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JoburgPlaces is ‘world famous’ in Joburg for its fascinating inner-city walking tours, storytelling dinners and events. Its tours and dinners are based on exceptional stories of the history, architecture, people, spaces and places of the city.

JoburgPlaces is also the operator of the Thunder Walker venue on Gandhi Square, right in the heart of the city centre. The Thunder Walker comprises three event spaces: the Scatterlings Arcade, the Zwipi Underground and the Town Square Banqueting Hall. Soon to be added to the Thunder Walker, is the Balcony Gardens Boutique Hotel.

For more info on tours, scroll down. For more info on our venues, click on the various tabs at the top of the page.

The JoburgPlaces team is made up by passionate inner-city regeneration activists and is led by the founder, Gerald Garner. Our Chief Storyteller & Guide is Charlie Moyo. Gerald and Charlie are supported by committed investors and a large complement of passionate chefs, cooks, waiters, bartenders, event operators and venue managers.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR TOURS  IS LISTED IN OUR BROCHURES:

We host public inner-city walking tours six days a week (Monday till Saturday) These cover different parts of the inner-city such as Marshalltown, Maboneng, the City Centre or the Fashion District & Little Addis.
Read the brochure here: JoburgPlaces_REGULAR_TOURS_brochure_2019_10_07
(these tours can also be booked as private tours at any time subject to availability)

We host  Storytelling Dinners at Zwipi Underground on Friday and Saturday evenings. These include the Migrant Cuisine Storytelling Dinner and the Secret Underground Storytelling Dinner.
Read the brochure here: JoburgPlaces_Storytelling_Dinner_brochure_2019_10_15

We host Special Interest tours for private event bookings on demand. These include Urban Farming; Money, Banks & Vaults, Viewpoints & Watering Holes, Craft Breweries & Distilleries; and Of Origin & Migrations among other. Read the brochure here:
JoburgPlaces_SPECIAL_INTEREST_PRIVATE_TOURS_BROCHURE_2019_10_07

To book, send an email to gerald@joburgplaces.com or a whatsapp to 082 894 5216.

 

DIRECTIONS TO OUR VENUE, THE THUNDER WALKER ON GANDHI SQUARE:
(all tours start at the Thunder Walker).
All JoburgPlaces tours start at the Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square where we operate the Scatterlings Restaurant and Ziwpi Underground. Meet us inside the Scatterlings Restaurant at the stipulated time. Find our entrance on the square, right next to the Gandhi sculpture, between Sanlam and Hollard Insurance.

Note that casual parking is NOT AVAILABLE. If you are going to arrive by car and require parking it is essential that you send us your car number plate and arrange this with us so that we can book parking for you.

If you come by metered taxi, Uber or Taxify/Bolt simply get out at Nando’s in Rissik Street, next to Gandhi Square. Walk onto the square past Pizza Hut towards the Gandhi Sculpture. Find our entrance next to the Gandhi sculpture, between Sanlam and Hollard Insurance.

If you come by Rea Vaya bus, get out at the Library Gardens station and walk towards Rissk Street and then Gandhi Square.

If you come by Gautrain bus from Park Station, get out at the third stop in Marshall Street. Walk east in Marshall until you get Rissik Street, turn left in Rissik Street and Gandhi Square is one block up on the right.

IMPORTANT:
Do NOT walk from Park Station to Gandhi Square or from Maboneng to Gandhi Square, there are unfortunately still some street blocks in the city that are problematic and not safe to walk past.

Do NOT try to call an Uber or Taxify/Bolt from Park Station. There is no parking for these services at Park Station and as they are at war with the Metered Cabs you can get yourself easily into an ugly situation by calling Uber or Taxify from the station. If you get to Park Station by Gautrain, take the escalators up immediately in front of the turnstiles where you exit the station. At the top of the escalators you will see the metered cabs parked. Take a metered cab from there to Gandhi Square (expect to pay around R70 or R80 for the cab).

If you come by car:
NOTE THE M2 ELEVATED HIGHWAY HAS BEEN CLOSED IN AN EASTERN AND WESTERN DIRECTION TILL OCTOBER 2019, THEREFORE PLAN YOUR TRIP CAREFULLY!

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS AND DO NOT JUST TYPE IN AN ADDRESS ON YOUR GPS as it may take you right through the middle of town where one-way streets, bus lanes blocking intersections etc can send you on a mad journey of driving in circles!

From the north, take the M1 South and take the Village Road offramp (Selby).
Follow Village Road until the corner of Loveday Street (5th intersection along Village Road).
Turn LEFT into Loveday Street and then RIGHT into Marshall Street (5th intersection along Loveday).
From Marshall Street, turn LEFT into Rissik Street.

Once in Rissik Street, Gandhi Square will be on your right. Cross the traffic light where the buses turn to park on the square and BEFORE Nando’s turn RIGHT at the boom gate into the paved slip-road on the edge of the square (running along Nandos and Pizza Hut).  It will lead you to the entrance of the underground parking in the Metropolitan Building. Look for the sign that says OPH Private Parking – 108 Fox Street. We will have booked parking for you and the guard will have your number plate on the list and direct you to the right parking bay.

NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARK HERE IF YOU HAVE NOT PRE-BOOKED PARKING.

If you need directions or help on the way to tour phone, text or whatsapp Charlie Moyo on 062 121 6188. As he may be busy with a tour and unable to answer, try a text or whatsapp him. 

NOTE: WITH THE CURRENT HIGHWAY CLOSURES, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE UBER OR TAXIFY, OR GAUTRAIN TO PARK STATION AND THEN A METERED CAB TO GANDHI SQUARE (do not try to Uber from Park Station).

 

 

CONTACT US
Best is to contact Gerald Garner via e-mail on gerald@joburgplaces.com. Gerald can also be contacted on his cell number + 27 (0)82 894 5216. However, Gerald is often busy with tours or staging events, so it may be more effective to send an email or a whatsapp message.

Email: gerald@joburgplaces.com

 

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