Johannesburg is South Africa's largest and most vibrant city. Johannesburg boasts an abundance of professional and managerial talent, with close proximity to markets, energy sources and transportation networks which makes the CBD the primary centre of the national economy.
Bokkie Park (011) 899-4157.
An educational park housing all farm animals, giving the city child the opportunity to experience farm life. Excellent braai facilities are available. Southvale Road, Parkdene.
Bunny Park (011) 422-3651
Spend a day with your children, playing with the animals and relaxing.
Open 07h00-l7h00 daily.
Carlton Panorama (011) 331-2629
The totally upgraded Carlton Panorama. Views that will thrill you from the top of the tallest building in Africa. The spectacular bird's eye view from the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre is an ideal orientation experience for visitors to Johannesburg. See what makes this city the most dynamic and industrially successful city in Africa ... the gateway to the whole Southern African region and the 4th largest growing city in the world. Hear and feel the rhythms of the nation as they set the tone for a total African experience. Entrance on the upper level of the Carlton Shopping Centre, Commissioner Street.
Crafters Market Place (011) 794-4810
Wander through South Africa's premier Crafters Marketplace. Leisurely explore the stalls of beautifully handcrafted items on display from over 100 talented crafters and artisans. Experience the love, dedication, pride and quality of their workmanship. The Crafters marketplace is open seven days a week for your shopping pleasure and convenience. The range of crafts available includes products made of wood, wrought iron, exotic papers, dyed materials, knitwear, wax, glass, fragrances, stone, pottery, dried plants, bronze and other materials. After you have experienced the Marketplace, relax on the balcony of Platters, the Exclusive coffee shop at the Crafters Marketplace.
River Arts & Crafts Ramble (011) 331-2042
Maps are available from Tourism Johannesburg. This exciting event takes place the first weekend of every month. Artists studios open, offering pottery, watercolours, oil paintings, handwoven garments, iron sculpture. A wonderfully relaxing experience. Luncheons are available at the Riverbend Studio (pizza baked in an outdoor oven), La Piqnique -French Style picnic hampers or Continental Country Cooking from Millbank (Sunday lunch only).
Danielsrust Horse Trails (011) 957 0034
30 minutes from Johannesburg. Horse rides for novice and expert on well trained and groomed horses. Rides offered on both a farm and game reserve with an experienced guide. Many horse trail options available.
Overnight hut available. Fun for all ages.
Delta Park Environment Centre (011) 888 4161
A serene park with dams & a wide variety of bird life.
De Wildt Cheetah Farm (012) 504 1921
An exciting outing. This breeding and research centre is open on Saturdays, tours take place at 08h30 and 14h15, and Tuesday to Thursday at 10H00.
Disselboom Pleasure Resort (011) 957-0045
For a fun day with the family only 30 minutes from Johannesburg. "Foefie slide" over a stream, braai, take walks, camping and caravan area available. Visit the farm yard or go for an Ox-wagon ride.
Elephant Hide, Crafts, Curios & Farm Stall
(011) 440 6223/2869, Fax: (011) 440 1711
Right in the heart of busy Sandton, set in a tranquil, lush garden with Egyptian Geese, an authentic thatched house. You can relax, have a cup of tea and watch the creation of traditional Ndebele bead work. Buy all your curios, gifts and farm stall products at excellent prices. 162 Corlett Drive, Bramley.
Emmarentia Dam (011) 407-6111
(Jan van Riebeeck Park) Part of the Braamfontein Spruit, adjoining the Johannesburg Botanical Garden. An active sailing club caters for yachtsmen, canoeists, board sailors, scuba divers and model boat enthusiasts.
Entabeni Game Reserve (011) 675-0609
Entabeni "Place of the Mountain" is located in the Waterberg 2 to 3 hours away from Johannesburg. A serene encounter with nature at its best awaits you with upmarket accommodation and attentive service. This is combined with fantastic game viewing and nature trails including the unique Eugene Marais Cycads in their original habitat. Stay in either a Tree Lodge, Lakeside Lodge or one of the Ravine Lodges each with its own exclusive character and breathtaking vista of indigenous bush, placid waters or majestic mountains.
