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Gold Reef City

The Anaconda ride at Gold Reef City

The Tower of terror ride

The Raging River

The Giant Wheel

The Miners Revenge

MTN Nasrec Expo Centre

The exhibition industry in South Africa has much to be proud of, in that this multi-purpose venue has dedicated exhibition facilities that are the largest in Africa. The Expo Centre can offer over 42 000 square meters of covered space, and an additional 80 000 square meters of outdoor, multi purpose space. All this is accessible from multiple entrances, with all infrastructural requirements being provided, such as banking facilities, telecommunication services, five star in house catering facilities, and ample and secure parking for up to 20 000 vehicles.

FNB Stadium \ Soccer City

Soccer City Stadium is situated in Diepkloof near Nasrec, Johannesburg, some 10 kilometres to the south-west of the city centre (and close to the old west reef gold mines.). The stadium is the flagship venue for the Soccer World Cup 2010, and it will be hosting both the opening match and the final. Soccer City Stadium is the largest in Africa. The stadium is also known as FNB Stadium (First National Bank stadium). It is situated close to Ellis Park Stadium. It is also located 6 km from Gold Reef Guest House.

Safari Vacations

Book only your flights, we will handle the rest, transfer to the guest house, meals and accommodation,
tailor made trips to the game farms, transport, accommodation, meals etc. return trip to guest house and transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
All safely done by a personal driver.

Pilanesberg National Park

Departs From: Gold Reef Place - Johannesburg
Duration: 12 Hours
Departure Dates: Daily Early departure time given upon reservation.
Routing: Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Nature Reserve - Sun City - Johannesburg
Excludes: Lunch
Price Per Person (1/11/10-31/07/11): ZAR1600.00

For personal tailor made trips, Email: Your requests HERE


Pilanesberg National Park - in an ancient volcanic crater "The Volcano that gave birth to a game reserve"

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills - the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. The structure of the park is termed the "Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex". Ancient, even by geological time scales, this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex. A number of rare (but not necessarily economically important) minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg National Park rates high amongst the world's outstanding geological phenomena.

Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.

The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.

Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.

The colourful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight and entertain photographers and visitors. The very topography makes the area a feast for the eye. Here are syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld and also rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas. Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, "the Proud Mountain". The Park ranks among the largest of the national parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare.

The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. The Operation Genesis, which involved the game-fencing of the reserve and the reintroduction of long-vanished species, began during the late 70's. Today, Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa. Also home to the Big Five.


Turffontein Race Course

Transfers arranged to Turffontein Conference Courses.

Horseracing & Tote Betting

Phumelela conducts horseracing and operates tote betting in four of South Africa's nine provinces - Gauteng, the hub of the country's horseracing industry, Free State, the Eastern Cape and the Northern Cape. Phumelela also operates tote betting in Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo provinces, all of which have no racecourses.

Phumelela's five racecourses by province:

* Gauteng: Turffontein.

* Free State: Vaal

* Eastern Cape: Arlington and Fairview.

* Northern Cape: Flamingo Park.

Phumelela's revenue is principally derived from a commission on tote bets placed at its 5 racecourses, over 200 tote outlets and two telephone-betting centres. Phumelela also receives a percentage of the provincial taxation levied on bookmakers. In Phumelela regions, prize money for races is governed by a stakes agreement between Phumelela and The Racing Association, in terms of which 6% of all tote bets on horseracing in Phumelela areas goes directly to the prize money. South Africa through the use of overseas racing. In addition to local races, South African horseracing fans can now watch and bet on UK racing daily, as well as selected races from Dubai, France, Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore, the USA, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and other foreign venues. It is intended to introduce more tote soccer bets, as well as tote bets on other sports. Such bets will boost tote betting turnover and provide the opportunity to migrate sports fans taking tote bets on their favourite sports to betting on horseracing.

