A Street View of Joburg
Experience Johannesburg from a different point of view by taking an inner city walking tour with Past Experiences to get a new and unique glimpse into the heart and soul of this weird and wonderful city.
With Past Experiences you can choose to take a public art tour or find out where Johannesburg got its name, travel back in history with a walk in the financial district or experience the city’s rich history with a photography tour. Opt to see the city through the eyes of Madiba with a tour of the streets he used to frequent. Or wind down after a long day of shopping with a pub crawl in the inner city. And this is just to name a few of the walking tours that Past Experiences has on offer!
See the colourful side of the grey cityscapes with this tour focusing on street art and graffiti in Jozi. With a wonderfully unique graffiti culture, Johannesburg boasts a myriad of artists who brighten up the city. Walk the streets while enjoying the art of local and international artists who have contributed to this unique industry.
Braamfontein, a part of the cultural hub of Johannesburg, encompasses Newtown, Constitution Hill and the Civic Centre and has a whole lot to see and do. This area has seen quite a bit of a revival over the last few years with a stunning range of accommodation, restaurants, galleries and shops. The “I ❤ Braamies Tour” relaxed stroll focuses on the past, present and future of this special inner city area. Take the tour on a Saturday morning and end at the Johannesburg Neighbourhood Goods Market where you can enjoy a scrumptious breakfast, shop at the wide variety of stalls or have a refreshing drink.
Newtown, the cultural precinct of inner Johannesburg, offers a fantastic experience for anyone. This beautiful and vibey area used to be a slum and housed Johannesburg’s biggest fruit and vegetable market. Take a tour to see what was and what the present day has on offer. A visit to Johannesburg’s leading Africana museum, Museum Africa, the Workers Museum (a tribute to migrant labour) and Sci-Bono (the largest science centre in Africa) is included in this walk.
See Egoli through the eyes of Madiba with this wonderful tour that follows Nelson Mandela’s experiences in the 1950′s and 1960′s. Visit his original law practise and the routes he walked on a daily basis. Learn more about the anti-apartheid leaders who spent time in the inner city including Oliver Tambo, Walter and Albertina Sisulu and many more. This tour is one of Jo Buitendach’s specialities, the company’s founder and expert of all that is Jozi, and it focuses on many of the aspects that she loves most about Johannesburg.
Take a leisurely stroll through the inner city and experience the public art of Johannesburg’s CBD. Enjoy art in the ever-changing cityscapes of the City of Gold, while getting a lesson in the history, present and future. Public art is open to everyone at any time and Past Experiences will take you on a tour to see the most of what the city has on offer. This is a walking tour, but you can also make use of public transport if you’re not up to walking.
This walking tour is ideal for any foodie and focuses on the history, culture and gourmet treats that the culturally rich area of Fordsburg has on offer. An even better idea is to take this tour on a Saturday afternoon and to visit the Fordsburg Market. Fordsburg is an area well-known for its diversity in culture, with people from all over the world congregating here. Come and experience a completely different side of South Africa.
Take a trip down memory lane with this exclusive tour of Joburg’s past and explore the city through historical photography. On this tour, you will also receive a booklet and disc with some of the best photographs of Joburg over the years, from the earliest days right up to the 1980’s. Visit some of the spots where these photos were taken and see how much the city has changed … and stayed the same.
You can also join Past Experiences for a Photography Safari, tailor-made to suit your needs and interests.
And if you need a place to stay in Johannesburg, TravelGround has you covered! With a selection of fine boutique hotels, guest houses, B&B’s and apartments throughout the city, we’ll make sure you’ll feel right at home in the City of Gold.
- Featured Image: The Devonshire Hotel via TravelGround.com
- Instagram Photos: Jo Buitendach, #PastExperiences.
- Establishment Photos via TravelGround.com.