it proceeds to the historic Church Square in the center of the city and traces
the footsteps of the last president of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, Paul Kruger. You will then enjoy a
walk through the gardens of the imposing Union Buildings, which houses the office of the State President.

Before ending the tour you will visit the Transvaal Museum and Pretoria Train Station, as well as driving
past Pretoria Correctional Services and the University of South Africa.

The Union Buildings is by far one of the largest sights in Pretoria, home to the president's office, from
where you can delight in a panoramic view of the Jacaranda City. The Union Buildings are still the
government administrative headquarters and are not open to tourists, but the surrounding gardens are
permanently open and provide good views of Pretoria.

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This vast complex, generally considered to be one of the great highlights of British Imperial architecture,
was designed by illustrious English born architect Sir Herbert Baker (1862-1946), who also designed the
Bank of England in London, the massive Secretariat Buildings in Delhi and a great many neo-Gothic
churches.

Large numbers of the descendents of the Afrikaner people demonstrated their discontent with the British
authorities in the Cape by leaving the colony permanently at the start of the 19th century. Seeking their
freedom and surrounded by great danger, they travelled deep into the interior of southern Africa between
1834 and 1854. This was the Great Trek. The trek parties who took part in it were known as the
Voortrekkers.

The Voortrekker Monument, designed in honour of the Voortrekkers by the architect Gerard Moerdijk, was
inaugurated on a hill south of Pretoria on 16 December 1949. Traditional African symbols were used as
inspiration in certain facets on the facade and exterior of the building.

The Hall of Heroes contains one of the world's longest historical friezes. It reflects the experiences of the
Voortrekkers during the Great Trek. On the lower level is the Cenotaph Hall containing the central
cenotaph, historical flags and objects of cultural and historical value.

More adventurous visitors can reach the top level of the Monument by stairway or elevator where a
breathtaking view of Pretoria will greet them. The Monument is situated in a 341 ha nature reserve known
as the Voortrekker Monument Heritage site.

Other all time favourite visits include Church Square, Kruger House, Melrose House and the embassy area.
The best way to discover the heart of Pretoria is to follow the Setso route starting and ending at the Union
Buildings. A myriad famous landmarks and buildings can be seen on this route. These include the city's
oldest bridge, Lion Bridge, the neoclassical Pretoria college and various other buildings such as the Kinloch
building which is the oldest commercial building, Sammy Marks Building, the Volksstem building, Old
Raadsaal and the Kruger House.

For 100 years the Transvaal Republic was governed from the Old Raadsaal (1891). It was designed by
Sytze Wierda, who came to South Africa in 1887 to become head of the Department of Public Works. It is a
beautiful example of neo-French Renaissance architecture.

Restaurants

Carnivore (Muldersdrift)
Tantalize your taste buds with exotic and succulent meats at the Carnivore Johannesburg, adjacent to the
Misty Hills Hotel and is situated in natural surroundings overlooking the Krugersdorp hills. The entrance to
the restaurant is by way of a thatched walkway through indigenous gardens and a spectacular water
feature. This unique African restaurant seats 550 people.

The central attraction of the restaurant is a large circular open fire with 52 converted Masaai tribal spears
holding a variety of 15 different types of gently roasted meat such as pork, lamb, beef, chicken, ribs and
sausages and including game meats such as crocodile, zebra, giraffe, impala, ostrich, just to name a few!

The meal starts with the homemade soup of the day and fresh, daily baked honey bread. A lazy Susan is
then placed on the table, with the bottom layer containing six assorted salads and the top layer holding six
sauces to complement the meats. A very hot cast iron plate is placed in front of you, followed by two
potjiekos pots containing “pap and sauce”. A baked potato is also offered.

Carvers come from the fire with the swords holding the meat and any meat of your choice is served
directly on your plate. Carnivore has 15 different types of meats that they offer, 10 of which is venison


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(game). The choice of meats include lamb, beef, ribs and game such as crocodile, zebra, giraffe, impala,
kudu, ostrich, etc.This is followed by a choice of five different desserts and coffee.

Lunch: 12h00 – 16h00 and dinner 18h00 to 24h00. Monday to Sunday.

Gramadoelas

Encompassing the true South African Style of food making, the Gramadoelas Restaurant has every bit of
South African culture etched into its atmosphere, it's food and it's people.

