Night life at Iyana Ipaja, Lagos

Welcome to the city that never sleeps. No wonder they say the life of the Lagosian is on the road!

This is Ọjà Alẹ́ (Night Market) and it is 10pm at Iyana Ipaja Bus Stop in Lagos State. I am here for fresh Ofio (tigernuts) and dates from Mallam Musa.

Iyana Ipaja in Yorùbá language means ‘the junction to Ipaja road’. Iyana Ipaja is a settlement community and also doubles as one of the busiest commercial hubs on Lagos mainland.

Soweto Towers Bungee Jumping [Video]

Soweto Towers - The Two Orlando Cooling Towers

Soweto Towers is one of our favourite affordable South African tourist attractions.

Bungee Jumping in Soweto

Soweto Towers bungee jumping has been on our list of things to do in Soweto for a while now. Unfortunately, we have not taken the plunge yet. The best we came to bungee jumping was to watch other people do it, as demonstrated by the video on this post. This bungee jumping video was taken at the Soweto Towers on a sunny Sunday in the winter of 2018.

One of Two Orlando Cooling Towers

One of the two towers, with a top view of the streets and houses in Soweto, Orlando East.

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Soweto Towers – Affordable Tourist Attractions

Soweto Towers bungee jumping

Soweto Towers is an affordable tourist attraction in South Africa. The towers were part of Orlando Power Station, which was a coal-fired power station in Soweto, a township based in the South of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Soweto Towers and Bungee Jumping

The power station was active for over 50 years. However, In 2008 the towers of the power station were transformed into a tourist attraction, with fun activities for thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. The activities offered within the 33-storey towers are:

  • Tower climb – R60 per person
  • 360 degree view of Soweto at the top of the Tower – R80
  • SCAD freefall – R400 per person
  • A 100 meter bungee – R550 per person

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Soweto Towers - The Two Orlando Cooling Towers
A bottom-up view of the two branded towers, with bungee jumping equipment in the middle.

Bibliography

Gauteng. 2018. Orlando Towers [Online]. Available on https://www.gauteng.net/attractions/orlando_towers

Soweto Towers. 2018. About [Online]. Available on http://sowetotowers.co.za/

Carlton Centre’s Top of Africa – Affordable Travel

A View Of Johannesburg From The Top Of Africa (50th Floor Of The Carlton Centre)

At a height of 223 meters and 50-storeys, the Carlton Centre in is the tallest building in Africa. 

The 50th floor of the Carlton Centre is called the Top of Africa and it is reserved for tourists interested in a 360 view of Johannesburg, the city of gold.

Entrance into the Carlton centre is R30 (~N800/ ~$3). This makes it one of the most affordable tourist attractions in Johannesburg. 

What will you see from the Top of Africa?

You will see the North, East, West and South of Johannesburg including FNB Stadium, old gold mines and Gandhi Square.

FNB Stadium/ “Calabash”/ Soccer City

FNB Stadium is the biggest stadium in Africa due to its seating capacity of over 87 400 seats. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Old gold mines along Gold Reef City

Johannesburg is fondly referred to as the City of Gold due to the discovery of gold back in the 1880’s. Gold Reef City is a tourist attraction with a theme park, casino, hotel and entertainment centre, and it offers several tours of old gold mines in Johannesburg.

Gandhi Square

Gandhi Square Gandhi Square is currently a central bus terminus for one of Johannesburg’s bus networks. The square is named after Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian leader and human rights activist.

You will also see the skylines of Braamfontein, Hillbrow and Sandton, and more

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Open: Weekdays and Weekends
Entrance to the Top of Africa: R30 per person, R20 per person for groups
Address: 150 Commissioner Street Johannesburg

The Carlton Centre is currently owned by Transnet, a state-owned integrated freight transport company. The topmost part of the outside building has the Transnet logo, while the lower floors have a shopping centre with several retails shops. The bottom part of the Carlton Centre is usually busy and crowded due to the retail shops in the centre.

If you are not a local, we recommend that you go to the Carlton Centre with a local tour guide.

Bibliography

Gauteng. 2018. Carlton Centre [Online]. Available on https://www.gauteng.net/attractions/carlton_centre 

Tsogo Sun. 2018. Jozi Story of Gold [Online]. Available on: https://www.tsogosun.com/gold-reef-city-casino/theme-park/jozis-story-of-gold

Stadium Management South Africa. 2018. FNB Stadium [Online]. Available on: http://www.stadiummanagement.co.za/stadiums/fnb/

James Hall Museum of Transport – Travel Johannesburg

James Hall Museum of Transport is a large and comprehensive museum of land transport, which was established in 1964 in Pioneer Park, Johannesburg.

There are several exhibition halls which display transport history, dating back more than a century. The museum makes for a great family trip and entry is free with no hidden costs.

Here are some of the things you will see at the James Hall Museum of Transport:

  • animal-drawn vehicles
  • bicycles and motorcycles
  • coaches, engines, and equipment
  • motor cars, steam-driven vehicles
  • trams and trolley buses

James Hall Transport Museum - More Classic Cars

James Hall Transport Museum – More Classic Cars

James Hall Transport Museum - Classic Car on display

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Fun read: Minibus taxis in Johannesburg, Gauteng