Hospitality & Banqueting

Phumelela's hospitality and banqueting division is responsible for raceday hospitality at racecourses, charity racedays including banqueting and conferencing. Turffontein Racecourse is not only a famous horseracing venue, but also one of the most popular banqueting venues in Johannesburg. Race meetings at Phumelela racecourses offer exciting marketing opportunities for South African companies. The combination of a network of tote outlets, extensive media coverage (total annual value over R400 million) and horseracing fans that come from all walks of life enable Phumelela to provide exciting co-promotional opportunities to match virtually any company's target market.


Phumelela employs about 1 500 people, of whom nearly 80% are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and enjoy significant representation in junior, middle and senior management.

Unisa Ormonde Conference Centre

2 Vinton Road, Ormonde Ext. 1, PO Box 90240, Bertsham,2013

Tel. (011) 835 1001/2

Fax 011 835 1040

Cell 083 631 5655,

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Situated a mere ten minutes' drive from the heart of Johannesburg's central business district, 3 minutes from Gold Reef Place Guest House the Unisa Conference Centre is within close proximity to Gold Reef City and NASREC. The Centre's friendly and efficient staff and it's accessibility from most of the main arterial routes around Johannesburg makes it the ideal choice for a conference or exhibition. The Centre also offers four conference rooms which can accommodate up to 60 delegates each, and an exhibition room.


Conference rooms

4 well equipped training rooms are available for conferences of 5-50 delegates. All rooms are individually air-conditioned.

Al conference rooms are equipped with the following equipment:

* Overhead Projector

* Screen

* White board and markers

* Flipchart

* Television and video

* Individually controlled air-conditioners

* Specialised equipment such as data and slide projectors and telephones are available on request.

Fax and photo copying facilities are also available on request.

Exhibition centre

The Exhibition Centre caters for groups up to 3000 delegates. This facility is fitted with under floor heating. The reception desk allows for easy registration of conference delegates. The Exhibition Centre is the ideal venue for product launches, exhibitions, special functions, year-end functions, weddings etc. Specialised equipment such as data and slide projectors and telephones are available on request.

Rand Easter Show

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT COMPUTICKET FROM 1 MARCH Friday 22 April to Monday 2 May 2011 for the all new RAND SHOW 2011.

This South African icon is being rejuvenated with the promise of a Great Day Out, Every Day. Central to the renewal of the brand is a refreshed offering with more contemporary entertainment and more contemporary exhibits and interactive events.

Ticket Prices:

Adults R75.00 per person

Children aged 6 - 16 years R25.00 per person

Children under 6 years Free of charge

The Rand Show is positioning itself to regain its former "Must Do" entry on the ever crowded Easter holidays calendar.

The Rand Show itself has been reinvigorated with a strategic emphasis on attracting families across South Africa's demographic landscape. With a distinct departure from focussing on race, the show is instead targeted at the emotional touch points inherent in mid to upper income family groups.

This strategy has proven successful with a show that has attracted an audience that's representative of the country in which it is hosted. The activities and events have massice cross-over appeal with research indicating a strong affinity for the rides, adventures zones and kids entertainment. Stores and vendors were also satisfied with the quality of shopper the show brings through the gates. The success of the show is after all measured by a return on investment for exhibitors.

The event calls for revised content and a fresh approach to family entertainment across sport, health, food, extreme, children's entertainment and house and home improvements.

The successful delivery of an audience with suitable consumer demographics will drive the re entry of quality exhibitors and well known brands and sponsors.


Wits Medical Centre (Situated only 9 kms from this guest house)

The first FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence in Africa was launched at Wits University on Monday, 31 March 2008. The inauguration of the Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (CESSM) at Wits University was officially inaugurated in attendance of South African Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang; Danny Jordaan, CEO 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa; Prof. Jiri Dvorak, MD, FIFA Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC); Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Chancellor of Wits University; Prof. Loyiso Nongxa, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Wits University; Prof. Rob Moore, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Advancement and Partnerships at Wits University; Prof. Helen Laburn, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits; Prof. Alan Rothberg, Head of the School of Therapeutic Sciences at Wits; and Dr Demitri Constantinou, Director of the Wits CESSM.  

