Johannesburg Walking tours

Our most recommended Johannesburg Walking tours

Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

1. Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an impact in each and everyone of them and how Soweto has changed today. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch of Kota (Local burger) or Braii (Barbecue).

Johannesburg: Maboneng Street Art Tour

2. Johannesburg: Maboneng Street Art Tour

Discover why Johanessburg’s artistic hub is recognized worldwide as a booming creative center on this 2-hour guided walking tour. You’ll see some of the best street art from around the world and even meet some of the artists themselves. Hit the streets of Maboneng Precinct and Jewel City to see why South Africa has long been recognized for its exciting modern art. Your guide will take you to meet the locals and explore Joburg subcultures, learn about the artists, their motivations, and the different techniques they use.  You’ll walk through individual pieces and get an overview of these colorful pieces, experiencing first-hand just how street art is changing the perspective in these local communities.

Johannesburg: Graffitti and Street Art Guided Walking Tour

3. Johannesburg: Graffitti and Street Art Guided Walking Tour

Add to your experience by joining us our Street Art walking Tour in the Hip and vibrant district of Braamfontein and explore what this creative neighbourhood has to offer! Prepare yourself for an exciting walk through this artsy part of Johannesburg and enjoy the cool market of Market on the weekend. There are galleries, bars, hidden gems and street art in every corner with a raw feel of City life.

Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

4. Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

Discover the creative eastern side of inner Johannesburg on this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning place of light, is a fitting name for this district thanks to its reputation as Johannesburg’s creative hub. Meet your tour guide outside the Curiocity Backpackers hostel before setting off on the walk through the precinct. The first stop is The Cosmopolitan, one of the most elegant heritage buildings in downtown Johannesburg. Built in 1899, it was opened as a hotel and bar in 1902. Next, venture over to the Drivelines Development, a new urban development that uses upcycled shipping containers as affordable housing. From here you’ll walk over to Agog, the latest addition to Mabongeng’s burgeoning art scene.  Shop at the Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market, said to be one of the oldest in the city. Here you’ll encounter Sangomas (traditional healers) and medicines as well as traditional clothing. Round off your shopping spree at The Collectors Treasure, the largest second-hand bookstore in the southern hemisphere. Finish off the tour with a walk through Doornfontein’s an open-air museum and surrounding cultural hotspots.

Johannesburg Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

5. Johannesburg Like a Local: Customized Guided Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once we receive your booking, the supplier get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They will hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Johannesburg, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Johannesburg: migration history tour

6. Johannesburg: migration history tour

Get under the skin of this fascinating district with an expert guide who grew up in the area. Hear stories from the area's history, and learn about the personal experiences of your guide. Immerse yourself in a diverse neighborhood full of culture and history. Learn how a residential suburb became one of the most cosmopolitan places in South Africa. Hear how the area was a magnet for people from all over the world in the gold rush and the subsequent waves of migration from across the continent. Hear captivating stories from your guide, and then hit the streets to meet the locals. Visit landmarks like the Windybrow Art Center, the iconic Ponte Tower and Telkom Tower, as you experience firsthand this diverse and fascinating district.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 138 reviews

Our mural walk tour with Kultwano was great. He was well informed and very enthusiastic about the artists and their work. Although the area does not have the best reputation, the meeting place was safe and Kultwano ensured that we were not approached or followed by anyone when we walked. It was a very enjoyable and informative walk and I highly recommend participating in this very cool and different activity as you will get an opportunity to learn more of the heart of the people.

Great walk through Maboneng with a lot of interesting details. Our guide knows many of the artists personally and provides exciting insights into the reconstruction of the district and the various works of art. Highly recommended!

My guide, Kutlwano, was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about all the art we saw. The art itself was beautiful and the rich history and stories Kutlwano gave behind every piece enhanced it even more. I highly recommend!

Tebogo was my guide. I was the lucky sole participant and felt very safe during those 2 full hours. He was very thorough in the explanations, patient and fun to be around. the 2 hours flew buy! I recommend it

If you’re into street art, this is a wonderful tour! Our guide Kutlwano has a wealth of information about the artists and the history of the area. Very enjoyable tour. Thank you!