turbine hall of is one of the venues in the forum company portfolio of iconic properties and is situated in the heart of the Johannesburg inner city. This year we celebrate World Tourism Day (WTD) by recommending getting out and about to explore the city we love and affectionately call Jozi . Calling all travellers, tourists and explorers … read on to discover why Adventures are the best way to learn (anon).
A walking tour is a great way to discover more about the history and culture of Johannesburg, plus you get to enjoy the brilliant Highveld climate and work towards your 10 000 steps. These excursions are not too physically challenging but we do recommend comfortable shoes, high factor sunscreen, a sun hat , sunglasses and water bottle.
Explore the city centre by visiting the famous Carlton Centre - the tallest commercial building in Africa, towering 223m high. The topmost floor is known as the Top of Africa and offers a panoramic view of the city, the suburbs and beyond. The Carlton Centre complex was once home to the five-star, 30-storey Carlton Hotel (now closed and empty) which was the prime hot-spot and hosted many famous faces such as Former United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former President of France François Mitterrand, Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and singers Whitney Houston and Mick Jagger.
When you are on the 50th floor viewing deck you will spot another landmark the Ponte Tower, an example of the brutalist architectural movement which enjoyed momentum during 1950’s to the mid 1970’s. This building dominates the Johannesburg skyline with its modernist structure and the South African psyche, with its reputation of urban decay. However this perception can be overturned by taking a walking tour through this misunderstood residential building. Learn more about the location, history and context - illustrating the complicated journey from grand opulence to urban decay - to what is is now - a functional residential building with a bar called 5101 on the 51st floor. What a spot for the perfect sundowner!
The Nelson Mandela Bridge is a relative newcomer to the Johannesburg skyline, having been completed in 2003, but is a popular landmark with an important symbolic meaning . The bridge is named after Nelson Mandela and represents his crucial role in connecting society previously divided by apartheid. The bridge is an impressive 295 meters wide and is the largest cable-stayed bridge in Southern Africa. The bridge connects Braamfontein and Newtown creating a convenient and safe artery between the two neighbourhoods.
Every night the bridge is lit up - so make a date to get an eyeful of one of Johannesburg’s really striking attractions and hang out in two of Jozi’s most trendy areas.