“The body of knowledge in football medicine accumulated by FIFA needs to be practically implemented so that African players can fully benefit from state-of-the-art prevention, treatment and rehabilitation,” says Dvorak. “We are particularly pleased that the CESSM ensures this in the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. They create a legacy far beyond this event by educating the next generation of African clinical specialists committed to football medicine.” 

He added that the FIFA-accredited Wits CESSM would play a key role promoting football as a health and leisure activity in South Africa and beyond. “There are over 268-million active football players in the world; more than 38-million people watched the 2006 World Cup in Germany; about 37,000 official matches are played in France and 72,000 in Germany annually. The popularity of this sport provides us with a platform to promote football for health throughout the world,” he says.  

In a letter addressed Constantinou, FIFA President Joseph Blatter says: “We are very pleased to recommend your institution to the football community as an elite centre with a history of commitment to football and the respective expertise when specialised services are required. FIFA would like to thank you for your contribution and dedication to the prevention and protection of the health of football players and we look forward to our future collaboration.” 

“It is a great honour to have been recognised as a contributor to football medicine locally, on the continent of Africa and internationally,” says Constantinou. “I view it also as a catalyst for the Centre in the future – in all spheres of football medicine, research and educating health professionals to further develop themselves and to give back to football. The “beautiful game” is a wonderful forum for the uplifting of society both physically and psychologically, and for the promoting of health. We are uniquely placed to have the integration of sport science with medicine, which broadens and strengthens our activities. We look forward to contributing to the visions of FIFA, FMARC, the Centre and Wits University.” 

Moore thanked Wits’ partners, particularly FIFA for the tremendous accolade and said that the FIFA-accredited CESSM looked forward to collaborating with the four other FIFA Centres around the world. The other five Centres are based at the Schulthess Clinic (Zurich), the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group (Santa Monica, USA), the St Marianna University School of Medicine (Kawasaki, Japan), the adidas Sports Medicine Centre (Auckland, New Zealand) and the Orthocentre of the Technical University (Munich).

Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (Only 12 kms from this Guest House, transfers arranged.)


The name Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, is not ethnic. It was derived from two people. Chris Hani - who was a freedom fighter during the anti-apartheid struggle and who was assassinated in 1993, and

  • John Albert Baragwanath - a Cornishman from England who settled in these parts during the late 1800'

Bara is a training centre for all categories of staff.  We train approximately 60% of the medical students from the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, including the provision of postgraduate and undergraduate medical training.  

Wits university recently opened a learning centre at the hospital, which will simplify life for the students as they will no longer need to return to the medical school for lectures.

Bara is a specialist referral hospital providing curative services for ±3,5 million people from the Southern & Western parts of Gauteng. However, we often receive referrals, for specialist treatment, from all the surrounding African countries as well. The hospital is situated on the southern border of Soweto, and was built, during the Second World War, to serve as a military hospital for the British troops fighting in the Middle East.

The Casualty, Emergency and Outpatient Unit is the busiest section of the hospital.  Here we receive about 350 patients per day, which could easily double over a weekend. We annually admit about 150 000 patients, all-inclusive, and treat ±500 000 outpatients.  As from April 2004, these sections are part of a major revitalisation programme implemented by the Gauteng Department of Health and will be completely rebuilt.  

Approximately 70% of the cases handled, in our emergency departments, are trauma related, specifically motor vehicle accidents and assaults.  We also receive and treat an average of 160 gunshot victims per month.  Bara was opened as a civilian hospital in 1948 with 480 beds, which have grown since to 3 400 beds. However, due to financial constraints, as well as separating the different levels of care, we are only able to use 2 865 of the available beds. 

Although we only function at a 65 – 80% bed occupancy, the hospital remains one of the busiest in the country, if not the world.  Most of the medical wards function on 95 – 100% bed occupancy due to HIV/Aids related diseases. 

