It’s been months since the City Sightseeing Joburg Red Bus has been making it’s way around the city, and we finally decided to make an afternoon outing of it this past Saturday. I’m glad that my group of mom-friends suggested that we take the kids out – I’m done playing guilty-mom every time I see the ‘red bus’ on the highway!
The angle, a bit different though. It’s the BEST picnic that you’ll experience in Joburg, EVER!
We booked via the website and selected a 1-Day Pass which was R130 per adult. Two kids under 5 are allowed to travel free with one paying adult which meant that our kids were free (Win!). We even received a stash of vouchers which could be redeemed at the theme park, including R30 off each paying kid, and R50 off each adult. The payment process is simple, and ticket redemption can be done at Gold Reef City (the casino entrance). Although the weather report had estimated a 40% chance of rain, we decided to look outside, and go with it! There was always the option of sitting downstairs if it got a bit wet! Because the kids were fairly new to the concept, we chose to be seated on the top level. Apply sunblock, and carry a sun hat as it can get very warm with the direct sunlight on a warm day.
If you park at the casino, look out for the red bus sign near the main water feature. That is the starting point. You will receive a guide as well as ear phones (including a colouring book for the children).
You should be on the look out for that board throughout the trip (if you opt to jump off at all the stops). Because the group had very young kids, we decided not to jump off at any of the stops, and opted to stay on the bus, and have an open-air picnic!
Each mom was asked to bring something, in this way there were no duplicates, and there wasn’t pressure on anyone to bring a full spread. We had juice and drinks, including bottled water, assorted savouries, sweets (of course), packets of potato crisps and sweet French toast (cut into the cutest heart shapes).
My most favourite part was getting onto the highway. The city looks amazing!
Here’s a few images of what we saw on our trip.
Everyone knows the big Coca-Cola building, even the kids!
The kids were exhausted towards the end of the ride, and even asked to go home. If you opt to stay on, the entire trip is about 2 and a half hours. Alternate between sitting on the top and the bottom, so it doesn’t tire them out. Once the novelty of being on a bus has ended, there’s always the food to keep them busy.
Although they don’t understand much about the history or heritage, it’s a great way to explore the city, safely. It also makes for a great afternoon outing and a chance to relax while being driven around!
Be sure to tidy up and take a spare packet with for your dirt.
Website details: http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/joburg.php