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“Great way to appreciate the city”
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Past Experiences
Ranked #30 of 100 Tours in Johannesburg
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Owner description: Past Experiences: THE ORIGINAL JOBURG WALKING TOUR COMPANY Past Experiences was started in March 2009 Our inspiration came from our love for South Africa, Johannesburg, its Inner City, people, culture, past and very bright future. Past Experiences specialise in walking and public transport tours of the City of Johannesburg and Soweto- no stuffy tour busses needed, its time to get on the streets and meet the locals. The communities we work with are very important and we try wherever possible to involve them and local community driven projects. Our passion is to share Jozi with South Africa and the world in an enjoyable and entertaining way. Our tours are conducted by expert Tour Guides whose passion for Joburg and South Africa is unquestionable. We offer an extensive choice of experiences and tours including topics such as graffiti, public art, Political history, traditional African culture, migrant communities, street food, shopping tours with a difference and so much more.We also offer specialised archaeological tours lead by a registered archaeologist.
Reviewed June 30, 2014

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.

1  Thank Angela H
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2014

Thank you so much for this great review. We are so so so glad that you enjoyed your experience. I will definitely pass on your thoughts to Bongani, Rob and Clive. And we hope we see you soon!

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have done several walks with Jo from Past Experiences in Johannesburg now. And with different audiences as well. Jo and her guides are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the city. Jo knows practically everybody on the street and with that you instantly also feel closer to people you otherwise would never have spoken to. Walking through differerent areas of the city makes you respect it even so much more. A lot of effort is put into reviving the inner city and it is working! infrastructure, coffee houses, shops and amazing street art are just a few indicators that show the city is on the right track. Every tourist arriving in South Africa should at least stay a few nights in Joburg and go on a walk! You won't regret it!

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2014

Thank you so so so much for these amazing words- we really do appreciate them- Hope this makes some people come to Jozi and enjoy our FANTASTIC city!

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

We took a walking night tour of the Financial District in the Joburg CBD, which culminated in a tour of the fabled Rand Club (Johannesburg's only 'Gentleman's Club'). Most people are scared to enter the JHB CBD after dark and the tour guide, Jo, with her extensive knowledge scotched all the cynics by proving that this district is well lit and patrolled by security and plenty of 'Big Brother' CCTV cameras keeping a watchful gaze over goings on. We experienced beautiful art deco architecture, history, anecdotes and of course gained access to the famous Rand Club which is usually members only. A wonderful night out for a very reasonable fee! I'll definitely do it again. Kate.

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2014

Thanks so much Kate- it was great taking you on the tour. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I've been on two of Jo and Tania's tours now - the Fordsburg tour and one of their graffiti/street art walks and both were fantastic. The girls really know the city and the routes are meticulously planned to help you get a feel for different neighbourhoods and what makes them tick. They help you discover unique places that you quite simply would not find by yourself. Their tours really give you a great historical background to how the city is changing and open your eyes to what contemporary Joburg is all about.

You also can really tell that they are actively part of the communities which they take you to. As they say themselves one of their aims of their tours is to encourage visitors to go back to these places again by themselves and continue to enjoy the city on their own two feet - which is as it should be.

I should also add that the girls are Extremely friendly and passionate about their city and what it has to offer. Tania even helped me catch my first ride on a mini-bus taxi after the tour - as someone who had just moved to the country and does not know how to drive, I cannot begin to explain how much that literally changed how I live my life here!

Excellent value for money and highly recommended

Thank Louise W
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2014

Thanks for such a wonderful review Louise! We hope to see you on many more experiences!

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Reviewed February 11, 2014

The best way to see the City of Johannesburg is as a pedestrian. A great way of doing this is by joining one of the Past Experience walks. From Braamfontein to Newtown and Soweto, there is no better way to enjoy this sometimes misunderstood city I call home. Past Experiences opened my eyes to the hidden gems of Johannesburg and they continue to grow their tours from strength to strength. I have also made some great friends while on the tours including the guides themselves. I have also introduced my colleagues to the tours and they all love them. Kudos to the time for their dedication and passion.

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2014

Thanks for this Sazi. Your support has been amazing! Jozi is lucky to have you as a fan.

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