The 2013 Lilizela Awards

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Liz at Lancaster nominated a provincial finalist in the 2013 Lilizela awards The new national tourism and travel awards programme resulting from the merging of the AA Accommodation Awards and the Imvelo Awards [for Responsible Tourism] is backed nationally by the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Grading Council of SA [TGCSA]; and locally by […]

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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 which […]

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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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Heritage tours run by Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust

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The Parktown Westcliff Heritage Trust runs tours to interesting places which are very varied on their offerings.  Many of these tours provide access to places that one cannot always get to independently.  Sadly however,  the guiding  style and information provided can be a little superficial and descriptive, with in-depth information often tantalizingly lacking. But enjoy the outings.  […]

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