Guided tour

Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

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Activity provider: Curiocity Johannesburg
Guided tour

Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

Activity provider: Curiocity Johannesburg

From US$ 41.89 per person

Visit the bustling Maboneng market, marvel at The Cosmopolitan, learn more about the transformation of this creative inner-city precinct and more on this 2-hour walking tour.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Walk past some of the many new architectural developments in this rapidly developing area
  • Wander around one of the oldest traditional healers' markets in the city
  • Visit cultural hotspots including a public art gallery and the largest second hand bookstore
Full description
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.
  • Tour guide fee
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Curiocity Backpackers, 302 Fox St, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 2043, South Africa.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
Customer reviews

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4.3 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Wij waren super blij met onze tourguide Eko. Hij wist ons veel te vertellen over het ontstaan en de geschiedenis van Maboneng. Thank you

November 18, 2022


Tsehpo wasn't really engaged. He spent a good deal of time on his phone and ended the tour 20 minutes early. Way too expensive for what you get. It's a shame because it could have been great - the area is very interesting.

November 24, 2021

die Tour war super interessant und unser Guide hat und viele Informationen zu dem Stadtviertel gegeben. Hatten viel Spaß udn wir können die Tour absolut empfehlen

November 14, 2019


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