If all the corridors in the hospital should be put into a straight line it will be more than 10 kilometres long. The hospital was entered in the 1997 Guinness Book of Records as the largest hospital in the world. For the financial year 2004/2005 the hospital budget was over R910 million

St John Eye Hospital is the largest hospital of its kind in the country. It is situated on the western border of Baragwanath Hospital and contains 111 beds and the most modern and sophisticated equipment to detect and treat any kind of eye problem. St John Eye Hospital is considered a world leader in intra-ocular lens implantation in neonates and children. It has 3 fully equipped theatres, which are open 7 days a week and where an average of 4 000 operations are done.  This hospital handles approximately 70 000 patients annually.  

The Maternity Hospital is relatively new, as it was only built in the middle 70's.  There is an existing protocol for referring patients to this hospital, which include all patients suffering form maternal complications and older women.  We see and treat about 60 000 patients here per year.  Due to the complicated cases we receive we have a fairly high incidence of Caesarean Sections - ±30%. Referred cases are seen at the Ante Natal Clinic until time of confinement. 

Mulbarton Hospital
  25 True North Road
Tel:  +27 (0) 11 682 4300
Fax: +27 (0) 11 682 2391
  P O Box 1701
  Tel: +27 (0) 11 682 4392


Garden City Clinic. (Only 8 kms from this Guest House.)
  35 Bartlett Road,
Mayfair West,
Tel:  +27 (0)11 495 5000
Fax: +27 (0)11 495 5055
  P O Box 45175,
  Tel: +27(0)11 4955254


The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital is an accredited central hospital with 1088 beds serving patients from across the Gauteng province and neighboring provinces. It offers inpatient and specialist outpatient’s services mainly level 3 and level 2.

The hospital’s professional and support staff exceeds 4000 people. Support services are delivered through a mix of in-house, outsourced and other government agencies, e.g. maintenance through Public Works.

The hospital offers a full range of tertiary, secondary and highly specialized services. The costs of providing these services to the population of Gauteng Province and in addition to the neighbouring provinces are funded by a National Tertiary Services Grant as well as Provincial allocation. The hospital is located in Parktown and serves in theory as well as a referral hospital for a number of hospitals in its referral chain. The services are highly expensive, with unique specialist skills and are high tech which accounts for the cost per patient compared to primary health care centres.

The only public hospital in Gauteng to be acknowledged as the Best Public Hospital for four (4) consecutive years from 2003 to 2007 by the readers of a major publication, The Star.

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital has a private wing Folateng a Sotho name meaning “Place of healing”. Each ward gives the patient the quality and convenience of private health care with specialist physicians and cutting edge technology that only a long-established hospital has the capacity to offer.

The hospital is also the main teaching hospital for The University of the Witwatersrand, faculty of Health Sciences. The institution provides the service base for undergraduate and post-graduate training in all area of health professions. The joint staff produces world-class research and collaborates with several universities in the continent and abroad.

The Johannesburg Hospital School is situated inside the hospital where learners well enough to leave the wards go to classes. This reduces feelings of depression and normalizes their stay in the hospital.

  • Tel number: 011 488 4911
  • Please note - Visiting Hours:
    Our visiting hours are Monday to Sunday 15h00 to 17h00 – no more evening visiting hours from 15 June 2008.  For any extra-ordinary requirements, arrangements should be made with the Ward Unit Manager and Security.
  • The Johannesburg Hospital is an academic hospital. No walk-in patients will be seen . All patients need to be referred.
    Only Priority 1 and 2 patients will be seen at the Johannesburg Hospital.
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SOUTH RAND HOSPITAL (Only 6 kms from this Guest House.)

Private Bag X1

Tel: (011) 435 0022
Fax: (011) 435 0038

Transfers & Cabs

Gold Reef Cabs.
Airport transfers - Johannesburg ( O.R. Tambo) International to city ...........R350.00 one way.

