Monday, May 5, 2014

Upcoming Weekend Budget Tours with Past Experiences- May and June 2014

Chamber of Mines Building in Marshalltown
As many of you know, we love our local fans! Since Past Experiences was formed in 2009, we have always offered a few budget tours monthly. These are primarily designed to get locals (and anyone living in Jozi), out and about in YOUR city. We believe that Jozi is a place yet to be discovered by her own residents just as much as visitors from afar and so we will always be on hand to show you guys around at a budget-friendly price.

Booking is essential so please email us on or phone us on 011 678 3905
And Don’t Forget……
We do specialise in tailor-made private tours, experiences and team builds for locals, international tourists, corporate groups and schools during the week and on weekends. These are very popular and can be worked around your budget, interests and needs
Saturday 17th May – I Love Shopping- Joburg Inner City Shopping Tour
It’s time for another Past Experiences Shopping Tour!
People come from all over the African continent to shop in the Johannesburg CBD! Past Experiences will show you the best shopping that our fair city has to offer you and guide you through the vibrant and cosmopolitan inner city. You won’t find specials like this anywhere else – material, traditional African blankets (just in time for winter), gorgeous bags, records and so much more! Let us introduce you to this truly remarkable African city shopping extravaganza! Please bring cash as many shops don’t take cards!
Price: R120 pp
Time: 09h30 to 11h30
Meeting Place and parking: Sci-Bono Coffee Shop, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown

Sunday 18th  May - Newtown Graffiti Tour of Fresh 2014 Pillars (Fundraising Tour for Bethesda Childrens Home in Soweto)
Interested in graffiti and street art? Then why not join us on a tour of Newtown’s fantastic graffiti. The famed graffiti pillars under the highway in Newtown were recently redone for the Back to the City Festival and are looking amazing. The tour will look at what graffiti is, major players and the industry in Jozi. The tour will also include a short visit to Two by Two Graffiti Studio in Newtown, where the graffiti -inspired “Media Monster Exhibition” will still be on.

A percentage of funds raised will go to Bethesda Children’s Home in Soweto, a cause very close to our heart! If you have any unwanted toys or clothes at home, we will be collecting on the day. The home is desperate for basic toiletries at the moment- Dettol, toilet paper, soap, nappies (2 years and up), basic non-perishable food items etc so if you have any extra items lying around we will also collect that etc
Price: R120 pp (Students and kids R80)
Time: 09h00 until 11h00
Meeting Place and parking: Sci-Bono Coffee Shop, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown

Sunday 25th May - Soweto Graffiti and Bird Tour with graffiti artist ‘Bias’ and Soweto Bird Expert Raymond Rampolokeng (Details still to be finalised)
On this walking tour, we are celebrating the beauty around us! From the hip graffiti at the Soweto Power Station, to the natural beauty of the wetlands and birds in the surrounding area.
This is a perfect one for the all those people who love taking photos and exploring, and for anyone wanting to learn something new. We have organised two experts to help guide this one, along with one of our Past Experiences guides.
On the graffiti side, we will have one of Joburg’s rising graffiti artists ‘Bias’ who will be telling you more about his art and giving you an insider’s guide to graffiti in Jozi and Soweto.
On the birding front we will have ‘Raymond Rampolokeng’,  from Soweto’s only full time bird watching tour company “Bay of Grace”, to show you the best birding on offer.
Why not make a day out of this and have lunch at the cooling towers followed by a trip to some of Soweto’s top attractions which are all nearby

Price: R210 pp
Time: 09h30 to 12h00 (times are estimates)
Meeting place and parking: Orlando Cooling Towers (Cnr Dynamo Street and Old Potch Road)

Saturday 31st May - Ka’Ching Tour of the Financial District and Tea at the Rand Club

Travel back in time to 1886 and early mining in Johannesburg. We learn about the discovery of gold in this city and the huge impact that it had. The tour takes a look at some of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and we enjoy a relaxed walk past many of the mining houses and banks in Johannesburg. The importance that minerals have played in South Africa’s development is revealed and there is an opportunity to view one of Johannesburg’s earliest mining stopes if time allows.
The tour will also look at some public art, regeneration and architecture and end with Tea and scones at the Rand Club
Price: R160 pp
Time: 09h30 to 11h30 (followed by tea)
Meeting place and parking: Rand Club, cnr Loveday and Fox Street
Saturday 7 June - Graffiti Workshop with ‘Two by Two’ Art Studio
Do you love graffiti? Have you always wanted to give it a go? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you to try out some mad graffiti skills! Join the experts from ‘Two by Two’ as you learn all about the history of graffiti and of course how it is done! And best of all, you will have loads of time to give it a go and get creative with a spray can!
Price: R400 pp
Time: 10h00 until 12h00
Meeting place and parking: Two by Two Art Studio, Gwigwi Mrwebi Street, Newtown
Saturday 21st June - Braamfontein Tour
Braamfontein is fabulous, home to so many great spaces, from the Wits Art Museum to the Neighbourgoods Market. The area is buzzing on a Saturday - so why not join us for a stroll through Braamfontein, looking at its history, exciting regeneration, fabulous public art, bright street art and graffiti?
After the tour, why not stay for a yummy brunch at the Neighbourgoods Market or one of the surrounding coffee shops! The ideal way to spend a relaxed Saturday morning.
Price: R120 pp
Time: 09h00 until 11h00
Meeting Place: Velo Cafe, Shop 2 The Grove, Cnr Juta and Melle Street
Parking: On the surrounding streets or in the Arbour Square Public Parking Lot, On Cnr Juta and Melle Street (entrance on Juta Street)
Disclaimer: Past Experiences is not responsible for any loss, theft, damage to property, injury or death that might occur during any of our tours or events. You are advised to remain vigilant at all times, leave valuables at home and we recommend if you bring a bag, it should be worn across your chest.