Johannesburg is a complex city and doesn’t always get the best rap. She has been through a lot – and thankfully there are gatekeepers who love and believe deeply in the city. Franck Leya, a qualified tour guide, is one of these and has taught me a lot about Joburg. I’ve now joined him on the following three tours all offered through his company Honest Travel Experiences. Here’s a brief interview that I did with him, talking all things Joburg:
1. Makers Valley Experience
Explore an emerging urban renewal area which has a high concentration of artisans, who’ve come together as the Makers Valley Collective. The tour can include a hands-on experience making something to take home, and also a visit to the special Victoria Yards.
2. Braamfontein Walking Tour
A great chance to explore this bustling suburb on the city’s fringe, where business, students, politics and art play key roles. This tour can also be done via bicycle.
3. Ponte City Tour
A visit to one of Joburg’s most iconic buildings which featured in the movie District 6. The trip includes a journey to the 55th story for a drink at a bar with unbelievable views of the city. I featured this last year and was delighted to hear some of you have now been!