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2 free days, does this itinerary work?

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2 free days, does this itinerary work?

Hi, I’ll be arriving with two colleagues and we have about 48 hours free in Johannesburg at the end of the month. Our flight arrives mid afternoon from Gaborone and we are booked in at a hotel on Nelson Mandela Square. Here’s what I have in mind:

Train transfer from airport to hotel, check in, etc. afternoon/evening hop-on bus tour of Johannesburg, dinner near hotel.

Full day: tour of Soweto and Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, etc sites. I think it’s probably easiest if we arrange a private tour with driver and guide, but I don’t know. Advice would be appreciated.

Next (last) day: morning tour of cradle of humankind, midday transfer to airport for flight to Cape Town. I think for 5his, we need a private car and guide, especially since we will have to bring our bags with us for the airport transfer.

Does this plan work? And can anyone recommend a tour company? Thanks!

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1. Re: 2 free days, does this itinerary work?

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2. Re: 2 free days, does this itinerary work?

Your itinerary will also depend on which days of the week. There are a few highlights which are only on specific days of the week.

You can take the HOHO bus for your day long tour of Soweto. They have a hotel shuttle which will collect and bring you back, you'll take the bus to Apartheid Museum and take extension to Soweto. Highly recommended.

Rather than a tour for Maropeng, why not hire a car in Sandton, self-drive to Cradle of Humankind then leave car at airport?

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3. Re: 2 free days, does this itinerary work?

I'd do as Gavin recommends. HoHo bus with Soweto on full day. (Or a private driver if less expensive for 3 of you). Then rent a car and stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel so you get into the Cradle of Humankind early. Drive to the caves afterward for that very interesting tour and get to the airport. If you try to drive to CoH in the am, you’ll need to leave very early. But you could. If you get a driver, make sure they will transfer to the caves and then to airport. I’d rent car with the logistics.

I’ve used Wilro and Hylton Ross for private drivers in Johannesburg. There are many options.

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4. Re: 2 free days, does this itinerary work?

I had a good experience with a full day tour of Johannesburg with Phillippians4you in August. We were leaving that night so Solly (the owner) put our bags in the van during the tour and delivered us back to the airport in the late afternoon.

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