As you know I’m a huge fan of the city & when I saw that Jozi’s red hop on-hop off bus was launching it hit me then that we didn’t have one. Ok so I never missed it but it is awesome to have finally them roaming our gorgeous streets.
All on board…
We checked the route map online & caught the bus at stop #8 (the mining district), a mere 200 meters from our apartment! As we stood & waited we couldn’t help but wonder if the bus would operate on “African time” but just as we made the joke we could see the bus come on in the distance. Impressed, we hopped on greeted by a super friendly driver who handed us earphones & we took our seats in the best seats in the house – upstairs & right in front. I recommend you slap on some sunscreen, it gets hot up there!
I heart these streets!
People queuing to hop on
I’ve lived in Jozi CBD for 18 months now & even though I drive through the streets almost every day, this was so different to just be able to relax & take in the views without being on a mission to get somewhere & navigate traffic. There are 12 stops with a bus every 40 minutes & you can get off & back on at of the stops any along the routes if you want to explore as the ticket is valid for a full 24 hours. Be sure to check out their timetables.
The commentary is excellent & provides key details that’s relevant to both locals & tourists alike. As we passed by Luthuli House, the Civic Centre, Home Affairs & the Miners Monument, I was also reminded of the history of our city & country & just how far we have come. Stops you can look forward on the route include Gandhi Square, Roof of Africa at the Carlton Centre, the James Hall Transport Museum (I had no idea about this place), Apartheid Museum and Gold Reef City, Mining District, World of Beer, Carlton, Santarama Miniland (also new to me), Newtown Precinct, Origins Centre, Wits Campus in Braamfontein and Constitution Hill.
I never get tired of the classic Nelson Mandela bridge shot
Soccer City in the distance. Let’s not forget the magic that was the Soccer World Cup 2010!
One of the stops is the Gautrain station so its super convenient for you to come into town & hop onto the bus. The Jozi hop on-hop off bus is an amazing addition to our city & I hopped off the bus feeling really proud of Jozi & a little more in love in with her than before (I didn’t think it was possible either).
The tours start from 9am daily, seven days a week. Tickets cost R150 a person, discounted to R120 if bought online. Kids under 5 can travel for free & kids under 16 pay just R70. Huge thanks to City Sightseeing South Africa for our tickets – such a different way to spend an afternoon…
Go early & make a day of it!