Fun festive activities in Joburg this summer

December 12, 2019

It’s the season to be jolly! The City of Gold is packed with fun-filled activities for all visitors this holiday period. 

Whether you want to take the red bus for an intimate City Sightseeing tour, lunch at the trendy Neighbourgoods Market or simply be one with nature at the Johannesburg Zoo – Johannesburg has lots to offer.

Here's what to do in Joburg this silly season:

Destination Christmas at Melrose Arch: Until 5 January 2020.

Destination Christmas at Melrose Arch started on 22 November 2019 and will run up to 5 January 2020. Visitors can not only look forward to spectacular displays of Christmas lights; fun-filled activities for the whole family and a chance to explore the Fantasy Garden, which features four small themed feature gardens: a waterwise garden, a vertical display, a bushveld-styled garden and a traditional green landscape.

For more information, contact +27 (0)11 684 0000 or visit



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Neighbourgoods Market

This ever-so-trendy hotspot located in Braamfontein near Joburg’s Central Business District (CBD) offers one of the best experiences in Gauteng. Visitors in search of a bustling outdoor market that offers a variety of local and international food, cocktails and an overall amazing atmosphere accompanied by great music should make a stop here this festive season.

Open on Saturdays, Neighbourgoods Market offers great views of the city and a chance to meet and interact with people from all walks of life. Here you’ll also enjoy a range of South African seasonal fruits and veggies, various stalls to purchase hand-crafted items and clothes on sale, and a selection of craft beers from Darling Brewery – making this market a definite feature on your list of places to visit when exploring the City of Gold.

For more information, contact +27 (0)81 4162 605 or click here to visit their website.


See Johannesburg and Soweto with a City Sightseeing tour

A City Sightseeing two-day pass ticket is probably one of the best ways to explore the city. Visitors can take advantage of this tour and visit numerous top cultural and historic landmarks in and around Johannesburg.

Some of the leading stops visitors can hop on or off at when doing a City Sightseeing tour include Constitution Hill (stop 5) – home to the country’s highest court and a former prison complex where many political prisoners were jailed during apartheid. 

At Gold Reef City Casino Hotel (stop 13), passengers can hop off the bus, and take a City Sightseeing minibus to Soweto for a vibrant and interactive two-hour-long tour in South Africa’s oldest and largest township.

For more information, contact +27 (0)21 511 6000 or email



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Visit the Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is one of 10 Unesco World Heritage Sites in South Africa and is a mere 90-minute drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Cradle is an ideal place to visit if you’re looking to unwind and reflect on-the-year that was 2019 as it offers a variety of activities to partake in.

The area is home to the world's richest hominin site: 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils that have been discovered to date were found there. It also offers a unique range of game, birdlife and plant species. 

When visiting the area, make sure you add some of these stops: Maropeng – the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind. Ama Zwing Zwing zipline tours are perfect for anyone seeking some adrenaline and adventure. The Valley Lodge & Spa is a four-star rated accommodation located on the stunning banks of the Magalies River, and is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway and some body pampering.

For more information, contact +27 (0)14 577 9000 or visit



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