Past Experiences was favourably reviewed in an Australian newspaper a couple of years ago. This stimulated the interest of my partner and myself to do something out of the ordinary on our recent visit to South Africa ... something beyond the usual tourist experience in Sandton. We were able to discover the variety of tours they offered from perusing their website. After much e-mail correspondence with Rob, we settled on two 3-hour walking tours in Newtown and the old CBD area that touched on a variety of interests, including graffiti, public art, local history, old and new buildings/architecture, Nelson Mandela and the ANC, Gandhi, a spectacular city view from one of the tallest buildings in the CBD, and a visit to a wonderful coffee-shop. Our guide, Bongani, was friendly, accomodating, informative and knowledgeable (about Jo'berg specifically, South Africa generally, and also about a variety of international political and geographical issues). He was able to cover a broad spectrum of our interests in the allocated time ... and was never short of an answer to our questions.
Sadly, the 3 hour periods seemed to pass all too quickly. This only left us wanting to see and learn more.
Both walks were conducted late morning-early afternoon and our safety did not feel threatened at any time. Photographic opportunities were plentiful and varied.
Past Experiences also arranged for a taxi to pick us up from our hotel, and to return us to the hotel after the walks were completed. Talking to Clive, the taxi driver, also afforded us another informative local perspective on the current issues facing Jo'berg and the rest of the country. During both walks, Bongani got us on to the local mini-bus taxis as part of the Jo'berg experience ... an interesting and probably unusual means of transport for international tourists!
On future trips to Jo'berg we will certainly do other walking tours with Past Experiences ... perhaps some of the local markets next time.
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