Starting Point: Johannesburg City Hall
Whether you’re heading in from the suburbs or live in the city centre, Johannesburg City Hall is where our day starts. If you’re however day-outing on a Saturday, you could alternatively check out the Neighbourhoods Market which will cost you a between (R26-33) for an Uber trip or a short walk north over Queen Elizabeth Bridge). They’re usually super busy, but the market is bursting with tasty street food and unique boutique stores to window-shop at before heading out.
Itinerary One: History-Hopping
After some market browsing, it’s time for a day of museum bouncing. Request a ride over to the James Hall Transport Museum (R71-94), where you can get an insight into the history of Johannesburg’s transportation, with collections dating as far back as the last 1700s. Once you’ve seen as many old busses, cars and horse-drawn carriages as you can manage, Pioneer Park where the museum is located is an excellent spot to relax. You can also fuel up with a dose of Chicken Licken Soul Food delivered straight to you through the Uber Eats app.
Or if you’re eager to continue, it’s time to go back to the present day by riding to the Museum of African Design (R42-53). Here you can see some of the most modern works of South Africa’s artists, graphic and product designers to see what’s moving Johannesburg forward today.
Itinerary Two: Exploring nature
Our second option is for those who like their days out to be outside rather than inside. From City Perk Café or Neighbourgoods Market, catch an Uber ride to Johannesburg Zoo (R60-90) to spend a day among the animals. Entrance is R90, but the zoo offers a full day of entertainment between its huge variety of tours, attractions and, of course, animals.
Once you’ve finished at the zoo, you can enjoy nature at a more relaxed pace at the lesser-known Wilds (R37-48) Uber ride or reachable by a short 1.5km walk. The Wilds is a small, pristine natural environment in the centre of the city, with indigenous gardens and water features set against koppies like the nearby Melville Koppies Nature Reserve. It’s a good spot for a picnic, but you really want to explore the area as it is unusual to find such a wild-growing natural reserve in the middle of a city.
Dinner and after
Finished with the park or the art? For the end of the day, head back to the city centre – next stop, the Kitchener’s Carvery Bar (R76-99) from the Wilds or R61-80 Uber ride from the Museum of African Design). This old-time style pub is perfect for a burger and a drink after a full day-out, making it the perfect end to any outing in Johannesburg.
Spending less than R250 (History-Hopping tour) or R200 (Exploring Nature tour) on transportation costs, you can spend an enjoyable day soaking up some of the best that Johannesburg has to offer.
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