James Hall Transport Museum

Founded in 1964 the Museum of Transport is a historical collection of vintage land transportation vehicles used in South Africa, dating back to the early 19th century.

ANIMAL-DRAWN VEHICLES: The museum has many animal drawn vehicles on display, including the popular two-seater Cape cart. Lots of ox-wagons, and of course the infamous Voortreker wagon are among the museum's more interesting vintage vehicles from the 19th century.

STEAM-POWERED VEHICLES: By the 20th century a wide variety of steam-powered vehicles were to be seen clunking about the country, including buses, tractors, wagons, and of course, most importantly, steam trains.

DIESEL / ELECTRICAL / PETROL VEHICLES: Electric trolley buses were quite popular in the larger cities. (Just up the road in Rosettenville you will find a street named Tramway).

MOTORCYCLES / BICYCLES / TRICYCLES: Examples of penny farthings, and the wooden "boneshaker", and a tandem bicycle built for two can be found in the East Hall.

FIRE ENGINES: The museum also houses a beautiful collection of vintage fire trucks and other fire-fighting equipment.

MOTOR CARS: The North Hall exhibits the history of the automobiles in South Africa, going back to the days of solid rubber tyres.

TRAMS: The history of trams in South Africa began with the horse-drawn tram. Electric trams were also very popular, running in Johannesburg until 1961.

LOCATION: - located across the road from Turfontein Race Track - Pioneers' Park, Rosettenville Road La Rochelle

HOURS: Open Tuesdays to Sundays 09:00-17:00

ENTRANCE FEE: - free! TEL: - (011) 435 9718

South African War Museum


The South African National Museum of Military History, situated in Johannesburg in the Province of Gauteng, is the only museum of its kind in South Africa. It provides a nucleus of Museum and military history expertise in southern Africa.

During the First World War (1914 - 1918) many of the belligerent nations went to great lengths to collect and preserve the role of their soldiers during that conflict. At the conclusion of the war, Britain established by statute the Imperial War Museum as a memorial to the effort and sacrifice made by the men and women of the Empire during the war. South Africa had played a role during that war on the side of the Allies. However, the state neglected to preserve a record of this role in the form of a museum and, unfortunately, much of the material heritage relating to this period was dispersed.

This failure was recognized because in 1940, shortly after South Africa's entry in to the Second World War (1939 - 1945) Capt J Agar-Hamilton was appointed official historian of the Union Defence Forces. Capt Agar-Hamilton then formed an Historical Research Committee to ensure the preservation of documents and materials of military interest, therefore laying the foundation for the eventual establishment of a museum. The state also took the decision to create an official war art programme and, throughout the war, seven official war artists were appointed to the battlefronts where South Africans served. Together they produced a collection of around 850 works of art which also serve as an important source of reference to the country's role in the war.

The new museum, which became known as the South African National War Museum, was officially opened by the then Prime Minister of South Africa, Field Marshal J C Smuts on 29 August 1947, 60 years ago. At the opening ceremony, Smuts stated the following:

"...We are gathered here today to open what may not unfairly be looked upon as a memorial to the greatest united effort our country has ever been called upon to produce. Memorials, of course, have more than one use. They serve to remind us of what is past, of great deeds of heroism and sacrifice; they also serve as a pointer, and sometimes as a warning to the future.
It is in these senses that the South African War Museum may be regarded as a Memorial. It will remind us, I hope, not only of the part we played in the recent great struggle to save civilization, but also of the horrors, the loss of life and the devastation, and serve as a warning to us to create a world in which we shall never have to use again the weapons of death and destruction we see here today, or those dreadful weapons to follow them..."

He was referring to South Africa's participation in the Second World War and had pinpointed the raison d'etre of the Museum.

In 1975 the Museum's name was changed to the South African National Museum of Military History and its scope was expanded to include the history of all military conflict in which South Africans have played a part. Displays have changed over the years, new buildings have been added and, while preserving the military history of South Africans for generations to come, the Museum also serves as a popular and unusual venue for conferences and other functions.

