Long gone is the notion that Johannesburg is not a tourist destination! The bustling City of Gold offers an exciting range of activities for all kinds of travellers and locals, whether your interest is in history, art, adventure or nature.
Riboville guests are welcome to book excursions to nearby attractions, which include visits to Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, The Cradle of Humankind, Monte Casino, and many more. Just a short drive from the hotel, guests can explore the colossal Mall of Africa, South Africa’s largest shopping centre, and an exhilarating dose of retail therapy!
Contact the Riboville reception team directly to enquire about one of the below activities, or please feel free to download the activity list for more information:
An extraordinarily powerful museum dedicated to South Africa’s darkest days. It documents the struggle for freedom, to ensure that younger South African’s don’t forget the sacrifices which were made on their behalf ….Featuring park-like surrounds, the Johannesburg Zoo offers a glimpse at over 3,000 animal species. Night-time tours are also offered, giving a fascinating show of the nocturnal behaviour of many residents. ‘Behind-the-scenes’ tours offer a chance to witness first-hand, the goings-on in a typical zoo such as the feeding and cleaning routines the public seldom see. Childrens’ birthday parties are hosted (book in advance) and a restaurant/tea garden is open during all normal visiting hours. An approximate time of four hours is required in order to view all the exhibits.
A veritable showcase of the horticultural industry of South Africa, this nursery is far above average. Show gardens, imported ceramics, tea gardens and restaurants as well as numerous other retail stores ensure that there is something for everyone. Wrought iron and steelwork furniture and topiary structures are always on show. This centre is nirvana for anyone interested in gardening or outdoor living. A miniature farm and a playpen for the kids ensure that everyone has something to do. Train rides are also popular with the children. There is no entry fee.
Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Rivonia, Johannesburg is Liliesleaf. Once the nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa’s foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honoured.
Liliesleaf has always been a place of dialogue. In the early 1960’s, when the property was the headquarters for covert, underground activities and a safe house for many leading figures of the liberation movement, debates on political and military policy and strategy were commonplace. People from diverse backgrounds but with a common vision met here to discuss South Africa’s emancipation from an oppressive apartheid regime. Today Liliesleaf is a repository for those
Montecasino first opened its doors on 30 November 2000 and expanded in May 2007 with the addition of the open air Piazza and Teatro. Montecasino’s Piazza, which is slightly smaller than a rugby field and modeled on a typical Italian piazza features several restaurants where visitors can dine al fresco, and enjoy the mesmerizing musical fountain displays. More Facilities include a Casino, Restaurants, and Coffee Shops; Nightclub and Comedy Club; Food court with Fast Food outlets; 2 theatres; Montecasino Bird Gardens with a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world; a 15 cinema complex; the ABSA Balloon offers panoramic views of Johannesburg.
Located at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, Museum Africa carries a variety of exhibits, most of which pertain to the rich history of Africa. Of special interest is the display of historic works of art, which will give you an insight into an artist’s impression of the Anglo-Boer War. Geological specimens, paintings, prints, photographs and numerous objects from all corners of Southern Africa are also on display. In order to fully appreciate the collection, it is best to allow at least a couple of hours for the visit.
World-famous for their astounding tricks, the South African Lipizzaners perform the same routines and create the same breathtaking stunts as the original Viennese teams. The riders of these white horses never fail to thrill. Depending on the time of year, lucky visitors may also be able to take in a day at the Sappi Horse Trials ground where horses of a different calibre take their chances at cross-country eventing. All situated within walking distance of one another, these venues form the unofficial heart of ‘horse-land’ in Johannesburg. Shows only at 10h30am on Sundays
Soweto is the most populous black urban residential area in South Africa, with Census 2001 putting its population at 896 995. It is a city which was developed as a township for black people under the apartheid system. Most of the struggle against apartheid was fought in and from Soweto. Visit the Regina Mundi Church, Sharpeville Memorial Site and past president Nelson Mandela’s home. Thanks to its proximity to Johannesburg, the economic hub of the country, it is also the most metropolis township in the country – setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language.