Half day tours

HALF DAY INNER-CITY WALKING TOURS
We are most famous for our walking tours through the Old City (inner-city).
We offer immersive walks through almost all the districts of the inner-city, each with a specific theme and involving mesmerizing storytelling. There is no better way to get to know the city, than walking its lively streets. Whether it is Astonishing Marshalltown, the Fashion District & Little Addis, Maboneng, Braamfontein or Newtown, among others, you want to get to know, we offer a walk just for you!

4A: Astonishing Marshalltown

4B: Buoyant Central Spine

4C: East Town is Alive

4D: Fashion District & Little Addis

4E: Money, Banks & Vaults

4F: Newtown Never Died

4G: Constitution Hill

4H: Bristling Braamfontein

 

[Tours available from 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm]

4A: Astonishing Marshalltown
This is our most famous walking tour and the one we recommend as a first introduction to the city, since it provides the best insight to the history of the city and what makes the contemporary city. This tour makes up one half of many of our full-day city immersion and apartheid struggle experiences too.

Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the opening history of the city, we walk and explore the ‘Wiser West’, the oldest district of Joburg inner-city. Marvel at the architecture and stories of Joburg during the gold rush, the plush Edwardian era (early 1900s) and all the way to the diverse and energetic current-day Joburg with coffee shops and eateries along Main Street. Admire the Shadow Boxer sculpture where Mandela & Tambo once had offices. Be astonished by the square where Gandhi once worked as a lawyer in the court. This tour tells the full story of Joburg – from pre-gold rush days to its ‘glory days’, spectacular urban decline and current-day city regeneration. You will leave astonished!

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

4B: Buoyant Central Spine
The best tour to experience the current-day buzz of the city that is alive with people and possibility. Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the history of the city, we walk through the centre of town up Joubert Street and west along Kerk Street, following this mesmerizing linear street market – lined with fruit, fresh produce, and fashion stalls, and flanked by major retailers. We take in the splendour and magnitude of the Bank City complex with its stunning public spaces, flanked by eateries, before exploring historic Diagonal Street – defined by both historic Victorian buildings and the glass edifices of the opulent 1980s. We pop into the fascinating KwaZulu-Natal Museum of Science – the city’s most famous muti shop, before discovering the inspiring, interactive sculpture of struggle heroes Albertina & Walter Sisulu. We pop into one of the most famous Shweshwe fabric stores in town, and then head via Beyers Naude Square past the City Library and Gauteng Legislature to the JHB Culinary & Pastry School, located in a historic banking hall. This tour will leave you inspired by the energy, ingenuity, and relentless hustle of the people of Jozi.

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account. 

 

4C: East Town is Alive
An exploration of the current-day regeneration of the city – spearheaded by converting old office buildings into sparkling residential apartments and the introduction of public art pieces all over the city. Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the history of the city, we head east of Gandhi Square to Absa Towers, Jewel City and Maboneng. See the vibrant future of the Johannesburg inner-city for yourself. A city which is fast transforming into a neighbourhood of choice, offering the greatest lifestyle with urban living in trendy apartments, set amidst community and commercial amenities a short walk away. Visit the most astonishing antique bookshop in town with millions of books, before ambling through Maboneng, one of the first city precincts to have undergone significant regeneration a decade ago, and today the party capital of the city. We visit some fantastic coffee shops, eateries and even a backpacker lodge along the way.

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

4D: Fashion District & Little Addis
A fascinating immersion into the migrant communities of the inner-city, coupled with some of the most exciting shopping you can imagine. This is by far our own favourite tour of the inner-city. The area is frenetic and bristling with energy. The tour is highly recommended once you have done one of our introductory tours such as Astonishing Marshalltown or East Town is Alive.

Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the history of the city, we head northeast to the historic garment district, today repositioned as the Fashion District. We visit the Fashion Kapitol and Fashion District Wholesalers, known for its Shweshwe fabrics, as well as Pan-African fabric stores. We pop into the studio of one of the best leather bag makers in town and then head to Little Addis, the Ethiopian Quarter. Here we discover buildings full of mazes of shops and sample everything from the best Ethiopian coffee or beer, to delectable Ethiopian njera with toppings. This walk is a cultural immersive experience that uncovers the fascinating migrant history and communities of the city – and it shows the crucial role migrants play in the economy and regeneration of the city.