The Museum is also regarded as the spiritual and a symbolic home for regular and reserve soldiers and veterans in South Africa and throughout the world. A number of veterans organizations view the Museum as their headquarters.

The Museum's collection of more than 44 000 items are divided into 37 separate categories and include the official South African war art (mentioned above) and photograph collections. The aviation collection contains some of the rarest aircraft in the world. For example, the Me 262 B-1a/U1 on display is the only night fighter version of this aircraft still in existence. Other categories cover such diverse fields as ordnance, armoured fighting vehicles, medals, uniforms, small arms, edged weapons, barrack & camping equipment, rations, religion, gifts & comforts, military music, graves & memorials, military insignia, communications, medicine, propaganda and vexillology, to name a few.

The Museum library has a unique collection of books, journals and archival material. Interviews are regularly conducted in the library as part of an ongoing oral history collection project. In this way, it ensures that previously unrecorded experiences of ordinary servicemen and women are preserved for posterity.

All the collections are curated and researched by graduates with many years of accumulated knowledge and expertise. Displays not only reflect historical aspects but also illustrate technological development in warfare. Two historic Bellman Hangars house a variety of thematic displays such as the Anglo-Zulu War, the Anglo-Boer War, South Africa's role in the First and Second World Wars, resistance movements such as Umkhonto-we-Sizwe, medicine in war, the development of combat uniforms and equipment, the development of firearms, resistance to war, and so on.

Some 80 000 visitors attend the Museum each year. The South African National Defence Force sends over thirty groups to the Museum a year and, on average, 162 schools visit the Museum annually. The Museum is responsible for the provision of exhibits and their curation at the Delville Wood Commemorative Museum in France.

The Museum is a component of the Northern Flagship Institution as well as being a member of the South African Museums Association, the International Council of Museums, the International Association of Museums of Arms and Military History, The Ordnance Society and the South African Association for the Conference Industry. The Friends of the SA National Museum of Military History support the Museum in a number of ways while the South African Military History Society is an affiliate of the Museum. A number of other organizations such the South African Arms and Ammunition Collectors Association, the South African Arms and Armour Society, the Johannesburg Branch of the International Plastic Modellers Society and the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Association are also considered stakeholders in the Museum.


Daily from 09.00 to 16.30 (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day)


Adults R22.00
Pensioners R11.00
Scholars with programme R11.00
All other children R11.00
For the Aim Show weekend R50,00 per person and per high school learner


The Museum is situated in Erlswold Way in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold adjacent to the Johannesburg Zoo and close to the recreational area of Zoo Lake. It is easily accessible by road from the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vaal Triangle and a number of bus routes pass close by. There is ample parking for the motorist.

Contact details 52090
Saxonwold, 2132
Tel: +27 011 646 5513
Fax: +27 011 646 5256

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo was established in 1904, and historically, it has been owned and operated by the CITY OF JOHANNESBURG. Recently, the Johannesburg Zoo was registered as a Section 21 (non-profit) company.

The core business of the Johannesburg Zoo is the accommodation, enrichment, husbandry and medical care of wild animals. The Johannesburg Zoo contributes to the quality of life of the citizens of the city through the following:

  • Education: Look after the environment, it is the only one we’ve got. This message is spread through numerous awareness programmes, edutainment, as well as smell, hear, touch and feel programmes held throughout the year. The Zoo is the epicentre for the ‘living sciences’. We encourage teachers and parents to bring their pupils and children to the zoo to bring environmental subjects to life . Night tours are a must.

For all tours, school programs, holiday programs, and youth clubs, please visit the education centre.

  • Conservation: Zoos work with the trees while Parks work with the forest. This governs the relationship with the environment, global co-operation, endangered species preservation and wildlife environmental protection and rehabilitation. In partnership with local, provincial national and regional conservation authorities, private landowners and NGO’s, the Zoo contributes to conservation in various ways.

