Tours and Activities
Who doesn’t like to shop? Secret shopping with Natasha.
As a born “Jozi” girl who has explored her city, let me take you for some secret and some known, offbeat shopping! This is the time for you to buy that once off piece of clothing, jewellery or special decorative object to remind you of your wonderful stay in South Africa.
If there is anything specific that you are looking for, let me help you find it!
As a cosmopolitan guy having lived in Jhb all of my life, I have an intimate knowledge of this multi-faceted, dynamic city.
Growing up through my late teens and early twenties I experienced the end of Apartheid in a vivid fashion, and
I’ll share my memories of what it was like growing up in the working-class Southern Suburbs, the years just before the fall of Apartheid, the ending of Apartheid, and the years after. The tour will cover the Southern Suburbs, Hillbrow, Yeoville, the City Centre, the Market Theatre Precinct, and Northern Suburbs.
These tours are R900 per person and for a minimum of 2 people. In the morning from 9 to 1, or in the afternoon from 12 to 4.
These tours are also available to people not staying at Lucky Bean Guesthouse and need to be booked in advance.
These are our suggestions: Make a private and personal visit with a trained guide that was born and lives in Soweto. The price is R695 per person, which includes entrance to the Hector Pietersen Museum and Mandela House.
This is from 9h00am to 1h00pm, including collection and return to the house, or in the afternoon by arrangement. If you would like to include lunch at the end, the rate is R895. Normally at Sakhumzi. Nambitha or Wandie’s place.
The most immersive tour involves walking and using mini-bus transport to see the township and all of its major sites. Collection is from the house at 8.30 and the rate is R650 per person. This tour normally ends around 4.00, when you are returned to the house. You will be asked to pay for the guide’s mini-bus transport and a basic lunch. One mini-bus ride is around R9, and each guest will ride 3 buses. (Approximately R27 per person for the mini-buses.)
If you would like to include a visit to the `Apartheid Museum, they will drop you off at the Museum around 2.30, and then you make your way back to the house via UBER or a taxi, or we will arrange for your collection at 5pm when the Museum closes. The collection from the museum is R150.
There is a supplement of R200 for a single person.
Soweto Bicycle Tours. Read more here.
Inner city tours
Dlala Nje: based in Ponte City and offering the most interesting Hillbrow, Yeoville and Ponte City tours.
This is a great organization, demystifying some of Johannesburg’s most misunderstood suburbs. Their work also funds a foundation educating kids in the city.
Main Street Walks: based at Maboneng they offer a range of walks and cycle tours around the city.
The Red Hop-on Hop-off Bus
This is a very effective way to see the city, and get a sense of it. It covers the main attractions and you have commentary in many languages. Read more here.
The bus visits:
The Braamfontein district, Constitution Hill, The Mining District Walk, The Apartheid Museum and Newtown. There is also a route through the North of the city – this is not very important, especially if time is limited.
In Newtown, pop into The Market Photo Workshop, The Bus Factory / Artists Proof Studio at 2 President Street and The Market Theatre. There is also some graffiti that is worth seeing. Walk through Workshop Newtown, which is behind the Market Theatre, through the rear left exit. The graffiti runs under the motorway.
You are also able to walk to the Wits Art Museum (WAM) and Origins Centre, from the Braamfontein stop. WAM is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Quirky eating and entertainment
The first two of these places are owned and operated by “real” Joburg characters! Big personalities and a fine understanding of the hidden history and culture of Jozi. Old friends of ours, from back in the day!
The Roving Bantu Kitchen: based in the neighboring suburb of Brixton, Sifiso Ntuli and Ashley Heron host in an urban / township style. The food is simple, tasty and inexpensive. Sifiso is a cultural encyclopedia, and there are often events that he creates just for the Kitchen. Jazz or local music most Saturday nights.
Yeoville Supper Club: Sanza Sandile hosts a long table and serves a Pan-African feast in the heart of Yeoville. He is one of the most generous, big-hearted and interesting people that you can hope to meet and Joburg. The Supper Club is also good for Vegans. One of the late Anthony Bourdain’s best Joburg experiences. R495 per person, including drinks.