Flora Farm Garden Village (011) 795-3653
Honeydew Road West, North Riding
Flower Market (011) 836 9967
Visit the flower market for an unusual morning. Sit in on flower auctions, buy cut flowers from wholesalers and marvel at the large selection of pot plants. A profusion of bright colours chrysanthemums, gladioli, proteas, larkspurs, lilies, roses delphiniums and gypsophila
Footloose Trout Farm (011) 464-2201/2
FootlooseTrout Farm, the place to be for a relaxed family outing. The sounds of running water, the thatch umbrellas with braai facilities providing a cool respite from the hot Highveld sun, all compliments the feeling of being out in the country, away from the hustle and bustle. The thirteen dams on the farm are well stocked with trout (dams), carp, barble and bass (5 dams), these providing a great source of excitement for the youngster testing the waters for the very first time and the 'old timer' who comes for a quiet hour or two to the waters edge.
Forum Bird Park (01211) 9031
More than 100 species of indigenous and exotic birds. Picnic and swimming facilities. Hartebeespoortdam.
Gemstone Scratch Patch - Out of Africa
(011) 702-1553 77 Salvia Road corner Maple, Kyalami. A treasure chest of glittering, multicolored jewels! Over 24 varieties of semi precious stones are to be found in this scratch patch.
Open from 10h00-17h00 Tues-Sun and all public holidays.
Garden World (011) 957 2046
A profusion of colour and fragrances makes a trip to this nursery very worthwhile. A superb tea garden is also housed on the premises.
Gold Reef City
(011) 496 1600
Built around No 14 Shaft of Crown Mines, the City is designed to be an authentic reproduction of Johannesburg at the turn of the Century. This is apparent by the number of fully furnished miners houses, the museum exhibits, and the various gold mining artifacts that one can see everywhere, for example, the fireplace in the Schwartz jewellery store comes from the home of Barney Barnato, and the door of that store is from the home of Solly Joel.
A train circles the park with free rides for everyone, enabling a quick perusal of the facilities.
Street buskers amble along the quaint streets joined by the merry sounds of the penny whistler. There are many shops all of which are decorated in the "old" style of "brookie lace," with pressed ceilings. There is a "turn of the Century" Hotel where the style of the era is reproduced and the same "old" feel extends to the costumes of the staff as well as the style of restaurants and bars.
Gold Reef City Tribal Dancers: The team which consists of some 16 professional dancers, men and women is probably the only full time troupe in the Country. They appear twice daily during the week, and three times daily at weekends. In addition to these appearances certain members perform the popular Gum Boot Dance and give a Marimba Show.
Underground visit: Take the Cage to the 5th level at a depth of some 220 meters below the surface, and you will have come down number 14 shaft, which in 1969 held the World Shaft Sinking record, when the sinking team drilled and blasted 77.5 meters through quartzite in 30 days.
Gold Pour- Every day on the hour a gold bar is smelted in an
"arc" furnace and then cast into a bullion bar.
Closed on Mondays.
Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom (011) 956-6300
Krugersdorp. Picture yourself at a true Medieval Banquet - rollicking bawdy fun, mouth watering fare and a right royal good time for all.
Heia Safari Ranch (011) 659-0605.
Untamed Africa 45km from Johannesburg. Game roam in natural surroundings. Spend an evening in a Zulu kraal. On Sundays watch the Mzumba Dancers performing age-old legends accompanied by throbbing drums and chanting women. Also a traditional SA braai around the pool.
Booking is essential.
Horse Racing - The Jockey Club of Southern Africa
(011 ) 683-9283.
Frequent races take place at the Turffontein, Gosforth Park and New Market Race Courses.
(011) 678-5490/083 225 6873
Full and half day packages around Johannesburg. The adventure packages include Mountain biking, Fly Fishing, Hiking, Birdwatching, Game viewing, Microlighting, River Rafting/Canoeing and horse trails.
African Game Walk & Braai
Hikewell Adventures. Daily departures from your hotel 08h30 return at 17h00 latest. You are cordially invited to join our experienced ranger on this 6km walk into the regions largest nature reserve. Enjoy the unspoilt highveld scenery, with its excellent game viewing and photographic opportunities and savour a traditional braai.
Conserv Tours (Game Drives)
(01 1) 957-0034 Conserv Info Office
30 minutes from Johannesburg. Day and night game drives and horse trails available on a game reserve boasting 3 of the Big Five. Team building, special functions, catering, hikes for the family and school programmes.
A central booking and information office awaits your call 7 days a week.
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