Short Tours & Day Trips from Johannesburg

Short Tours & Day Trips from Johannesburg

Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park (ZA1)

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(3 or 4 days, 2 to 3 nights from USD 810. B&B)

Magnificent days are spent travelling through the Highveld to Lydenburg and the scenic Blyde River Canyon. Stop at God's Window, Three Rondavels, Bourke's Luck Potholes.

The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers an unforgettable wildlife experience. The park was first proclaimed in 1898 as the Sabie Game Reserve by the then president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. He first proposed the need to protect the animals of the Lowveld in 1884, but his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realized when the area between the Sabie and Crocodile Rivers was set aside for restricted hunting. It boasts the greatest species diversity in Africa. This is the land of the Big Five. Accommodation in game lodges, hotels or rest camps according to your choice.

Kruger National Park (ZA2)

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(3 Days, 2 nights from USD 695. B&B)

We do game viewing in this internationally renowned wildlife sanctuary. The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Established in 1898 to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, this national park of nearly 2 million hectares, Kruger National Park is unrivalled in the diversity of its life forms and a world leader in advanced environmental management techniques and policies.

Truly the flagship of the South African national parks, Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Man's interaction with the Lowveld environment over many centuries - from bushman rock paintings to majestic archaeological sites like Masorini and Thulamela – is still very evident in the Kruger National Park and there to be explored.

At night we can relax with a sundowner and enjoy a traditional South African dinner under African skies.

KwaZulu Natal Midlands and Drakensberg (ZA3)

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(Up to 5 days, 2-4 nights from USD 545. B&B)

Experience the tranquility of the gentle Midlands hills. Explore the Midlands Meander, an unhurried treasure trail for all lovers of arts and crafts. Enjoy the Drakensberg's unique blend of spectacular scenery, rich history and heart-warming hospitality. We can also include Clarence en-route to discover the beauty of the eastern free state

Sun City, Lost City (ZA4)

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(Full day from USD 170)

Experience the most dynamic hotel and entertainment complex in Southern Africa. Overnight stays optional.

Pilanesberg National Park (ZA5)

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(Full day from USD 150) See Trip Dossier

View the Big Five and other African wildlife in an ancient volcanic crater. A popular alternative to the Kruger National Park tour (malaria-free).

Prices for accommodation in a 5 star lodge inside the park for longer stay is on request.

Cullinan Diamond Mine (ZA6)

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(Half day or full day from USD 95)

As one of South Africa's oldest working pits, the Cullinan Diamond Mine offers visitors much more than just an excavation site. Guests can treat themselves to a one of a kind diamond experience that explores the 32ha, 750m deep underground mine and watch a diamond being cut into the 66 facet Cullinan Star CutTM and set into a personalised creation by a master jewellery craftsman.

Short surface as well as half-day underground tours are available. There is also an opportunity to learn more about the various interests of the Cullinan Diamond Mine from the diamond interpretive centre, retail outlets, a training factory for local disadvantaged women and another local project, Imfundiso, a jewellery shop and school.

Can be booked as a full day trip with ZA10 or ZA11.

De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre (ZA7)

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(Half day from USD 150)

Breeding center for endangered species, including cheetah, African wild dog, vultures and owls. The Cheetah Centre in South Africa was established in 1971, initially as a cheetah breeding project and the Centre has during the past 40 years bred over 800 cheetah cubs. Various conservation projects have been initiated since its inception which also includes a successful African wild dog breeding programme Tour coincides with feeding times.

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve- Kromdraai Conservancy Tour (ZA8)

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(Half day from USD 110)

African wildlife to be seen include lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles and South African antelope. Danielsrust Horse Trails traverse some of the last remaining big farms in Gauteng. Situated in the Kromdraai Conservancy, 40km northwest of Johannesburg, one can view over 600 head of game from horseback. Trails take you through the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, and you can visit the spectacular Wondercave Visit to a 2 billion-year-old Wonder Cave (optional).

Lesedi Cultural Village (ZA9)

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(Half day from USD 130)

Discover the diverse cultural wealth of South Africa's people: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa and Basotho. Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural village awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions. Our culture is the light of our nation; whoever walks here amongst our cultures at Lesedi can also see the light.

On arrival at Lesedi in the late afternoon, guests are welcomed in the traditional African way with a suitable escort to 'their' village. Once settled in comfortable, traditionally styled rooms, guests will then have the opportunity of discovering the many colorful and fascinating aspects of the cultures of the people of Lesedi.

Witness tribal dancing and sample traditional dishes (incl. lunch or dinner).

Pretoria (ZA10)

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(Half day from USD 95)

City sightseeing tour through the administrative capital of RSA, with visits to the Voortrekker Monument, President Paul Krueger House, Church Square and the Union Buildings. Pretoria is a city located in the northern part of the province

The city's original name was Pretoria Philadelphia (Pretoria of brotherly love). It gave its name to the Pax Praetorian, referring to the country's relative stability.

Pretoria in South Africa is popularly known as The Jacaranda City due to the thousands of Jacaranda trees planted in its streets, parks and gardens

Can be booked as a full day trip with tour ZA6 or ZA7.

Johannesburg City Highlights (ZA11)

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(Half day from USD 95)

South Africa's largest city – once founded on the wealth of its gold mines- is today the financial heart of the Southern African continent. Harsh contrast can be found: glitzy bank headquarters next to slums, modern sky scrapers close to simple tin or mud huts – a multi-cultural atmosphere that will fascinate you.

Can be booked as a full day trip with tour 13.

Gold Reef City Tour (ZA12)

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(Half day from USD 110)

Today's museum town was an active gold mine until 1977 and a historical mining village has been recreated around the old main shaft – descend 220m down and watch gold being poured! A fun fair as well as a casino are part of this entertainment complex south of downtown Johannesburg.

Soweto Tour (ZA13)

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(Half day from USD 65)

Experience the heartbeat of this sprawling metropolis. This popular tour also includes Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Regina Mundi Church, Hector Peterson Memorial, Happy Day Crèche and informal settlements. Can be booked as a full day trip with tour 11.

Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden (ZA14)

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(Half day from USD 70)

Walk through cycad garden, forest and ferns and wetland areas. Spot the unique Black Eagles nesting in the striking cliffs

Explore Sterkfontein Caves (ZA 15)

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Half day
One person $120-00
Two person $60-00 PER PERSON
Three person $50-00 PER PERSON
Four person $45-00 PER PERSON

Within the Sterkfontein Caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, Homo sapiens. Important: Please wear comfortable shoes when going to the caves and leave your handbags and other luggage behind. There are a number of tight spots and pathways to negotiate in the caves and it is not advisable to do the tour if you are claustrophobic. It is also not advisable for people who suffer from acute asthma or chest problems to do the tour as there are a lot of stairs.

The exhibition is guided and can take anything from one to seven hours, depending on your level of interest and time availability. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors of all ages.

Optional Extras

Johannesburg is the start and end of most of our tours and here Barefoot Safaris can offer you a range of exciting day tours, from "historical" Soweto and the Apartheid Museum to City Tours, Museum visits, visits to the Cheetah Breeding & Research Farm and so much more.

Johannesburg is also synonymous with shopping – the 'City of Gold' truly has much to offer in line with 'retail therapy'. Speak to us to put together a great Johannesburg package that is filled with shopping and entertainment as well as to take you to the best restaurants to suit your budget… and with our range of accommodation options in Johannesburg, there is something for everyone.

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