In 1967, across from the old Post Office Tower in the basement of a garage in Hillbrow, Eduan Naude and
Brian Shalkoff decided to breathe life into their dream of starting a South African restaurant where no one
would ever be turned away because of cultural barriers or any such pre-distinctions. This took Brian, Eduan
and the Gramadoelas Restaurant on a journey from Goldreich street in Hillbrow through 10 years in Bok
street in Joubert Park and finally, the last 12 years at the Market Theatre in Newtown , Johannesburg .

The first license that could be obtained for the restaurant was only a “Boarding House” license and only
allowed people in the building to dine there. Brian recalls a specific day in 1970 when a non-European
gentleman entered the restaurant for a meal. The political atmosphere at the time not only frowned upon
this but considered it illegal. Of course no coloured people where allowed.

Brian remembers Eduan's distinct words back on that day, trying to save the coloured gentleman from
embarrassment: “Well at least the colour of everyone's money is the same.” Gramadoelas has been open
to all cultures ever since and it is exactly this approach of cultural change, that enticed the Market Theatre
to invite Gramadoelas in 1992 to share their unique building.

Gramadoelas for REAL South African food.

Moyo – Melrose Arch

Moyo, a loose translation from the Swahili word for soul, was founded by Jason Lurie, a man rich in
experiencing the culture of Africa. Although Lurie qualified as an economist, it is his background in music,
his love of food, and his passion for all things African that drove him to develop Moyo. Initially opened in
1998 as a small 120 seater restaurant in Norwood, one of Johannesburg premier suburbs, Lurie always
conceived the Moyo brand to become something that would give all Africanists a reason to believe: to
believe in the richness of the culture and the African offering: be it the (then) unknown sophistication of
the food, the ability to deliver world class service, the flair of design, the best of African entertainment, the
extraordinary offering of retail that could exist; into the realm of everything Africa has to offer to the
world. The great customer response to the initial Moyo restaurant allowed Lurie to build a strong team
that could translate his vision into the number of Moyo is about the senses. In design, Moyo adheres to
touch and sight: in finding texture, and focusing on the natural feel of all materials. Moyo craft, the Moyo
factory, manufacture virtually all the items you will find in any moyo; form the magnificent steelwork;
carved woods, the unique use of cowry shells and various oxides bring out the best in all markets. Moyo
has a resident coppersmith, Helmut Nikel, a master, who creates magic through awesome lighting, water
features, and pieces of art cunningly disguised as lights and various other useful parts of the restaurant!
Ashley Heron creates exquisite mosaic features using oxides, stones, shells and beads.

Moyo food appeals to the sense of taste and smell: designed to appeal to the sophisticated, based on an
eclectic range of African cuisine. Moyo entertainment ensures the sensory overload of both sight and
hearing. Natalie Fisher searches Africa for the best of current and new talent, offering customers the
opportunity to experience the best of current and exciting new acts, and offers new talent the opportunity
to perform in a world class environment. But it is the combination of all the unique touches built into the
Moyo experience that ensures all sense are engaged. From the wishy washy ladies, singing while they

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wash customers hands before they eat, the face painters, painting delicate traditional dots on diners faces,
to henna tattooing, to story telling to drumming waiters…

At Moyo our set menus are served in the traditional African way where the food is shared and savoured
together. Imagine an African feast with the food in the middle of the table, where you can enjoy your
dining experience without having to make choices. From starters to desserts we will bring everything you
see on the menu. The main courses are served in large clay pots called tagines, which are placed on the
table for you to serve yourself.

The Butcher Shop

The Butcher Shop & Grill is a celebration of South African heritage; coming together to enjoy a superb
meal complemented by a bottle of fine wine is an intrinsic part of our national culture. South Africans are
devoted meat eaters, particularly when it comes to the tradition of braaivleis and biltong - al fresco
barbequing and snacking on salted dried meat.

Perfectly situated on Nelson Mandela Square, The Butcher Shop & Grill enjoys safety, convenience and the
prestige associated with this exclusive five-star shopping mall. It is a popular meeting place for locals and
tourists alike, ideally suited to special occasions and every day events. Whether you come to us for a quick
bite, a long languishing lunch or to celebrate a special occasion with an evening meal, you will be sure to
enjoy your surroundings. Relaxing in the warmth of the South African sunshine and hearing the softly
splashing fountains in the square by day, or watching the lights glistening on the wet flagstones by night,
you will be enchanted.

                        Ask for advice on many other restaurants in our area.

