Red open-top tourist buses to be launched in Jo’burg

Johannesburg will further enhance its reputation as a destination for thosw on South Africa holidays when an instantly-recognisable mode of tourist transport is launched in the city in 2013.

Gauteng’s economic development department has confirmed the iconic open-top red tourist bus will begin operating in South Africa’s largest city in January, ioL travel reports.

While the bus’s route is yet to be confirmed, it’s almost certain to take in ‘Jozi’s’ most iconic sites including Herman Eckstein Park, Market Theatre and the Apartheid Museum.

Government member Qedani Mahlangu confirmed that open-top bus services will begin shortly after Christmas, which coincides with South Africa’s summer, with temperatures averaging 26 degrees C.

“Tourists will soon be able to jump on an iconic red open top bus and explore some of the most famous tourist locations in Johannesburg,” the publication reported her as saying.

Ms Mahlangu went on to say that the buses will enable tourists to explore Jozi in a “safe and convenient way”, which she hopes will attract more international visitors to the city.

The red buses already operate in 100 cities spread across six continents, with on-board commentary available in 17 different languages.

Johannesburg’s reputation has an international destination has grown substantially in recent years, particularly after South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup in 2010, when the city hosted the lion’s share of the tournament.

Approximately three million people live in the city – the second largest in Africa – with its OR Tambo International the continent’s busiest airport.