Exploring Jozi with Joburg Places

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Tours with Gerald Garner of Joburg Places:highly recommended The only way to get a real sense of a city is not by driving through as an observer, but by immersing oneself in the sensory experiences of street life and activity. So while the  Hop-on Hop-off  Red Bus is a great way to orientate oneself to the […]

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Walking in the city – explore Joburg on foot

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  Making institutional meaning of place In The Practice of Everyday Life the French scholar De Certeau has a chapter “Walking in the City”.  Here he asserts that the ‘city’ is brought into being by official bodies and large institutions which produce systems like street grids, planned urban spaces, precincts, maps etc. And it is these strategies […]

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An iconic sculpture of an iconic man

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Mandela capture site with Marco Cianfanelli’s sculpture     I have had the privilege of knowing Marco Cianfanelli since he was a Fine Arts and Art History student at Wits many years back and have followed his career with great interest. I was of course well aware of his monumental sculpture of Mandela constructed at the […]

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From beaded cloths to philanthropic travel

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Stories about and encounters with our guests One of the best things about running a guesthouse is all the interesting people we meet from all over the world. Cultural Explorer One such person is Pat Walker who runs Cultural Explorer. http://theculturalexplorer.com/ Pat, a remarkable woman with boundless energy and a wonderful sense of humour, runs tours to […]

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Discover hidden pockets of Joburg with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

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Johannesburg Heritage Foundation Tours The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation runs weekly tours usually on Saturday afternoons. What makes them special? They explore interesting parts of Johannesburg They often include unusual places and spaces that are off-the-tourist-route They are often walking tours. They also sometimes do bus tours (like the Parktown Garden Tour on Sun 17th Feb […]

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Time to get on your bicycle

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Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle Tours Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular way of seeing local Joburg sites and sights.  Lebo of  Sowetobicycle tours has for many years offered cycling tours.  There are various options on offer: starting from a 2 hour tour which includes a visit to a worker’s hostel, the Hector Pieterson Museum as well […]

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Jozi walking tours

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On Saturday 17th November there is a Johannesburg Heritage Foundation walk (2 hours) past 2 homes in Parktown: Brenthurst, & Timewell with a visit to Etunzini.  [Unfortunately this tour is for members only but there is still time to join. Phone Eira on (011) 482-3349] Back to the tour ..  Brenthurst was designed by Baker […]

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