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

 

4E: Money, Banks & Vaults
An astonishing walk, taking in the stories of the colossal financial companies that once dominated the ‘Wiser West’. Starting off at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure with a storytelling on the history of the city, we head to the JHB Culinary & Pastry School, located in what once was the head office of Barclays Bank. We explore the edifices of the historic Natal Bank, National Bank and Volkskas bank before passing through the gigantic Bank City complex (current day head office of First National Bank). Next up is a visit to the erstwhile Johannesburg Stock Exchange at 17 Diagonal Street. Here the highlight of the tour is visiting the historic stock exchange trading floor, still just as it was left in 1996 when the trading floor closed. We then head past the imposing erstwhile Investec and Anglo American offices to Hollard Street – another previous location of the stock exchange and home to many mining giants. Lastly, we visit the current-day offices of Standard Bank, where we descent into the basement, discovering the entrance to the city’s first mine, the Ferreira’s Mine, hidden in a tiny museum below the building. The tour uncovers the remarkable stories of how money, banks and vaults helped shape the City of Gold from its gold-rush inception in 1886 till today.

Private tours:

R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

4F: Newtown Never Died
A fascinating walk, looking into what was once the culturally edgy protest capital of the city and the place where the new millennium’s regeneration took off, only for this precinct to fall into squalor and decline in the 2010s. Yet the district is nowadays reinventing itself, finding a new way to the future. Nowadays new green shoots of sustainable regeneration are visible all over Newtown, this time driven by the community and by business (from big property giants to small entrepreneurs) – and not by bureaucrats.

Walk with us along a circular route, starting and ending at Newtown Junction and admire the graffiti art, community gardens in the streets, derelict industrial buildings being repurposed into attractive retail spaces, including the city’s best shoe shops and an astonishing craft brewery, operated by local entrepreneurs. Dream with us about just how great Newtown could become. Newtown is certainly not dead!

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

 

4G: Constitution Hill
Explore the most significant hill in the city, where layers of history lead you to the Constitutional Court – an architectural marvel and the institution that safeguards the constitution of democratic South Africa. Not only do we visit the interior of this landmark structure, but we also explore the surrounding prison museums, located in the notorious No 4 Prison, the Old Fort and the Women’s Jail. This hill of oppression has become a hill of hope that shows how the struggle against apartheid overthrew a most oppressive regime. As part of the tour, you visit the cells that once imprisoned Gandhi and Mandela and you walk along the ramparts of the fort, taking in the views of the bustling inner-city on its doorstep. This tour is an essential experience for anyone who wants to understand the history of South Africa and Johannesburg and who wants to understand how contemporary South Africa was created.

Private tours:
R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account. Also, the above fee excludes the museum entrance fee of R65 per person which is for the customers own account on the day:

4H: Bristling Braamfontein
A walk through youthful Braamfontein, set on the edge of Wits University as is the student village of the city. We explore the phases of Joburg’s development while visiting some astonishing spaces and places, including a rooftop nursery, coffee shops, one of the city’s oldest bars and exploring the mix of commissioned public art and informal graffiti along the way. On a Saturday, we surely spend some time at the bustling Playground Market. This tour ends at the Anew Parktonian Hotel rooftop, where guests get to enjoy a 360-degrees view of the city with all its landmarks prominently visible.

Private tours:

R2000 for 1-4 guests or R500 per person if 5 or more.

Open tours:
R650 per person on the understanding that we will take additional bookings to join you to form an open group.

Any food, drinks, or shopping along the way for guests’ own account.

BOOK NOW:
To book your tour, send an email to gerald@joburgplaces.com or a whatsapp to 082 894 5216.

Please do not phone as we are mostly busy hosting guests.
Send a message and we will contact you as soon as is possible.

We will respond to your booking request and provide an online payment link for you to pay by bank card to secure the booking.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
Guests participate in all JoburgPlaces tours at their own risk. Neither JoburgPlaces, nor its guides, accept any responsibility whatsoever for any injury, accident or death that may occur while participating in a JoburgPlaces tour, whether in a public or a private space.

A tour booking is only secured upon payment.

Provisional bookings will automatically be cancelled if not paid within 48 hours from making a booking.

Bookings cannot be cancelled once paid for any reason whatsoever and no refunds will be offered for cancelled bookings.

Bookings can be postponed to another date if postponed more than 30 days in advance of the booked date. However, bookings cannot be postponed for any reason whatsoever within 30 days of the tour date, as we would lose the opportunity to take another booking for that slot.

STARTING POINT
We will stipulate the starting point for your tour in your booking confirmation letter. Most (but not all) tours start at Charlie & Gerald’s Town Treasure, 110 Fox Street.

For private tour bookings, it is possible to arrange pick up and drop off from your hotel or accommodation, possibly for an additional fee, depending on location.