City Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Bus launches in Jozi!

If you’ve travelled to any of the big cities in the world, or even Cape Town, you’ll be familiar with the red open topped city sightseeing buses that dominate the tourist spots. These buses operate on a route with 10-12 tourist stops, enabling you to “hop on and hop off” as you please.


I was thrilled to find out that as from a month or two ago, Jozi now has its very own City Sightseeing Bus, which will operate in and around Jozi CBD. I went to the launch a few weeks’ back on behalf of Gauteng Tourism and loved the experience.

I’m not sure if I told you guys that I’m now doing some social media work for Gauteng Tourism. I write blog posts for them at www.gauteng.net/blog and also tweet for them (@visitgauteng) occasionally. I’m so thrilled about it… maybe one day I can leave my day job and blog fulltime! That would be a dream come true 🙂

Anyway, back to the bus. You can start at any of the stops but it is recommended that you start at either the Gautrain Park Station stop or Gold Reef City, because secure parking is available at these stops.

Sitting on the bus is like having your own tour guide, you get a set of earphones and as you drive, various interesting facts are pointed out to you. I found the tour completely fascinating- even though I’m a “local” and actually work in the CBD, I still learnt so much. I also love that going on the tour makes you feel like you’re on holiday because you’re doing something touristy 🙂

The buses come to each stop every 40 minutes, and operate on a schedule, so you can plan your CBD tour well.

Here’s the schedule:

– Gautrain Park Station
– Gandhi Square- THE shopping and eating hub of Jozi CBD
– Carlton Centre- Go to the rooftop for 360 views of Jozi
– Santarama Miniland- a must see for kids
– James Hall Transport Museum
– Gold Reef City
– Apartheid Museum- If you haven’t been yet, you simply must go. I usually don’t like museums and find them a tad boring but this one is designed in such an interesting, interactive way and is so relevant to our history as South Africans
– Mining District Walk- this is where I work 🙂
– Newtown- interesting for arts and culture
– Origins Centre at Wits- a great alternative to the Cradle of Humankind museum
– Braamfontein- a MUST do, especially on weekends (so you can go to the Neighbourgoods market)
– Constitution Hill- Fort, Women’s Jail and museums

You’ll also pass some famous Jozi landmarks, like the gorgeous Nelson Mandela Bridge
 

I’d REALLY recommend that you guys all go on this tour. I get so annoyed with people who won’t set foot in the CBD but claim to love this city. The CBD is an inherent part of Jozi and it is where everything began! You’ll honestly learn so much.

You can buy tickets on the bus (and pay by credit card), or online at www.citysightseeing.co.za for R120. There’s also loads of info on each of the attractions there. Gold Reef City is currently running a promotion- if you buy a bus ticket for R120 you get a GRC voucher for R120 to spend there.

If you do go, please share your experience with me?

xxxx
H