Experience the forest from a whole new angle with Acrobranch, one of a number of outdoor adventure parks, which offers a number of exciting activities like canopy walks, bungee jumping and zip lines. Located in the James and Ethel Gray Park, this particular facility has one of Africa's longest zip lines which makes its way through the forested canopy of the park. Zip down the rope from tree to tree across their various zip lines or show off your climbing skills on their various obstacle courses which include everything from monkey bars to Tarzan swings. Separate obstacle courses are also available for kids and teenagers.
Built around the No. 14 shaft of Crown Mines, this city is an authentic reproduction of Johannesburg at the beginning of the 1900s. There are fully furnished miner's houses with original furniture and fittings, including pressed ceilings. The museum exhibits include antique clothing and children's toys, which take the visitor back 100 years to the city that was. A train encircles the park and many shops offer interesting curios. You can also visit the original gold mine in a lift that goes down to 220 meters below the surface. An on site casino is open 24 hours daily.
This area of Johannesburg is filled with mixed themes and rife with history. A symbol of South Africa's journey to a deserved freedom, the Constitutional Court sits where the Old Fort Prison Complex used to house both political and common criminals -- names such as Robert Sobukwe, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were once trapped in these walls until its closure in 1983. This once oppressive site has been transformed into a monument of perseverance and justice. Guided and interactive tours are scheduled regularly.
What started out in 1994 as a small concert venue is now one of the most happening entertainment centers in Johannesburg, hosting many of South Africa's jazz legends. In 2003, Bassline was remodeled and renovated and now it can captivate nearly 1000 music fans with top-of-the-range acoustics. It has hosted over 3000 concerts of local and international music artists in the past. Apart from concerts, Bassline can also be rented for corporate functions and rehearsals. For complete details, call ahead or check the website.
Commonly referred to as Mandela House, Nelson Mandela National Museum is an important national monument nestled in Johannesburg. This museum is housed at the prior residence of the legendary Nelson Mandela himself and takes you through the history of Africa. Operating since 1997, this museum showcases several artifacts of the former President of Africa. The museum tells you the life story of Nelson Mandela and his family and his struggle for the betterment of Africa. The museum was renovated for the convenience of the tourists in 2009 and has been listed as one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.
As its name suggests, the Market Theatre was once a fresh fruit and vegetable market. Built in the early 1900s, most of the original architecture still exists as well as a lot of the original signs. Within the huge complex, other than the Market Theatre stages, there are a number of galleries and restaurants. The three theaters at the Market are the Main, Laager and Barney Simon. The venue stages all forms of production from drama, comedy, musical, community, South African to experimental theater. International actor John Kani is the managing trustee at the complex. Tuesday and Wednesday nights are usually cheaper than all other nights. There are various dining and drinking options within the Market Theatre complex. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Housed at the Juta Street, Stevenson Gallery is a popular art-space in Johannesburg. This art gallery is known for showcasing the artworks and paintings by several artists, local as well as international. Operating since 20008, this gallery has been a platform for upcoming artists and is known for housing artworks by famed artists like Glenn Ligon, Rineke Dijkstra and many others. The gallery is famous for being a venue for several art-fairs ever since its establishment and is truly an art and cultural hub of the town. This gallery invites all the art enthusiasts for visitation.
Housed in a 15-story building, the Neighbourgoods Market's structure impresses you with the mural artwork by Eduard Villa. Open every Saturday through the morning and afternoon, the Neighbourgoods Market is a nice place to spend a warm morning, whether you want to enjoy browsing through local artisan products, sample the various delicacies cooked up by local chefs or get fresh food fresh from the farmers' produce. Besides the fresh produce, the market comes alive during the various festivities like the We Love Real Craft Beer Festival, the Barrel and Vine Festival Festival and so on that happen throughout the year.
Overlooking the magnificent city skyline, Randlords is a gorgeous space available for hosting special events. Sitting atop the South Point Towers, the space is designed in the theme of a stylish lounge, with mood lighting and sleek decor choices. The outdoor deck affords some of the best views of the city. From product launches to corporate events the private soirees, the space is equipped to handle a wide variety of events. Randlords is occasionally, also host to public events like New Years Eve and other major celebrations.
Wits Art Museum had humble beginnings as a collection meant as a teaching aid at the university. Generous patronage from Norman Herber allowed the enthusiastic faculty to acquire newer works. A major donation of classical African art in 1978 set things rolling, and today, the museum has one of the finest collections of African art in the country. From modern works to historical art from all over Africa, the collection is all-encompassing to say the least. The Standard Bank African Art Collection is the focal point of the museum. Other prominent exhibits include the Wits Museum of Ethnology Collection, The Sekoto Collection and The Robert Hodgins Print Archive. The modern, purpose-built museum building has state-of-the-art facilities to preserve the works. The on-site cafe offers a selection of snacks and light bites. Check website for more.
Housed in the Witwatersrand University property, The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre claims to be the only museum of life sciences in the city of Johannesburg. Established in 2003, this museum was formed by the merger of the C. E. Moss Herbarium and Zoology museum. The C. E. Moss herbarium dates back to 1917 and boasts of a collection of 100000 botanical specimens from around the world. The Zoology museum dates back to 1922 and was founded by the Zoology Head of Department Professor Fantham. This museum was started as an attempt for the better understanding of the subject with the collections imported from Europe. Now, the zoology museum boasts of a collection of 60,000 specimens, out of which 40,000 are embryological specimens which are touted to be one of the largest embryological collections in the southern hemisphere.
It is believed that our earliest ancestors lived in Africa over 200,000 years ago and as time passed, they migrated to the other continents like Asia, Europe, the Middle East and finally America. The Origins Centre is a world class facility which traces the evolution of man right through the ages. The exhibits will not fail to fascinate even the hardened believer. The center has five venues, which can be hired for private events and arrangements can also be made to include bands, dancers or other performing artists in a function. A visit to Johannesburg is not complete without a visit to the Origins Centre.