Joburg Inner City Tours
Past Experiences biggest passion, without a doubt is definitely the Johannesburg Inner City. We love ♥ its people, streets, buildings, history, art and future. When Past Experiences begun, we became the first full-time Inner City Tour Operator. We believe in our city and aim on a daily basis to promote it as a major tourism destination, support its small businesses and provide you, our clients with fun, professional and unforgettable experiences, tours and events.
We feel that the best way to explore and really experience the city is on foot and Public Transport. By using Public Transport (Rea Vaya Bus System) we try keep our tours “green” and environmentally friendly.
We offer numerous Joburg Inner City Tours. Below please find a list of just some of our packages. We are also able to tailor-make a tour according to your specific needs and interests.
NAMING JOZI TOUR
Learn about Johannesburg and South Africa’s history on an awesome walking tour of the city by looking at the names given to the streets, buildings and places. Accompany us on an adventure through the city to investigate some of our oldest buildings and newest post-1994 name changes and let them tell us their story – who knows what we will discover!
I ♥ JOZI TOUR
Join us for a totally unique day out in our fair city! This tour provides the opportunity to travel on the new Rea Vaya BRT line, which takes us past some of the most interesting parts of the city! We will stop off at the Carlton Centre’s “Top of Africa” which offers an exhilarating view and our tour guide will reveal information about Joburg’s birth and its exciting history! Following another bus ride, our destination is the Johannesburg Art Gallery – here you will be exposed to an array of amazing artwork – from Picasso and Monet to South African greats such as Sekoto and Preller.
All in all, a great day out
I ♥ SHOPPING TOUR
People come from all over the African continent to shop in the Johannesburg CBD! Past Experiences will show you the best shopping that our fair city has to offer you and guide you through this vibrant and cosmopolitan inner city. You won’t find specials like this anywhere else – material and sewing equipment, traditional African couture, gorgeous bags, Nigerian (Nollywood) films and so much more! Let us introduce you to this truly remarkable African city shopping extravaganza!
This can be a walking and/or public transport tour of the inner city. This is a great way to really experience the inner city
I ♥ NEWTOWN TOUR
Join us for a guided walk through Newtown – the cultural precinct of the Johannesburg Inner City. This fantastic tour will enlighten you on this beautiful and vibe filled area from its early days as a slum, to when it housed Johannesburg’s biggest fruit and vegetable market. We will also look at present day Newtown and how it is being rejuvenated. The walk also includes visits 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).
CREATIVE JOZI – PUBLIC ART TOUR
Join Past Experiences for a leisurely tour of the inner city. This fantastic tour will focus on the wonderful array of public art that can be found in the Johannesburg CBD. Public Art is so great as it is art created for public space – as opposed to art created for an private or public art gallery. Public art is for everyone and can be seen anytime. Johannesburg has a great deal of public art all over the city – and on this city tour we will try and see as much of it as possible.
We will also look at the history, present and future rejuvenation of the inner city as we travel through town. This can be a walking and/or public transport tour of the inner city. This is a great way to really experience the inner city
Travel back in time to 1886 and early mining in Johannesburg. We learn about the discovery of gold in this city and the huge impact that it had. The tour takes a look at some of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and we enjoy a relaxed walk past many of the mining houses and banks in Johannesburg. The importance that minerals have played in South Africa’s development is revealed and there is an opportunity to view one of Johannesburg’s earliest mining stopes. The tour can conclude with a review of migrant labour at the Workers Museum in Newtown.
High tea at the Rand Club can be arranged.
SPICY FORDSBURG TOUR
“We have a variety of people living here – from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria and now even from other parts of Africa. The lovely thing about all this is that everyone brings a bit of their culture, and it’s all blended and works well together here in Fordsburg. We have what we call the “square”, which is the hub of commercial activity. Here you will find different shops owned by people of different nationalities. Fordsburg was always multi-layered and very cosmopolitan, and in that sense it hasn’t changed much. It’s a very mixed culture, and it makes you see a different side to South Africa”.
~ Essop Bahana (The Joburg Book-Nechama Brodie (Ed))
Let Past Experiences guide you on a walking tour taking in the history, culture and gastronomical delights of Fordsburg. (We recommend that this tour takes place on a Saturday afternoon, we can include a visit to the famous Fordsburg Market)
NEWTOWN MINI PUBLIC ART TOUR
We know that sometimes, you want to experience your city but do not have a lot of time on your hands. Why not try our hour long Mini Art Tour. This tour takes place in Newtown and you will be able to see numerous fantastic public art pieces and graffiti.
