Cape Town - Walk the trendy city of Johannesburg this festive season and beat the backseat blues.
Holiday time in South Africa is the best time to enjoy your freedom and the smaller gifts in life.
One great gift many travellers rarely take into consideration is the ability to move their feet and actually use them to get around.
Venture into the new year with an open mind, a will to explore and a lust for Joburg's many hidden gems!
1. Walking Hillbrow (+/- 3.5 - 4 hours)
If you love the hustle and urban bustle of Johannesburg - you will find this inner city adventure through the coolest thing on earth.
Travel through Yeoville, Hillbrow and Berea - areas which many consider dangerous - and break down some stereotypes. The area has wonderful local guides willing to take you through these awesome suburbs if you're prepared to have your mind opened with a view on migrant life.
Drink, eat and dance with the locals while exploring street art, graffiti and Ponte life.
2. Bergheim Holiday Resort walk (+/- 3 hours)
There are several trail options giving many the opportunity to take in the wonders of Magaliesberg.
The longest walks are eight kilometres long, which make for great day outings around the gorge to a gorgeous rock pool. If you choose to stay over at the resort, opt to have an after-walk braai in the Magalies.
3. Uitkyk trail (4 hours)
This is quite a demanding nine-kilometre walk in the Magaliesberg reserve. The steep trail takes you to a waterfall and overlooks the Hartbeespoort Dam.
4. Alexandra Township (+/- 2 hours)
Walk the township streets of Alexandra, one of the oldest townships in Gauteng. Parts of the trip is taken in Kombis or buses. There are various stops which allow you to see the tough world of the squatter immigrants, the vibrancy of Pan Africa and life over the Jukskei.
5. Stepping out to Freedom from Constitution Hill (+/- 3 hours)
Explore the land from Constitution Hill with a walk down Hospital Hill through Braamfontein.
The historic stroll overlooks the city of Gold passes the local mortuary and the town's first medical school. You really can feel the heartbeat of the city on the walk.
6. Jozi by foot (+/- 5 hours)
Starting at from Gandhi Square, venture through unusual city spots like the Mai Mai Traditional Healers Market, Main street and the beyond. 5 hours. See where history and modernity collide in Johannesburg and learn about the city then and now.