Welcome to Joburg.
Or Jozi, as the locals call it.
I’ll bet you’re in for a pleasant surprise! Welcome to our vibrant, exhilarating, broken-but-beautiful city with its short, rich history, people of every colour and creed, plenty of trees and outdoor spaces, museums, galleries, shops and restaurants – and a buzzing night life, too.
So get ready to explore on foot or by car; take in the sights, sounds and smells – and let Africa sink into your soul.
Our Popular Walks and Tours
HALF-DAY & FULL-DAY TOURS
4 hrs to 8 hrs
In a vehicle, we can cover more ground than on a walking tour, so you might like to travel anywhere from Sandton to Soweto and fit in lots of history, culture, street art, food and shopping as you go. See our Rates page for prices, and click 'more' for ideas of general themes to help you plan your day.
A Focus on Art
1 hr to 8 hrs
Finally Johannesburg is being recognised for its vibrant and varied art scene. We will curate your tour depending on your interest in galleries, artist studios, auction houses, institutional art, public sculpture, street art, graffiti and shopping for any specific items; and we can assure you a diverse and fascinating experience!
A Walk in the Wilds
2 hours - free of charge, gratuity basis
The Wilds was established in 1938 as a national botanical garden. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in recent years, it's a safe haven again, and the 8kms of stone pathways make it easy to navigate this glorious 40-acre site.
This walking tour traces the history of Newtown, from brickmaking and markets to its influence in music and the arts - and now its street art and urban regeneration.
Braamfontein is home to galleries and an art museum, public art and graffiti, a beautiful church, the Nelson Mandela Bridge and numerous coffee shops. The Playground (formerly Neighbourgoods) is open every Saturday from 10am, but other days are great to visit too.
MABONENG GRAFFITI WALK
Not as much history and culture as usual, but a great chance to witness some urban regeneration and to soak up the atmosphere created by the street vendors, restaurants, bars, public art and graffiti.
Constitution Hill Walk
Constitution Hill is a heritage site that combines the oppression of South Africa's past together with our hopes for the future. Visit the Old Fort, the former prisons and the Constitutional Court building - as well as the court chamber and a selection of artworks in the court's collection.
JO'BURG CHILDREN'S HOME
For the past 130 years, the Johannesburg Children's Home has provided a nurturing home for vulnerable children. The children also receive food, medical costs and a primary-level education of reading, writing and basic numeracy. Since 1942, the home has been situated in Observatory where it now houses over 60 children.
Full-day or Half-day
The Soweto tour includes a bit of everything. In the area of Vilakazi Street, you'll visit Mandela House & the Hector Pieterson Memorial. But you might also visit the Orlando Towers, Regina Mundi church, the Soweto Theatre - or head to the Bara taxi rank, Bara market and the workers' hostels for a taste of a day in the life of a Sowetan.
Diamonds Are Forever
Appointments almost anytime
Enjoy a visit to a jewellery manufacturer to buy diamonds, tanzanite and other precious stones. This can easily be incorporated into a half-day or full-day tour, or can act as a stand-alone Johannesburg experience.
Discover Johannesburg's mining past, with a combination of history, trivia and public art - plus stops for coffee and a cocktail. Highlights include the pedestrianised mining walk, the Rand Club, Gandhi Square and Chancellor House.
Troyeville was once the home of artists, architects and activists, and it's a suburb with a rich history dating back to 1889. Nowadays it's inhabited by residents from a wide variety of African countries, each bringing with them a distinctive flavour.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
During the course of 2023, we'll be compiling a list of recommended Johannesburg restaurants. For example, we love the outdoor area of the Rosebank Zone with restaurants such as Proud Mary, MamaSamba and Modern Tailors. See more....
APARTHEID & GENOCIDE
1 hr to 8 hrs
Johannesburg is home to the Apartheid Museum and the Holocaust & Genocide Centre, both of which are world-class museums. Each is worth a visit, but we suggest that you do not need a guide. The museums already offer wonderful explanations that encourage you to read, to watch and to listen without additional input from another voice.
