Talk, Walk and Lunch at Joziburg Lane – A complete MUST DO!

Gerald Garner of Joburg Places

Joburg Places walking tour 2012. At the Sisulu Sculpture at Diagonal & Market St
Joburg Places walking tour.  At the Sisulu sculpture Cnr Diagonal & Market St (now Albertina Sisulu St)  Photo: Liz at Lancaster 2012

Gerald Garner  of Joburg Places is no stranger to Jozi-ites and regeneration issues in this ever-changing city. He has written 4 books on Joburg and has taken walking tours for many years.  I first went on a tour with Gerald 4 years ago and have been several times since – and have always come away with new insights.  Although I have done a fair bit of research for heritage reports on areas and buildings on inner city Joburg, I seem to have focused on isolated pockets whilst Gerald has an amazing overview and connects the dots in subtle and insightful ways. After reviving the defunct Hubert Davies warehouses at no 1 Fox St into a new hip go-to destination The Sheds, he moved on to start a food market at JoziburgLane at no 1 Eloff St ( a big residential and retail hub being developed by the property developers Molten Black).

 

Gandhi Square: Statue of Gandhi in his legal robes
Gandhi Square: Statue of Gandhi in his legal robes

 

Now his latest most exciting venture is to start a Talk, Walk and Lunch at Joziburg Lane – 5 days a week, Tuesday to Saturday.  Love the inversion of  ‘walk and talk’ -it’s a brilliant solution to sorting out the logistics of juggling Gerald’s knowledge and his time spent on the walking tours.  I sent guests staying here at Liz at Lancaster on one of his Talk and Walks and they were bowled over at the understanding they got into the changes and developments in this fast paced city.  Gerald’s  1 hour and a half  talk and photo presentation starts at 9 (R80 per person)and gives his overview of Joburg.

 

 

After the talk, there’s the walk

After his talk, a Joburg Places guide took a 2 and a half hour walking tour of downtown Johannesburg.  After visiting the industrial-to-residential conversion – No One Eloff,  they walked to Gandhi Square and then to the pedestrianised Main Street mining area.

Main St: Replica of golden rhino from Mapungubwe
Main St: Replica of golden rhino from Mapungubwe Photo: Liz at Lancaster 2015
Mining headgear in the Main St Mall
Mining headgear in the Main St Mall Photo: Liz at Lancaster 2015

 

 

This includes the Rand Club , the golden Mapungubwe Rhino, Hollard Street, the mining headgear and the Anglo American precinct. The tour finishes around the area of the Magistrates court and a visit to Chancellor House where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo had their law practice in 1952.

 

 

Lunch at Joziburg Lane

Opposite Chancellor House: Shadow Boxer by Marco Cianfanelli (based on photo of Mandela by Bob Gosani)
Opposite Chancellor House: Shadow Boxer by Marco Cianfanelli (based on photo of Mandela by Bob Gosani) Photo: Liz at Lancaster 2015
Return to Joziburg Lane for a delicious laid back lunch on the outdoor deck
Return to Joziburg Lane for a delicious laid back lunch on the outdoor deck . Photo Liz at Lancaster 2016

On returning to Joziburg Lane our guests enjoyed  a delicious lunch at Joziburg Deli.  (R150 per person)

The Joziburg Deli is open 9am-5pm, Tuesday till Saturday every week with foodmarket items on sale such as coffee, tea, snacks and many take-home deli goodies too (olives, olive oils, cheeses, relishes, preserves, cured meats and more).

 

 

 

While the all-inclusive package is recommended,  (R350 per person) guests can also book for the talk only (R80) or talk and walk only (R200) should they prefer.  The walk must always be booked together with the talk.

Book now by emailing: gerald@joburgplaces.com

 

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2 thoughts on “Talk, Walk and Lunch at Joziburg Lane – A complete MUST DO!

  1. Liz your posts are so informative and certainly whet my appetite for exploring, thank you so much for your enthusiasm and effort in sharing your knowedge of whats happening in our beautiful Johannesburg.

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