Rhino & Lion Park

Set in the beautiful Kromdraai Conservancy, this haven from the hustle and bustle of the city boasts White
Rhino, Lion, Buffalo, Hippo, Cheetah, Wild Dog and more than twenty other species of game. All told, over
600 head of game roaming an area of 1600 ha, will satisfy even the most avid game viewer.

In addition the Vulture Restaurant offers visitors the privilege of viewing and photographing the rare Cape
Vulture.
The Centre has four main objectives – education, rehabilitation, captive breeding and research.

Visitors are also invited to call in at the newly built breeding centre which houses Bengal Tigers, Pumas,
Wild Dogs and their pride and joy – a WHITE lioness, born at the Reserve.
View lion, cheetah, wild dog, rhinoceros and hippopotamus at a close range out of the bustling life of the
metropolis. The Rhino & Lion park is just 30 minutes Northwest of Johannesburg, set in the beautiful
Kromdraai conservancy in the heart of The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site.

Enjoy the thrilling experience of the lion, cheetah and wild dog feeds over weekends and public holidays. In
Visitors also have the opportunity to interact at close quarters with small predators and other animals at
the animal crèche, where foster animals are prepared to be reintroduced into the wild.

SHOPPING CENTRES

Sandton City; a very upmarket and chic shopping centre; for the spoilt traveler
SANDTON CITY is the ultimate shopping sensation. This three-tiered tower is a maze of escalators and lifts
and, with 290 stores under its roof, is a one of a kind experience. As you make your way through the
spacious malls you are surrounded by a delightful array of shops; greeted by the chic sophistication of the
exclusive boutiques, the vibrant stores displaying cutting-edge décor and designer labels, the medley of

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restaurants. From curios to culture, art to African couture, Sandton City fuses sophistication and tradition.
As a premier retail destination in southern Africa, it encapsulates the South Africa of today.

Foremost South African designers such as Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner are displayed alongside
international labels such as DKNY, Gucci and Diesel.

International shoppers can feel at home, while experiencing a slice of Africa. Local shoppers can get away
from it all and enjoy the abundance of the cosmopolitan coffee shops, restaurants and shops.

And if you have indulged yourself sufficiently at Sandton City, just wander next door through a connecting
walk and enjoy Sandton Square's European style piazza under the warm South African sun. Sandton
Square too houses a variety of coffee shops, restaurants and beautiful stores

Northgate and Eastgate; for shop till you drop.

Oriental Plaza

IT'S the only shopping centre in the country in which each shopkeeper owns his shop. It's the colourful and
busy Oriental Plaza.

The Plaza, one kilometre west of the city centre, opened in the mid-1970s in Fordsburg. It was a direct
outcome of apartheid's grand separation schemes. Shopkeepers and their goods were relocated from
nearby Vrededorp and Pageview, and offered space at the Plaza. Here they bought their new shops. Today
they pay a levy to a body corporate, which manages the complex, much like the management of time
shares or blocks of flats.

It was decided in the sixties that the neighbouring areas, known to the residents as “Fietas”, primarily
Indian and Coloured areas, were to be flattened and redeveloped as white areas. Most residents were
moved to Lenasia and Eldorado Park, some 30 kilometres out of town.

Fietas was a vibrant, multi-cultural suburb of several thousands people, settled in the early 1900s. Its 14th
Street was a hubbub of shops selling everything from tin pots to tailored suits, with shopkeepers and their
families living above their stores. The shopkeepers of 14th Street were relocated to the Oriental Plaza.

The complex covers 17 hectares and consists of three sections – a north and south uncovered section of
sprawling single-storey shops, linked by a three-storey circular shopping area called the grand bazaar,
decorated with festive yellow and pink drapes and large coloured lanterns.

The 360 shops are full of bargains; their contents spill out of the shops - rolls of fabric are stacked around
the doors and on tables outside the shops, there are tables of pots and pans and crockery, small kiosks of
hair accessories gleaming in the sun, samoosa and chilli bite stalls, and hundreds of straw baskets of all
shapes and sizes.

The complex attracts 1-million shoppers each month. People travel from all over Gauteng to shop at the
Plaza. You can buy anything from a teaspoon to a button to gold jewellery, and most of the products are
locally manufactured, with only 10% of items imported.

The Plaza business community, which includes whites, Chinese and Pakistanis these days, is aware of
poverty in the surrounding area. A social responsibility programme has owners donating blankets to the
local homeless.

