fun things to do with kids in gauteng south africa   Travel for Kids
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    Johannesburg – A common arrival city, and jumping off point, Johannesburg (or Jozi to locals) has a newly remodeled and modern airport. Most families, unless visiting someone in Johannesburg, are likely to pass by the city core on their way to sights outside the city or other parts of South Africa. Here's a several things worth seeing in the suburbs:
      Apartheid Museum – An experience for older kids, this museum will provide a first hand experience of apartheid. Before you enter the museum visitors are arbitraritly classified as "white" or "non-white" and must enter through the appropriate entrance. Plus exhibits about the immigrant history of Johanneseburg, racial segregation, protests, and finally democratic elections. Closed on Mondays.
      Gold Reef City – Near to the museum is a small amusement park with a gold theme. Take an underground gold mine tour, pan for gold, and learn about the history of gold in Johannesburg. The theme park also has roller coaster rides, animal farmyard, dance and music performances.
African masks
    African Craft Market (Rosebank) – Located in the suburb of Rosebank, this is a great place for kids to buy arts and crafts from all over Africa – masks, clothing, beaded dolls, jewellry, wooden carvings. Open daily.
    Cradle of Humankind – Designated a World Heritage Site, this area is where thousands of fossils, some more than 3 million years old, have been excavated.
      Maropeng Visitor Centre – Hands-on exhibits of the earliest history of humans and formation of the earth, check out stone age tools, find out about how humans learned to use fire and developed language.
     

Sterkfontein Caves – Take a tour through the caves where hominid (early human) fossils and other animal bones were found. Cave tours run every half hour, daily. There is also an exhibit with dioramas of early humans, and all about the "Mrs Ples" skull and "Little Foot" Australopithecus skeleton. Tip: The cave tour involves some walking, and is best for kids 4 and up.

    Lesedi Village – Lesedi Village is a living "museum" of five different South African tribes – Zulus, Ndebele, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi. Kids will enjoy a traditional meal, music and communal dancing, and you can also stay overnight in traditional style accommodations (with modern conveniences). One parent writes, "My daughter loved it all."
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