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“Not as exciting as expected” 2 of 5 stars
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Mystery Ghost Bus Tour
Sunnyside Park Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa
27 (0) 79 193 7536
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Ranked #71 of 87 Activities in Johannesburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Not as exciting as expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

We have just been on this ghost bus tour. A group of 5 of us. Started out at the Sunnyside Hotel, where we boarded the bus. The tour operators were friendly, and the bus ride was pretty decent. However, yes the infamous "But" - it was not as exciting as we thought it would be. Now obviously we didn't really expect to see any ghost of any sort, but it was boring because this was just a bus ride around the Johannesburg area. We weren't allowed to entire the premises of any of the supposed "haunted" places so we had to listen to stories of them as we drove by them. We stopped at two pubs, one of which gave you the feel like you were back in the 20's and the other was very vibey - so that was our hi-light. The stories on the bus told by the recording was a bit exciting. The last stop was the dousing rods and cemetery in Bez Valley, but we just stood in a field making rods move, so not as exciting and at the cemetery, we stopped at the first two grave sites, and then left, that was it. Now i'm a sucker for a good ghost story, but this did not do it for me.

Visited July 2012
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Four of us went in Dec 2011. The fact that they are constantly fully booked may lead you to believe this is some amazing, ground-breaking experience but do not be fooled. If you don’t believe me do a quick Google search for more reviews on sites such as HelloPeter.

The “brains” behind the tour is an ex-stage artist and his band of miss-fits. The entire experience is badly organised (our bus got lost in Hillbrow around midnight – as a Joburger, this was the scariest part of the night!).

The experience amounts to driving around town and listening to either bad recordings of alleged ghost activity or one of the hosts reading some story off a piece of paper. It was all extremely theatrical and pathetic! The group does not have rights to enter any of the properties we visit so you stand outside a high wall or on the bus for endless hours. The tour is also advertised as part pub-crawl. The place where we went in the CBD was awful and badly stocked. Honestly though, even copious amounts of alcohol could not have made this night better.

We were “treated” on the night with the special experience of having the SA’s ghost-buster investigation group (I forget their name) join us and bring in their equipment for readings. Given how sensitive their equipment is to cell-phone signals and the fact that everyone was carrying phones I can’t take any of their findings seriously. It all felt like a bad joke complete with some morons jumping out of the bushes to scare us (yes, for real!).

The tour ends in the cemetery and I found the way the team acted there particularly disrespectful and in bad taste.

The night finally ended at 2:30am (NOT a typo!) some 7.5 hrs after it began!!! We were left cold, starving and fantasising how, if we come back as ghosts, we will haunt and torment these bunch!

Visited December 2011
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