  • Research: Problem solving to improve the stability of wildlife. This is achieved through biological conservation, animal diseases information and medical care given to animals. The Zoo contributes to research in three main ways – own research, academic research and partnership research.

  • Recreation: Bringing a world of wildlife to your doorstep. Relaxation in a clean, green environment, a safe and healthy family recreational venue to spend quality time in an interesting and fun way. Accessible and affordable, the Zoo is the City of Johannesburg’s world of wildlife on your doorstep.

Day Safaris
  • Ferry tours – for schools, birthday parties, toddler groups, senior citizens – for any kind of group. It is a guided tour on a tractor and trailer system for 90 minutes

  • Groups of 15 or more are accommodated

  • Fees for tours include entrance and parking

  • R85-00 pp from 3 and older

  • Booking and payment in advance

MTN Nasrec Expo Centre

The exhibition industry in South Africa has much to be proud of, in that this multi-purpose venue has dedicated exhibition facilities that are the largest in Africa. The Expo Centre can offer over 42 000 square meters of covered space, and an additional 80 000 square meters of outdoor, multi purpose space. All this is accessible from multiple entrances, with all infrastructural requirements being provided, such as banking facilities, telecommunication services, five star in house catering facilities, and ample and secure parking for up to 20 000 vehicles.

Lusito Land Festival

It's that time of the year again! From April 21 until May 2, 2011 Lusito Land, Gauteng's most exciting festival, is turning it up - hotter than ever! Feel the heat with the country's most sizzling musicians as they play hit music that will keep you on your feet, all day and all night. And taste the heat with the best Portuguese food around, from daring peri peri chicken to irresistible garlic prawns.

Utterly unmissable, Lusito Land is an extravaganza of wild colour, Portuguese folk dancing, top local artists, fun fair rides and mouthwatering food and wine, celebrated at leisure under an African sky with friends and family. You can't beat the heat so get into the carnival feeling and indulge in the taste of Portugal at the Lusito Land Festival situated at Wemmer Pan, Turf Road, La Rochelle. Open from 10h00 till 23h00 on Weekends, Public Holidays and Tue 26 April as well as from 17h00 till 22h00 on Weekdays.

Hosted by the Lusito Association, a non-profit organization, for mentally and physically challenged.

Ticket prices: Adults - R50.00. Under 12 and senior citizen - R20.00

China Town/Mall Chinese Flea Market.

China Mall is, as its name suggests, a place where one can buy Chinese items. These range from Chinese fans through to kitchenware, tools, artificial flowers, sports equipment, clothing (including illegal knock-offs), jewellery and electronic equipment. And the kitchen sink!

Many people from neighbouring countries, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Nambia, Zimbabwe and Mocambique (and even further afield) come here to stock up on supplies to sell in their native countries. A fair amount of South Africans based in smaller centres also make their way here to stock up for their spaza shops, the name for local stores in South Africa.

There are dozens of smaller shops in the centre, and most of these specialise in one or other thing. Also located in the general geographic area are two other big centres with similar shops. On the corner of Main Reef Road and Park Street is Dragon City, and China Mart is south off Main Reef Road and signposted from Main Reef Road. Ask for directions from any of the store assistants or the security people at the gate.

One should not expect to buy African items here. It is the "China Mall".

I generally purchase party items, small gifts for conferences and workshops like fans and torches, small appliances for home (one offs), stationery and fashion jewellery. I also buy my stockings here.

The reason that I thought to add this tip at this time is because I am on my way there now to purchase a desk lamp and some torches. I will see what other lighting delights I'm tempted into while I am there. I need some permanent charge lights for the various rooms of my house for power failures and ... :-)

Buying in bulk and buying one offs have two very different price structures. Check with the assistant which is the price that is marked. Stock price is the bulk price. Individual prices are up to double the stock price.

