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JoburgPlaces is a Johannesburg, inner-city based tourism initiative. We pride ourselves in exceptional inner-city walking tours, experiences and events. We operate our own venue right in the centre of the city  on Gandhi Square: The Thunder Walker with its Scatterlings restaurant, Zwipi Underground restaurant, Town Square Banqueting Hall and soon also the Balcony Gardens Hotel.

The JoburgPlaces team comprises passionate inner-city regeneration activists. Led by Gerald Garner, our management team comprises Chalie Moyo (tours), Bulelwa Mbonambi (head chef) and Jane Plested-Smith (administration).

First and foremost in our operation, is our bespoke tour offering. We offer a series of opportunities to explore the Johannesburg CBD on foot:

  • Private, morning walking tours are available from 9:30am-1pm, guided by Charlie Moyo
  • A daily Thunder Walker Destination tour, exploring our landmark building, is available from 2-4pm.
  • Special dinner tour-storytelling experiences are offered on Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Special-interest public tours are hosted on Saturdays.

Our tours are historically intense, based on exceptional storytelling and hosting. Tours are designed to provide a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience of immersing yourself in the Joburg history, culture and vibe.

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home is the Thunder Walker on Gandhi Square – a historic bank building with an impressive Edwardian Arcade and underground vault, built in 1904 and currently being refurbished as the Thunder Walker.

JoburgPlaces already operates the Scatterlings restaurant, Zwipi Underground restaurant and Town Square Banqueting Hall at the Thunder Walker, while the Balcony Gardens Boutique Hotel will open in the same building in 2020. The Thunder Walker is a must-see visitor destination and JoburgPlaces offers daily site tours of this extraordinary building at 2pm.

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Scatterlings is temporarily closed for renovations and improvements but will reopen on 22 July for breakfast and lunch with a wonderful menu inspired by the city’s migrant cuisines (6am – 3pm).

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Zwipi is the choice destination for bespoke dining. For serious foodies, keen on an exceptional meal in an extraordinary, historic bank vault, this is a must-do Joburg experience. Zwipi is open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights (booking essential) and on any other night for private bookings but with a minimum spend required to open the venue especially to host your group.

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Our 200-seater banqueting hall on the first floor of the Thunder Walker building is under construction and will be ready to host its first wedding on 7 September. Town Square is available for bookings of weddings, conferences, year-end functions and more. Events can also be booked in Zwipi and Scatterlings. For more information, download our events prospectus here:



Best is to contact Gerald Garner via e-mail on 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 text message.



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