The neighbouring suburb of Newtown is enjoying huge investment in its rejuvenation, but most of this
planning stops just 20 metres from Fordsburg, says Bobat. The new Nelson Mandela Bridge between
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Newtown and Braamfontein is rapidly growing, and it is hoped that it, together with the new freeway off
ramp into Carr Street, will bring new business to Fordsburg and the Plaza.

So, if you love haggling and enjoy going home with armfuls of bargains, dig into Moosa's Sales Room,
Curtains for Africa, Zsa Zsa, Bombay Bazaar, Hawkers Welcome, or Help My Krap. And when you've got
your energy back, there are plenty more stores to explore.

Menlyn Park shopping centre - Pretoria

   •   Great architecture
   •   Over 311 stores
   •   Rooftop drive-in, Nu Metro Cinema Complex and Imax Theatre
   •   Galaxy World
   •   Aviary Hall
   •   Celestial Hall and Events Arena


Sterkfontein Caves

A guided adventure will tart at the exhibition area, then make your way up to the lime kilns, past the
sundial and then underground into the depths of the caves. Beneath the dust of millions of years, you’ll see
for yourself, the resting place of some of the most important fossils ever found, and you’ll hear the
magnitude of their significance to our world. After proceeding the walkways to view the excavation which
was Mrs Ples’s final resting place, the trip will continue past the fossil prep where scientists continue to
investigate the clues to our past. Finally you’ll be able to enjoy a drink at the restaurant.
Tour operating hours: 09h00 to 16h00 (last admission).

Soweto

Soweto (South Western Township) is a huge, vibrant, culturally rich township inhabited by over 2 million
people. Here you will get the opportunity to gain a new perspective and personal insight of Soweto.

See the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere – The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Other
highlights include Freedom Square, Klip Town flea market, The Regina Mundi Catholic church and of course
the houses of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Tutu.

Enjoy some time in the Hector Pieterson Museum where the history and memory of all those who were
involved in the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976 is preserved. Another highlight is a visit to an actual
Sowetan family’s home.

Sun City & The Lost City

En route from Johannesburg we will pass through the very scenic Hartbeespoort Dam area where we can
stop to take photos if requested or visit a traditional African Curio and Craft market. From here we drive
directly to the Sun City Complex. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Pilanesberg, one of South Africa’s most
scenic locations, Sun City is a world unto itself and has earned its reputation as Africa’s Kingdom of
Pleasure. Sun City offers sizzling entertainment, world-class casinos and restaurants to cater for all tastes,
to more relaxed poolside venues, quiet places, lush gardens and extensive sporting facilities including two
world-class golf courses. Re-discovered and now part of Sun City, The Lost City and Valley of Waves,
fabled to be the ruins of a glorious ancient civilisation, celebrate and bring to the legends of the mystical
city. The Lost City is internationally applauded for its wonderfully imaginative theme and exquisite
landscaping whilst the fantastic Valley of Waves is one of the World’s most exciting water parks. Deep in
the rugged bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano, lays the world's most unique resort.


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This is the internationally acclaimed Sun City. Sun City Resort has a unique heartbeat and an African
rhythm of its own and is unlike any other Resort destination in the world. This is pure fantasy and your
every desire is met. There are four world-class hotels including the magnificent Palace of the Lost City that
glitters like a jewel beneath the African sun, brilliant in its rain forest surroundings and luxurious in its
detail and design.

Adjoining the Resort, is the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park, which will delight game viewers as it is a
malaria free zone and home to the Big 5.

The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City is one of the most enticing travelers’' destinations in the world, a
tribute to man's imagination and revered for its art and architecture. Fabled to be the royal residence of an
ancient king, it is truly one of the "Worlds Leading Hotels". The Palace lavishes its guests with 5-star
service, and is luxurious in every facet of its fabulous architecture and décor.

Surrounding the hotel is a 25 hectare botanical jungle. The jungle is threaded with meandering paths,
cascades, lakes and pools and a variety of water-borne adventure rides. Combine the excitement of
parachuting with the thrill of watersports when you come parasailing. Further entertainment includes
Tubes, Bumper boats, Waterskiing, Cruise boat, 18 Hole mini golf, Pedal boats and more. The Valley of the
Waves will provide further fun with its beach like atmosphere and synthetic sea. Also available is the brand
new innovation Segway rides. Come ride with us and see Sun City like never before. Trained coaches will
teach you how to ride the Segway in just a few minutes where you can then glide along the laid out trails
next to the African bush and observe the variety of attraction with style.

