The Urban African Experience

The Maboneng Tours provide an exclusive opportunity to learn more about the Eastern side of the Inner City.

Maboneng meaning “Place of Light” is a fully integrated urban neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg CBD. Both a mixed-use development and urban community, Maboneng is home to several independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, film and sound studios, a hotel, a hostel, a musuem and creative factory spaces.
As such, the Maboneng Precinct offers a range of well-designed and affordable spaces within an urban landscape in Johannesburg. With all its offerings, Maboneng has proved to be a popular destination for locals and international tourists

Itinerary includes:

(i) Meet at 302 Fox Street, Curiocity Backpackers

(ii) A Visit to The Bioscope Independent Cinema
*Here you will watch the Maboneng documentary ” Place of Light ” (only 20mins long)
“Place of Light” is a story of innovation and risk taking, of pitting historical city decay against the innovation of young entrepreneurial minds. How do you bring back the pulse of downtown Johannesburg and plant a place of creativity, business and living back into the inner city? A story of a pioneering development project by a group of young people, as well as a look into the context of regeneration in the Johannesburg landscape. (We only watch the film if we have a group of more than 10people)

(iii) A Visit the 12 Decades Art Hotel.
*A combination of Art and History makes this unique Johannesburg hotel a very special experience. Located on the 7th Floor of Mainstreetlife Building. The 12 decades Art Hotel chronicling the history of Johannesburg from 1886-2006, plays host to rooms that are designed and conceptualised by some of South Africa’s most celebrated artists and designers.

(iv)A Visit to MOAD
*Africa’s first museum dedicated to design, and Johannesburg’s cultural hub in Maboneng

(v) Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market
Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market which is said to be one of the oldest in the city. Visitors may encounter Sangomas (traditional healers) at the market, and will also see various animal parts, used as traditional medicine (or “muti”), at stalls. But there are also more conventional items on offer, including traditional clothing and accompaniments;

(vi) The Collectors Treasure
*The largest second hand bookstore in the Southern hemisphere. There are books stacked everywhere, plus LP records, sheet music, maps, porcelain and postcards. You get time to get lost and wonder!

(vii) Explore the Public Art future developments of the Maboneng Precinct, Doornfotein and its surrounding community
*Walk through an open air museum with rich exhibits of public art, urban living, fascinating history and amazing architecture

Days: Wednesdays & Thursdays (Private tours can be arranged)
Times: 15h00
Duration: 2hr
Backpacker guests:R250pp
Tour Only guests:R300pp
bookings essential