Cnr Main Reef & Production Roads, Crown Mines


Johannesburg is South Africa’s premier destination as it is the commercial and economic core of the country. Dubbed ‘the City of Gold’ by the early settlers, Johannesburg has continued to thrive and develop at an unbelievable rate and is renowned for its excellent and efficient amenities and services. Finding something enjoyable to do in this multi-cultural city is not difficult at all as Johannesburg has a plethora of exciting activities waiting to be discovered.

One of the more pleasant sojourns to embark upon during your visit is a guided tour of the country’s public broadcaster – the SABC, or the South African Broadcasting Commission. Located in Auckland Park in the Johannesburg CBD, the SABC is where the nation’s finest television and radio programmes are produced and aired. Members of the public can look forward to an insightful and fun-filled tour that not only gives you a comprehensive overview of the SABC’s corporate structure, but also takes you into many of the on-site production areas. This is especially thrilling as visitors can catch an up close glimpse of their favourite disc jockeys in action in the Radio Studios.

Other places of interest that are scheduled on the tour includes the Media Library, where over 60 000 CDs are stored, the Technical Museum, where visitors can look at the fascinating history of television and radio in South Africa, and of course the Television Production Studios where many popular game shows and soapies are pre-recorded. One of the favourite areas on a tour of the SABC is the Mock Studio where guests get the wonderful privilege of presenting a show in a simulated, but professional setting.

Where: Artillery Road, Auckland Park, Johannesburg 

Telephone: +27 (0)11 714-3744 or +27 (0)11 714-4625

Kruger National Park : South Africa Safari

Welcome to the definitive Kruger National Park Safari and Lodge Guide!

Kruger National Park : South Africa Safari

Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife. Enjoy thrilling game drives and walking safaris – find out what it is like to be close to a pride of Lion, feel the excitement and intensity of a South African safari in Kruger National Park.

Enjoy an affordable holiday at these self-catering cottages, guesthouses, bungalows, chalets and huts with basic amenities. Game drives and bush walks with Kruger Park rangers can be booked at an additional cost. Enjoy the flexibility of providing your own food supplies and cooking meals in your unit or alternatively having meals at the restaurant/cafeteria of the Rest Camp.

Krugersdorp Game Reserve

Departs From: Gold Reef Place - Johannesburg Duration: 12 Hours Departure Dates: Daily Early departure time given upon reservation. Routing: Johannesburg - Krugersdorp Game Reserve - Johannesburg Excludes: Lunch Price Per Person (1/11/10-31/07/11): ZAR1000.00

Krugersdorp Game Reserve, Gauteng

The habitat is mainly grassveld with small dams and reedbeds at the northern-most end. The vast areas of open grassland in the reserve provide the visitor the opportunity to observe many of the grassland species of Gauteng. West of Johannesburg, on the outskirts of the suburban area, is the Krugersdorp Game Reserve, which, although relatively small, boasts enough wildlife to satisfy any tourist's hankering for an African experience.

The Reserve is a little more than 40 minutes drive from central Johannesburg. To reach it drive west out of Krugersdorp towards Rustenburg on the R24. Watch for signposts indicating the Reserve on the right hand side. A densely wooded valley runs through the reserve and includes a selection of bushveld birds. Approximately 200 species have been recorded. There is a good network of roads and walking is not permitted, so one has to bird from the car.

The reserve has several different habitats including grassland, rocky outcrops and forest, which allow it to sustain a variety of game including buffalo, hippo, zebra, girffe and numerous antelope. There are also some lions in a separate enclosure. Day and night game drives are offered. 

In the Krugersdorp Game Reserve (area 1400ha/500ac) visitors can get some impression of what the Witwatersrand must once have looked like. Among the game to be seen here are giraffes, rhinos, elands, blue wildebeests, kudus, buffaloes, impalas and baboons. A particular attraction is the 200ha/500ac lion enclosure.

The Krugersdorp reserve, only a 40-minute drive from Johannesburg, is one of the most visited reserves in the Transvaal. There are a number of short hiking trails in the reserve.