Tswaing Crater

Here lies the youngest, best preserved brocket, small bowl shaped, meteorite impact crater in the world.
Named after a mysterious saline lake (Tswaing: place of Salt) that fills a 220 000 year old meteorite
impact crater of international geological significance, Tswaing is a 2000 hectare conservation area offering
group accommodation, bush and wilderness camp sites, four hiking trails, guided walks, education
programmes and museum displays.

Choose between a guided tour or self exploratory walk of 7.2 km around the meteorite impact crater and
experience the grandeur of the crater and also the tranquility of the surrounding African bushveld and
wetland with its unusual diversity of wildlife and exceptional variety of birds.

The former National Cultural History Museum took over the farm Zoutpan from the Department of
Agriculture in 1993 to develop it into an ecotourism destination for environmental education, recreation
and research. This became the Tswaing Crater Museum. In December 2001 the name was changed to
Tswaing Meteorite Crater.

Major attractions, besides the crater, are an extensive wetland system; the large variety of plant species,
representing different plant communities typical of the Sourish-Mixed Bushveld, and wildlife, in particular
the 240-odd species of birds found at this site. From the various layers of the sediment which accumulated
in the crater over thousands of years, the most detailed history of climatic change in the southern
hemisphere can be read.

From the start, the Tswaing project has invited community participation in its planning and development.
Local communities have already been benefiting from the museum project through job creation, skills
training, environmental education, income-generating projects and tourism.

Walter Sisulu – National Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort

Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden (previously called the
Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden) covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and

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natural veld areas. The history of the Garden shows that it was founded in 1982, but has been a popular
venue for outings since the 1800's.

The natural vegetation of the area is known as the "Rocky Highveld Grassland" and consists of a mosaic of
grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. A list of naturally occurring trees is
available. The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species. View the
seasonal highlights.

A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. The Garden is home
to an abundance of wildlife. Together with the other 220 bird species, there are also a number of reptile
and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal, which occur naturally in the Nature Reserve.

Several short walks run through the Garden and the surrounding natural areas. The JCI Geological Trail
gives visitors the opportunity to not only walk along the Roodekrans Ridge and in the Nature Reserve
portion of the Garden, but also to learn something about the fascinating geology of the area. Guided tours
can be arranged for groups. The garden is open daily from 08h00 till 18h00, no entry after 17h00.

De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre – Brits

De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back
from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programmes. This success has been unparalleled
anywhere else in the world!

The De Wildt Cheetah Centre was established in 1971 with the aim of breeding endangered species. Over
the past two decades the Centre’s efforts have resulted in the major achievement of breeding what was
once a threatened species, the cheetah. Over the years, nearly 600 cheetah cubs have been born at De
Wildt – a dramatic contrast to the days when the cheetah population of South Africa was estimated at a
mere 700.

On arrival at the Centre, you can expect a quick 30 minute briefing about the history, nature and
objectives at De Wildt. Thereafter you will be taken on a guided tour to see not only the cheetahs, but
many other species of animal such as wild dog, brown hyena, serval, suni antelope, blue and red duiker,
bontebok, riverine rabbit and vultures – including the very rare Egyptian vulture.

Visit the Rare and Endangered Species in a Captive Breeding Centre. See amongst others, wild dogs, king
cheetahs, hyenas and various species of vultures and owls. The tour coincides with feeding time, so you'll
be able to observe these animals feed in a natural, but controlled, habitat.

De Wilt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre lies nestled in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, presenting a landscape of
the open African veld, many indigenous trees and a panoramic view to the north. Rare wild animals are
part of this beautiful landscape.

Visitors will get the opportunity to see these animals up close and learn interesting facts about their
nature, habitat and way of life. Open vehicle game drives are conducted by a knowledgeable guide. The
tours last 3 hours and is an unforgettable experience.
Remember: Bookings must be done in advance it is advisable to book at least a week ahead. The tours are
scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 am and 13:30 pm. Children under 6
are not admitted.

Wonder Caves

The Wonder Caves is a 2.2 billion old cave which is a must to see for any adventurous person.
Visitors will get the chance to descend 87 steps and then a further 18 meters by lift into the 3rd largest
cavern in South Africa to be dazzled by up to 14 different cave formations of which 85% are still growing!
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