Join one of the walking tours in Joburg and see your favourite city from a different perspective.
Forget open-top buses and minivans, the best way to see Johannesburg is the authentic way: on foot. Whether you’re a Joburg resident or just looking to show some foreign friends the sights, book yourself on a walking tour and enjoy the opportunity to see this beautiful city from the ground.
Past Experiences sells itself as the “original Joburg walking-tour company” and it’s all about letting the unknown become the well-known. On the tours you can expect to see the famous sights and architectural highlights, as well as experiencing some of the lesser-known gems of the city. Apart from doing inner-city Joburg tours, Past Experiences also offers tours of Pretoria and Soweto, and if you’re an archeology buff, it offers special tours around the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng. Our favourite: the graffiti tour of Joburg, exploring the beautiful artworks on the streets.
She Said Walking Tours
Anna-Belle Durrant of shesaid.co.za is well known in blogging and Instagram circles for her beautiful photography and incredible sense of fun, which is exactly what you can expect from her Joburg walking tours. With an extensive knowledge of Joburg (and the best spots to take photos in the city) her tours are the perfect option if you’re looking to practise your photography skills and get to know the city a little better. If you’re looking for a tour that’s personal and intimate, Anna-Belle specialises in private tours, which give you the perfect opportunity to pick her creative brain. Our favourite: the sunrise tour, which starts with a morning coffee, and waking up with the city.
Mainstreetwalks tours aren’t strictly foot-based, but rather incorporate public transport in the form of Rea Vaya buses, giving you the opportunity to see the city on a wider scale. When touring with one of the seasoned guides, expect direct access to the people and happenings of the community, experiencing the city like a Joburg local. Our favourite: Picnics in The Sky, which involve filling a basket with goodies from Market on Main and then ascending to the top of the Carlton Centre for a one-of-a-kind picnic dinner.
Experience it for yourself:
Past Experiences: 011 678 3905, pastexperiences.co.za
She Said: shesaid.co.za
Mainstreetwalks: 011 614 0163, mainstreetwalks.co.za
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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