CRADLE OF HUMANKIND
If you feel like a 'bare bones' trip to one of the world's best fossil sites, let us take you to the Cradle of Humankind where you can enjoy a Malapa Museum visit, a walk through the fabulous Sterkfontein caves, and lunch at one of the many good local restaurants. For a more detailed tour with a paleo-anthropological guide, please contact our colleague Howard Geach on +27 82 331 7911 or email@example.com.
Meet Our Tour guides
‘One thing I wish I’d understood in school is that the word History is simply a contraction of the words His Story; it’s just someone’s story! Now I act as a story-teller, bringing the history and culture of Johannesburg to life in a fun and informative way.’
Tshepo is a young tourist guide who springs from Jabulani in Soweto. He is passionate about travel and tourism and his favourite life experience so far is a road trip he undertook with friends to Cape Town and along the Garden Route to the Eastern Cape.
Hugh is a tour guide, architect and movie critic who has travelled to 100 countries. He is as passionate about showing visitors around his city as he is visiting theirs. Born and bred in Johannesburg, he thrives on revealing a side of Johannesburg that is not often seen.
In the Press
Tess Paterson has written a great piece about the beauty of Joburg and what it has to offer.
Nine members of ArchSoc took part in an early-morning outing to the western section of The Wilds in Killarney. After worrying for most of the week about the possibility of rain, we were delighted to...
Joburg is a city rich with myths, legends and larger-than-life personalities, and Sarah Barret's Joburg 360 Tours bring these stories to life on energetic guided walks. Joburg 360 offers a variety...
Interview with Creamer Media
Thank you, Sarah, for an informative, comprehensive, and fascinating tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon with you.
Lindsay Crisp, New Zealand
As for our guide, Sarah in Joburg, SHE WAS FANTASTIC!!! The best ever. We got to learn about the fascinating history of this city, visit some of the neighborhoods most visitors would never get to see, enjoy art of all kinds, wonderful food, and the moving story of the country’s changes there on Constitution Hill. I can’t thank you enough.
Anne Block, California
Thank you for an interesting and oh so enlightening tour. I only had a sketchy history of South Africa and its troubles but now I have a much better knowledge of it. What I found astounding is where it stands now. Ok, it has a long way to go, but I feel there is much hope for a country based on such a sound and fair constitution. You were so passionate about it, and I’m sure that there many like-minded people. The UK feels so stale and morally threadbare in comparison. Thank you for giving me a sound background to the country I’m about to explore.
Audrey Leiper, Scotland
Thanks so much for the most wonderful day, Sarah. The tour was just fabulous and truly inspiring. The team just loved it. Really couldn’t have asked for a more successful day. Your wealth of knowledge and wonderful, fun and relaxed management of the day made it so worthwhile and unbelievably special. Can’t thank you enough.
Anita Williams, Fine & Country
Thank you SO much for such a stunning walk on Saturday. I loved it. I felt quite uplifted afterwards with the possibilities that exist. With some luck on our side hopefully things will continue to take root and happen there. So wonderful to see it so clean too.
Sarah is a vibrant guide; she brings an interesting angle and research to every site. She loves the art aspect, which brings new insight to the historical aspect. An absolute gem; a tour with Sarah is poignant, informative and uplifting all at once.
In November we took our group of about 10 on the Newtown Walking Tour with Sarah from Joburg 360. Well, it turned out to be the most awesome day. We are all South Africans who were gobsmacked at the history and the way Sarah presents it in a user-friendly fashion. The Market Theatre, the Rand Club, the statues of Walter and Albertina Sisulu and so much more beside. When you stand in Gandhi Square and hear his involvement followed by a lunch in an old building you drive home so proud to be South African and richer for sharing in the complex development of what remains a great African city. Whoever does this walk will be rewarded with a sense of appreciation of the development of a city so interwoven with cultural diversity and beauty despite years of intolerance and political interference.
Reg & Teresa Thomson