SOWETO AND GOLD REEF CITY MINE TOUR (Full day: ± 8 hours)
Hours allocated include travelling time
You can combine Soweto and Gold Reef City tour to learn the full history, Culture and the story of
Gold in Johannesburg. Soweto is the melting pot of South African Urban Culture. It is the must-see of tourists who are looking to see more than the big 5.
Post the 1994 Democratic Election, Soweto has become a place of vibrancy, friendship and contrast.
We visit Vilakazi street, the street with Historical
Significant. The only street in the world where the two Nobel Prize winners lived.The houses of the two Nobel Prize Winners: Late President Mandela and Arch-Bishop Emeritus Tutu are situated in this famous street.
You will have the opportunity to see the various parts of Soweto, how some communities are still in need of development and Poverty alleviation and how some areas have turned into "small affluent suburbs.
At Gold Reef City you will be taken on tour, through the Museum, travel down the Mine Shaft, view the Gold Reef that gave birth to Johannesburg. Gold Reef City is actually a Life Museum of a Victorian Architecture depicting the story of Gold. The museum is dedicated to gold mining where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how real gold is poured into barrels.
With its Victorian houses and geological displays, Gold reef City offers many fascinating insights into life in Johannesburg long before the technological age. In the centre of Gold Reef City stands Shaft No 14, opened in 1887 and closed after 84 years of operation in 1971.
Gold reef City is one of Johannesburg’s most popular attractions for Tourists and locals alike. The site where Gold Reef City is situated is an old Gold mine and it has been modelled to resemble the gold rush and the gold rich history of Johannesburg. The area was flooded by Prospectors after the discovery of Gold in 1886. Over its 90-year lifespan the mine produced some 1.4 million kilograms of gold, blasted out of the ground by 30 000 miners.
Package rate Inclusions
- Return transport in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle
- Guided tour
- Visiting the museum houses and Gold poor demonstration ( Surface tour )
- Going on the underground mine tour
The following rules apply to the underground tour to ensure the safety of our guests:
- Pregnant woman and children under 6 years are not allowed to go underground.
- People with the following health conditions are not allowed to go underground: Claustrophobia, people with any walking defects such as
an artificial foot or leg, people who recently had major surgery or anybody who ever
had a bypass and any person without shoes.
- People who suffer from Asthma cannot go down the mine and
- People who are visually impaired cannot go down the mine.
Gold Reef City has a variety of restaurants to choose from. In addition to restaurants, there are Coffee shops and food court with fast food Outlets.
Gold Jewellery shops:
Jewellery shops sell Exclusive Jewellery.
Gold Reef City Old Mine Shop
The Old Mine Shop at Gold Reef City offers delightful mine Souvenirs dating back to the 1800.The shop also sells Gold Reef Caps, T-shirts, Investment Gemstones, Jewellery, Old mine lights and Old scientific instruments.