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Outings ideas


Educational outings

Sandton Library (Nelson Mandela Square) – Mon - Thur: 9am – 6pm/Fri: 9am – 5pm/Sat: 9am – 1pm

  • Membership card is free (learner needs proof of residence such as cellphone bill, principal or counselor's letter, and an ID document).

  • Access to computer, Wi-Fi and printing.

  • There is a space on the ground floor where you can write and quietly have career discussions.

  • Encourage your mentees to pick up a book (perhaps help them in the choosing process) and make them write a summary. They can return the book to the Alex Library.

  • Website: Sandton Library


Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Newtown, CBD)

  • Fully equipped walk-in service centre with experienced career development facilitators

  • Interactive science exhibition and career centre

  • Website: Sci-Bono


Adler Museum of Medicine (at Wits, Braamfontein/CBD)

  • The museum contains interesting and invaluable collections depicting the history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages

  • Address: Wits Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown

  • Website: Adler Museum


Zoology Museum (Wits, CBD)

  • Specimens exhibited in finely crafted teak cabinets, allowing for up-close examination

  • First floor, Old Education Building, Wits East Campus (opposite the Oppenheimer Life Science Building)

  • Website: Zoology Museum

Johannesburg Observatory (next to Wits)

  • Interactive science awareness facility with a specific focus on astronomy and engineering

  • Last Friday of every month there is a talk and telescope show

  • Website: Johannesburg Observatory

Cullinan Diamond Mine Tour (north of Pretoria)

  • Surface and underground tours of the working mine.

  • Website: Cullinan Tours           




Exploring Johannesburg

Neighbourgoods Market (Braamfontein)


Maboneng Precinct (CBD)

  • Enjoy the best of Johannesburg’s arts and culture offerings

  • Vibrant Sunday markets

  • Website: Maboneng Precinct


Guided city walks in Johannesburg 


City Sightseeing

  • Hop on Hop Off Double decker bus around the CBD as well as the Apartheid Museum and Soweto

  • Website: City Sightseeing


The Origins Centre (Wits)

  • Explore what it means to be human through fascinating art, heritage and science exhibits

  • Extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute

  • Website: The Origins Centre


Liliesleaf National Heritage Site (Rivonia)

  • A heritage site honouring South Africa’s liberation movement, with guided tours and exhibits

  • Website: Liliesleaf Tours


Apartheid Museum (south of the CBD)

  • Learn more about the effects of apartheid and the changes that were brought by the new dispensation

  • Experience learning about history through playing games, singing songs, creating artwork and dancing

  • Website: Apartheid Museum

Constitution Hill (Braamfontein, CBD)

  • The home of the Constitutional Court and site of Johannesburg’s notorious Old Fort Prison Complex, where thousands of ordinary people were brutally punished before the rise of democracy in 1994, including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

  • Website: Constitution Hill


Johannesburg Art Gallery (Joubert Park CBD)

Museum Africa (Newtown, CBD)

  • Social and cultural history museum and temporary exhibitions.

  • Website: Museum Africa


SAB World of Beer Museum (Newtown, CBD)


Lindfield Victorian House (Auckland Park, close to CBD)


James Hall Museum of Transport

Art Galleries 

Artist Proof Studio (Newtown, CBD)

  • Production and selling facility of printing art

  • Located at 3 President Street,

  • Tel: 011 492 1278 / Weekdays: 9am - 4pm | Saturdays 10am – 3pm

  • Website: Artist Proof Studio


Bag Factory (Newtown, CBD)

  • Artist studios with a gallery space for exhibitions. Next to the Bag Factory is Mark Attwood's studio (lithograph printing facility)

  • Located at 10 Mahlathini Street, Newtown

  • Tel: 011 834 9181 | Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

  • Website: Bag Factory


Standard Bank Art Gallery (CBD)


Absa Art Gallery (CBD)

  • Exhibitions of up-and-coming artists and permanent art collections

  • Located at 160 Main Street, Ground Floor, Absa Towers North

  • Tel: 011 350 5139 | Hours: Mon - Fri, 9:30am to 3:30pm

  • Website: Absa Art Gallery



Alexandra Heritage Centre

  • A small display on the history of the township and its music – lots of pictures and videos.

  • Located at 4694 Hofmeyr St – next to a house Nelson Mandela once lived in


Alexandra Bicycle Tours

  • Includes a visit to a local shebeen, the first primary school in Alexandra and Nelson Mandela's house.  

  • Website: Alexandra Bicycle Tours



Bike Tour in the historic heart of Soweto

  • Two hours: Workers' hostel · Meadowlands · Site of the 1976 student uprising · Hector Pieterson Memorial · Mandela's former home · Local shebeen

  • Four hours: includes a meal 

  • After the bike tour, you can eat at Sakhumzi Restaurant, next to Desmond Tutu’s former home, at the historic Vilakazi Street, and visit the Nelson Mandela museum in the same street or the June 1976 museum nearby

  • Website: Soweto Bicycle Tours



Sci-enza Centre

  • Science and Technology museum

  • Located at the University of Pretoria, open Mon-Fri

  • Website: Sci-enza Centre


Ditsong Museum

  • A skeleton museum with fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. 

  • Website: Ditsong Museum


Sammy Marks Museum

  • The 48-room Victorian mansion with its lush gardens and tennis courts originally belonged to 19th century agricultural, industrial and mining tycoon Sammy Marks, who lived there with his wife Bertha and their nine children.

  • Website: Sammy Marks Museum


Sports and Adventure

Acrobranch (Melrose) - Book your thrilling experience at Acrobranch adventures


Xtreme Bowling (280 Corlett Dr, close to St Mary’s) - Book a fun bowling session at Xtreme Bowling


Escape Room (Norwood and Randburg) - Solve an enigma to get out of a room. Book at The Escape Room


Canoeing (Emmarentia Dam, Greenside) – Book your canoe ride at Dabulamanzi


Gajiga Run (Randburg) - Run on inflatables. Book at Gajiga Run  


Ice skating (Northgate Mall) – Skate to your heart’s content to music at The Ice Rink


Indoor Rock Climbing (Randburg) – Explore the mountaineer in you at City Rock


Bungee jump free-fall (Orlando Towers in Soweto) - Also available are power swing, paintballing and rock climbing. Book at Orlando Towers


Wild Cave Adventures (Cradle of Humankind)

  • Go in on a rope through the roof of the cave and enjoy a 1.5-hour trip by torchlight inside the cave.

  • 3+ hours from dressing to abseiling to adventuring to exiting on the other side

  • Must be a group of 10

  • Website: Wild Cave Adventures

Exploring human origins. Website - Cradle of Humankind

  • Maropeng Museum is a must-see for school learners.  Website: Maropeng

  • Sterkfontein Caves

  • Rhino & Lion Wildlife Conservation

  • Nirox Sculpture Park – temporary exhibitions in a beautiful park. Website: Nirox Sculpture Park

  • The Cradle Game Reserve. Website: Cradle Game Reserve



  • Melville Koppies – Two-hour guided tours on Sunday mornings of the natural scenery as well as archaeologic remains. Website: Melville Koppies

  • Kliprivier Nature Reserve (close to Southgate, 10 km south of CBD). Website:  Kliprivier Reserve

  • Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve (near Heidelberg, one hour from Johannesburg). Website:  Suikerbosrand Reserve

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