Exploring Joburg on a Hop-on Hop-Off bus

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Date: March 24, 2016
Category At Thompsons

Most of us can say that we are guilty of not exploring our glorious city, To change this, Thompsons Holidays and SA Tourism decided to get some of our travel partners out of the office and go on an adventure to explore Jozi! 
The day started off at Gold Reef City where most of us were reminded of our youth and hearing the sounds of the rollercoasters was the best way to get pumped up for the day. After a brief intro and an overview of what to expect for the day – we set off to embark onboard the City Sightseeing Bus to escort us for the day. 
top of the BigRedBus - hop on hop off in Johannesburg

With the running commentary, you get a brief outline of how Joburg was founded and what made it into the metropolis we know it to be today accompanied by some of the greatest hits to come out of this country (such as Weekend Special by Brenda Fassie). 

hop on hop of in Johannesburg
Our first stop was at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. Located in Newtown, it is easily accessible and definitely worth a stop for people of all ages. Should you have a particular interest in maths, science and technology – this would definitely be the place to visit. Despite not having plenty of time, the most noteworthy part of this attraction is that Body Worlds is being hosted here for the second year in a row. Whether you have an affinity toward anatomy or not – this thought provoking exhibition will make you question your life choices and see the consequences of your habits (both good and bad). 
If you make your way to Sci-Bono and have some spare time on your hands, within walking distance you will also be able to find SAB Miller World of Beer, The Market Theatre, The Museum of Africa, Bassline Music Venue, the newly renovated Newtown Junction Mall amongst others. 
at the top of the Carlton Tower
From there we hopped back onto the bus and made our way to “The Top of Africa”: Carlton Centre’s very own 50th floor. As you step out of the elevator, you are greeted by a spectacular 360° view of the city and beyond. Here we were greeted by Avis who provided us with some well received treats and a spot prize for the agents who knew their stuff. 
Johannesburg from the top
Once we made our way down from the 50th floor, we embarked onboard the Hop on / Hop off bus and began our journey through town via Turffontein back to Gold Reef City. 
On arrival we sat to down and enjoy a light lunch provided by Tsogo Sun and were able to catch up on our eventful day.
at Gold Reef city
Our final stop of the day was to go down the mine shaft – despite this being renowned for being Gold Reef City’s mine, this forms part of Crown Mines and there is a Gold Reef which was discovered in the mine itself. This was a fascinating tour and definitely something that is suitable for everyone (unless you’re afraid of being underground and the dark that is). The rest of the day was at leisure to enjoy the park.

By: Candice Perry - Thompsons Holidays