THROUGH THE LENS- 125 YEARS OF JOHANNESBURG PHOTOGRAPHY
Join Past Experiences on a journey back into Joburgs past. Explore our ever changing city through its photography. From the earliest photos of Jozi up until the 1980′s. On this tour you will receive a booklet and disc with some of the best photo’s ever taken of Jozi. We will then visit the very spot where those photos were taken and see what has changed and what has stayed the same. A truly eye opening experience.
JOZI INNER CITY TASTER TOUR
This tour is perfect for those who want to experience a little bit of everything that Jozi has to offer. From Architecture to history art and rejuvenation, you will see it all on this tour.
A speciality of head guide Jo, this tour looks at the Joburg that Nelson Mandela experiences in the 1950′s and 1960′s. We visit his original law practise and the areas he walked on a daily basis. This tour does not only focus on Mandela but all the anti-apartheid leaders who spent time in the inner city including Oliver Tambo, Walter and Albertina Sisulu and many more.
Johannesburg is unique in that it is home to not one but two Chinatown’s. This tour focuses on Joburgs inner city Chinatown and its earliest residents who came to work in the mines and later open businesses in the area. This tour includes a trip to one of the best Chinese Supermarkets and can end with lunch at the oldest Chinese restuarant in Jozi.
I ♥ BRAAMIES TOUR
If you have visited Braamfontein lately, you will know how absolutely fantastic it is looking. From its stunning new hotel and student accommodation, to its
fantastic new restaurants, galleries, shops and the 70 Juta district. But don’t forget Braamfontein also has a fantastic history and is home to the University of the Witwatersrand and Constitution Hill. Join us for a relaxed but concise walking tour looking at the history, present and future of this special inner city area.
If the tour takes place on a Saturday morning, it can end at Neighbourhood Goods Market where you can have a delicious breakfast (yum!), browse the stalls or even have a refreshing beer!
JOUBERT PARK EXPLORE
Joubert Park, is a rare thing in the Johannesburg Inner City, a green oasis in an area of concrete, streets, apartments and urban life. It may have changed a great deal over the last few decades but it still plays an important part in the lives of those living in the Inner City. Numerous sights are visited from the Historic Drill Hall to the Johannesburg Art Gallery which houses thousands of pieces of art (both local and international). No tour is complete without a visit to the unforgettable GreenHouse Project, a non profit company involved in community outreach and information, environmental sustainability and green living practises.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI’S IN THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
Join Past Experiences on a photographic exploration of the Johannesburg Inner City. This tour can be created around you needs and photographic interests.
A passion of company founder and head guide, Jo Buitendach this tour looks at one of Jozi’s most vibrant and unique areas. Home to a close knit Hindu and Muslin community, Ferreirasdorp situated on the outskirts of the original Joburg Inner city still has a small town feel and is often called a “village within a city”. Beautiful early 20th Century architecture surrounds you as you walk through this bustling area which for many decades has provided cultural items to Jozi’s migrant labour from all over Southern Africa. From Basotho Blankets, to muti shops and labola jackets, it can all be found here.
Welcome to Yeoville and Bellevue- Walking Tour and Dinner
If you are looking for a vibrant colourful and truly African view of Joburg then this is the area for you to explore. But don’t forget Yeoville and Bellevue have an exciting history that represents the different migrant communities that have lived in the area over the last century or so- from early Jewish Immigrants to political activists, musicians, artists and its present community of African immigrants.
This unique walk will look at the history of the area but also aims to introduce you to the present day community, vibe of the area and public art. The tour also includes an Ethiopian Coffee ceremony and snacks and a visit to the Yeoville Market, Jozi’s fantastic market where you can buy fresh vegetables from the entire continent, beautiful wax prints and sooo much more.
Join us for a walking tour around the area , followed by dinner at a real Yeoville institution 2B Happy Backpackers Lodge. It is our aim to include and benefit Yeoville Business in our tours so we have included a yummy vegetarian dinner afterwards and a glass of wine!
This tour focuses on the Street Art and Graffiti in the Johannesburg Inner City (we can also add this in to certain Soweto Tours). Jozi has a really unique Graffiti culture whose artists brighten up our city and share their special art form with us! These walking tour will look at art by numerous local and international artists who have contributed to this unique industry in Joburg. This art can be seen in numerous areas within the city and can be catered to your needs.
Phuza, Inner City Style- Jozi Inner City Pub Crawl
We have been threatening to launch a pub crawl Jozi CBD Style for ages- and here it is! Join Past Experiences as we journey through the Inner City taking in some of its best watering holes. This experience will be catered to your group and event needs but possible stops are the Guildhall (Joburg’s Oldest Pub), Kitcheners, Great Dane, The Carlton Centre’s 50th floor bar and so much more!