Johannesburg’s ghost tours are particularly fascinating. This is a young city with a vivid and often violent history. The famed poisoner Daisy de Melker still walks the Supreme Court. And dozens of other unfortunates who suffered sudden death haunt mines, old buildings and graveyards.
There have been murders in Johannesburg to rival gangland Chicago in its heyday. Murders most foul indeed, and the historic Queen of Gore was the eerie-looking Daisy de Melker, who took to poisoning members of her family with strychnine to claim the insurance money on their deaths. They say she’s still running around the Supreme Court building where she was sentenced to die by the rope.
Then there are the ghosts of the Anglo-Boer War, in the form of dispossessed women, children and migrant workers. Then the ghosts of the apartheid-era, mostly from Soweto, who are all remembered in various museums across Gauteng.
WHO TO CONTACT
Mystery Ghost Bus Tours
Mobile: +27 (0) 79 193 7536
HOW TO GET HERE
Johannesburg is served by the O.R. Tambo International Airport. it can also be easily reached by bus, train or car.
The tour company supplies transportation.
WHAT WILL IT COST
Prices depend on the tour and tour company, but generally a tour lasting several hours will cost less than R300 per person.
The most famous country spook is the Uniondale hitchhiker. On a stormy night in 1968, an Air Force officer and his fiancée crashed in their Volkswagen Beetle just outside the town in the Kamanassie Mountains. He was badly hurt, she died instantly. Since then, people travelling the area on rainy nights have picked up a woman hitchhiker – who then simply disappears into the darkness again.