<B>NOT JUST A CONCRETE JUNGLE:</B> Johannesburg is home to some of South Africa's best tourist attractions.
Cape Town - Johannesburg's City Sightseeing is expanding the Jozi experience offering by giving visitors a glimpse of the city's most leafy suburbs.
On Tuesday, 6 December, City Sightseeing will be launching the new 'Green Tour', which meanders from Rosebank to various red bus stops in the city's most beautiful areas.
Despite various stereotypes depicting Joburg as a dark and dangerous city, it is actually the largest man-made urban forest in the world, along with the Tijuca Forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The new 'Green Tour' aims to explore just that.
Starting in Rosebank, the City Sightseeing red bus stops at Zoo Lake, the Johannesburg Zoo and the Ditsong National Museum of Military History. From there, the bus departs to Constitution Hill via Munro Drive in Houghton, one of the most scenic roads in Joburg with picturesque views over the city’s leafy green suburbs.
The route is complemented by commentary based on the area’s rich history and stories shared by locals, bringing to life Joburg’s standing as a diverse culture, arts and business hub.
At Constitution Hill, passengers are able to hop on the Red City Tour to explore the CBD and surrounding areas, at no additional cost. The Soweto extension tour is accessible with the Red City Tour at an additional charge.
The Johannesburg Red City Tour and Soweto Combo, which have been running since 2013, have primarily been focused on attractions in the inner city and Soweto. With the Green Tour added to the mix, customers will be able to explore Joburg’s leafy suburbs too.
NOTE: The first stop and home to the new City Sightseeing ticket office is The Zone @ Rosebank.
Want to go? Here's what you need to know:
City Sightseeing offers a free shuttle service to this ticket office for customers staying at several hotels in Sandton and Melrose Arch.
You need only one ticket for both the Red City Tour and the Green Tour.
A one-day ticket giving you access to both the Red City Tour and the Green Tour will cost you R190 per adult (R170 online) and R90 per child aged 5 to 17.
A two-day ticket giving you access to both tours over two consecutive days costs R290 (R270 online) per adult and R180 per child.
You can opt to combine your one- or two-day ticket with our tour to Soweto. The one-day combo ticket will cost you R470 per adult (R420 online) and R220 per child, while you’ll pay R570 (R520 online) for a two-day adult combo ticket and R310 for a child.
Children four years and younger hop on the Joburg red bus free of charge (maximum two kids per adult).
The first bus departs from Rosebank at 09:00, with a bus departing every 30 minutes thereafter.
The Green Tour will take an hour to complete if you don't hop off at any of the stops.
The Green Tour and the Red City Tour combined will take two-and-a-half hours if you don’t hop off anywhere.
If you opt for the add-on tour to Soweto, add another two hours to your journey.
The earlier you start, the more you can hop off.
Commentary on the new tour will initially only be available in English but other languages will be rolled out in due course.
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