ZOO LODGE - TOURS

DAY TOURS

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JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR.....dt1

 Duration : approx. 4 hours
We depart Zoo Lodge at 09h00 or 13h30 for a drive through the Northern Suburbs to Hillbrow and Yeoville before stopping at the Carlton Panorama, " The Roof of Africa" for a birds eye view of Jo'burg. Passing through the city centre we take in some of the sights en route; the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the Library and Museum Africa. Next up is the Oriental Plaza where they sell the best "samusas" in town. The tour finishes with a drink is Old Melville which is one of Jo'burgs most exciting night spots. The streets are lined with small bars, cafes and interesting alternative, new age shops. Arrive back at Zoo Lodge around 13h00 or 17h30.
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PRETORIA CITY TOUR.....dt2

 Duration : approx. 8.5 hours
We depart Johannesburg at 0800 and proceed to Pretoria, the administrative capital of South Africa. Our first stop will be to the impressive Voortrekker Monument, where we view stone carvings depicting the migration of the Boer pioneers from the Cape to the Transvaal. We continue into the city along Nelson Mandela Drive, passing UNISA (the largest correspondence university in the world ) before stopping for lunch (own account) at Melrose House where the treaty of the Boer War was signed. After lunch it's on past the City Hall and then to the Paul Kruger House Museum for a short tour. We then continue our drive through the city centre and visit its heart, Church Square, where the city began. Next up are the Union Buildings where we stop to admire the view. Leaving Pretoria we pass the Presidential Residence (closed to the public) and return to Johannesburg by early evening.
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SUN CITY PILANSBERG.....dt3

 Duration : approx. 12 hours
We depart Johannesburg at 0700. En route to Sun City we pass the Haartebeespoort Dam and the majestic Magaliesberg mountains. At Sun City we take time to explore this elaborate fantasy world of enchanted gardens and pathways. Take a walk along the bridge of time and feel the earth move as you enter the realm of the Palace of the Lost City . You may also want to try your luck at the casino or ride the white waters at the Valley of the Waves. Then it's off to the famous Pilanesberg Game Reserve which is situated in an extinct volcano where there is ample opportunity to get close-up photographs of the Big 5. We return to Johannesburg by early evening.
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GOLD REEF CITY.....dt4

 Duration : approx. 4.5 hours
We depart at 0830 and catch a glimpse of Jo'burg city centre en route to Gold Reef City. This is an authentic reproduction of Jo'burg at the turn of the century. It is a unique complex of historical importance, offering a step back in time when the glitter of gold lured many to seek their fortunes. Fully furnished miners' houses, museum exhibits and gold mining artefacts can be seen. There are many shops, joy rides and a train to take you around the complex. Take a trip down a mineshaft and see how gold is mined. Experience a gold pouring demonstration and be entertained by the African tribal dancers at the open air theatre. There are also various lunch and refreshment venues in the complex where one can have a bite to eat or a drink. We end the tour at approx. 1300.
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SOWETO DAY TOUR.....dt5

 Duration: 4 hours
Surrounded by myth and controversy, vibrant Soweto is a city of surprise ans showcases, startling enterprise and vigorous cultural interaction. Explore the historical, social and artistic aspects of Soweto life. Visit the former house of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Kliptown Freedom Square, shebeens, etc. This is your opportunity to gain a new perspective and personal insight into one of the largest black cities in Africa.
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RHINO, LION PARK AND WONDER CAVE.....dt6

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MAGALIESBERG BOULDERING AND HIKING.....dt7

 Duration: 8 hours
For those who are fit and intrepid enjoy the day bouldering in the water filled valleys and hiking around the Magaliesberg. Take your own picnic lunch. Full day.
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MAGALIESBERG HORSE RIDING.....dt8

 Duration: 8 hours
We explore a farm in the Magaliesberg area on horseback. Next stop is the Sterkfontein Caves with all the Chambers and also where some vital and anthropological discoveries have been made followed by a visit to the Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve. A full day adventure, including lunch.
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NDEBELE VILLAGE.....dt9

 Duration: 8 hours
Today we visit the Ndebele Village north-east of Johannesburg. Here we meet the friendly Ndebele people and admire there colourful houses and huts. We gain a new insight into there old traditional ways and there unusual way of dressing.
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DIRT TRAX AND PAINTBALL.....dt10

 Duration: 4-6 hours
Get your Adrenalin going! Have fun in the sun, shooting your friends or running them off the road in their go-karts. This has to be one of the best ways to enjoy the great South African outdoors. Relax around the fire for lunch as we enjoy a traditional Braai.
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JO'BURG'S FLEA MARKETS.....dt11

 Duration: 8 hours
Enjoy a great outdoor shopping experience as we visit three of Jo'burg's best flea markets, Bruma, Randburg Waterfront and the Market Theatre. Find the best bargains this side of the Sahara to take home to your loved ones.
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MAGALIESBERG AND HARTBEESPOORT DAM.....dt12

 Duration : approx. 6.5 hours
We depart at 0730. Nestling in the picturesque valley at the foot of the Magaliesberg is one of the most beautiful man-made lakes in Africa. It covers an area of 2000 hectares and is one of Gautengs favourite playgrounds. We enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of the Magaliesberg after an exhilarating ascent via the cable way, which rises 378 metres from the lower slopes of the mountains to a station on the summit, covering a distance of 1100 metres. On a clear day it's possible to see Jo'burg's skyline or marvel at the paragliders, microlites and hangliders as they ride the air currents below. We have time to explore the attractions situated near the lake and have lunch at one of the many pubs and restaurants (own account) before returning to the hustle and bustle of the city in the early evening feeling relaxed and refreshed after our day's outing.
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