Know to locals as ‘Joburg’ or ‘Jozi’, this city with grit is the beating heart of South Africa. It has a rich and turbulent history and a future at the cutting edge of art, design, music, and foodie culture – if you’re looking for excitement, you’ve come to the right place!
To guide you, MORE Private Travel has a few basic tour structures* that can then be tailor-made to your interests. We’ll help you to experience as much as you can in the time that you have, while adding other sites and tours to your bucket list – we’re sure you’ll be back…
Every corner of the city has a fascinating story, but the following attractions are definite must-sees as part of a tour or on your own time:
The Apartheid Museum
Gain a new understanding of the dark political era before the dawn of South Africa’s new democracy. Take a tour through history, starting with the racial segregation that plagued the country from the 1950s, followed by the rise of the Black Consciousness Movement in the mid 1960s, and ending with South Africa’s first free and fair elections in 1994.
New Town’s Street Art
Immerse yourself in the oldest part of the city on a guided walking tour through New Town – given new life by an influx of trendy cafes, bars, galleries – and street art. Big and bold, it tells a social story impossible to ignore and one you’ll find you could get lost in. Local and international artists alike feature, making this a fascinating collaboration. Stopping in at the Museum of African Design is also highly recommended.
On a Saturday, you’ll find a lot of Joburg at this inner-city market. It’s a culturists’ delight and a melting pot of art, craft, music and, of course, food! There are dozens of food stalls tempting you with everything from farm-style breads and cheeses, to exotic Ethopian ‘injera’ (flatbreads) with spicy stew, and local Afrikaans sweet treats. Eating is at communal tables and you’re bound to meet and get chatting with a few locals.
The uber-cool Maboneng Precinct is considered one of the most successful urban regeneration projects in the world. One of the best places to get a feel for the vibe is its weekly Sunday Market On Main, bringing together people from across Joburg. You’ll be treated to classic South African hospitality, mouth-watering food, and what-to-choose(!) shopping, with beautiful handcrafted fashion and crafts on offer.
This cluster of restored industrial heritage buildings in Lorentzville is now a thriving hub of art and design studios, galleries, restaurants, jewellers, a curio shop, homeware store, coffee roastery, bakery, brewery… It’ll take you a while to get ’round it. A monthly market on the first Sunday only adds to the appeal – especially for art lovers, with all studios opening their doors to the public – and any foodie worth their salt, with food stalls serving the most delectable dishes.
The Marabi Club
This jazz club in New Doornfontein is a hidden gem! Arising out of one of the world’s richest gold rushes, the ‘Marabi’ lifestyle revolved around nightlife and music. Its blues, jazz, and soul were soothing remedies for the hardships of a working week during the 1920s and 1930s. The Marabi Club will take you back to this work hard, play hard era and Johannesburg’s heyday.
- Johannesburg City Tour
- Maboneng Precinct Tour
- Art Galleries & Craft Markets Tour
- Johannesburg & Soweto Tour
- Cradle of Humankind Tour