Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Joburg City Festival 25th-31st August 2013

The City of Joburg will be playing host to an action packed Inner City Festival from August 25th to 31st. The festival includes dance, theatre, coffee, food, sport and of course tours with us Past Experiences!

We have scheduled 4 additional fun tours over the week long period so check these out:

25th August- Newtown Graffiti Walk

This tour focuses on the Street Art and Graffiti in the
Newtown area. This walking tour will look at art by numerous local and
international artists that have contributed to this unique industry in Joburg.
Price: R110
Time: 10h00 until 12h00
Meeting Place: Sci-Bono Coffee Shop (Miriam Makeba
Address and Parking: Sci-Bono Parking Lot, Miriam Makeba
Street (across from the SAB World of Beer)
For more info or to book, email us on or phone us on 011 678 3905

29th August: Phuza Braamfontein- Pub Crawl

Braamfontein has so many great bars
all within walking distance of each other, so why not join us for a late
ramble and tour, taking in these watering holes and focusing
on Braamfontein’s regeneration and a bit of history. Stops include historic
bars and the vibiest Inner City shebeen. After the Meander you can stay in
Braamies for a bite to eat and then party the night away!
Price: R100
Time: 18h00 to 20h00
Great Dane, Cnr Juta and De Beer
Address and Parking:
Streets surrounding Braamfontein
Past Experiences does not endorse drinking
and driving. We strongly recommend a sober designated driver or the use of a
taxi company.

For more info or to book, email us on or phone us on 011 678 3905

31st August- Saturday- Spicy Fordsburg Tour

“We have a variety of people living here- from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria and now even from other parts of Africa. The lovely thing about all this is that everyone brings a bit of their culture, and it’s all blended and works well together here in Fordsburg. We have what we call the “square”, which is the hub of commercial activity. Here you will find different shops owned by people of different nationalities. Fordsburg was always multilayered and very cosmopolitan, and in that sense it hasn’t changed much. It’s a very mixed culture, and it makes you see a different side to South Africa”.


Essop Bahana (The Joburg Book-Nechama Brodie (Ed)


Johannesburg is home to so many cultures and we want to help you experience them all. Join Past Experiences for a relaxing Saturday Afternoon walk and shopping tour. We will take in Fordsburg’s history and buildings. We will then stop by the famous Fordsburg market where you can pick up beautiful clothes, henna, incense and much more. The shops in Fordsburg can’t be beat and we will then take them in- from delicious sweetmeats wrapped in beautiful boxes, to fresh home made Indian snacks. The food is really to die for! Why not buy a fresh coconut to sip while you walk round the area and don’t forget the Hindu prayer shops- buy beautiful trinkets and holy statues. We will end off at about 17h30 at one of Fordsburg’s best restaurants for a delicious early dinner. You are then most welcome to walk around the market some more (it’s open till late), have a traditional barbers shave, have your eye brows threaded or make your way home. We cannot recommend this experience enough.


Price: R110


Time: 15h30 until 17h15


Meeting Spot: Train on Junction of Mint and Central Road, Fordsburg


Parking: please arrive a few minutes before meeting time to find parking in surrounding streets


Booking is essential. To book or for more info please email us on or phone us on 011 678 3905.

31 August- Saturday -Soweto Picnic and Photo walk in the Park

Experience Soweto like a local and join Past
for a Rea Vaya Bus trip, walking tour and picnic at
Soweto’s Thokoza Park and a visit to one of our favourite historical and
community sites, Regina Mundi Church.
Thokoza Park
is an important community space, beautifully kept by City Parks and used by
Soweto residents to play, exercise, relax and even pose for wedding photos.
Regina Mundi has for many years played an important role in the surrounding
area. Famous for its role in the 1976 Uprising and subsequent years
of struggle this fantastic space and its photographic collection is always
worth a visit.
This is aimed at photographers, but everyone is welcome to join!
Please bring
a picnic for yourselves (light refreshments/ snacks and drinks are available in
the nearby shops).
This tour
will meet in Newtown and we will take the public bus system (Rea Vaya) out to
Price: R120 (includes Rea Vaya, Transport, Regina
Mundi Donation and Tour)
(Picnic at your own cost)
09h30 until about 14h00 (Times
are estimates as we are using public transport)
Meeting place: Outside
Sci-Bono on Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown (across from the SAB World of Beer)
Parking: Sci-Bono
parking lot on Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown (across from the SAB World of
For more info or to book, email us on or phone us on 011 678 3905

 For more details on the Festival

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Tour of L Ron Hubbards House in Linksfield

A little known Joburg fact, is the strong connection that this city shares with Scientology-in fact its founder L Ron Hubbard lived in Johannesburg for a short time, in the most beautiful house in Linksfield!

Recently I joined the curator of this house which is now a Scientology Heritage site for a tour. It was so interesting to learn more about the man and movement- I am no way affiliated with the religion but it is always interesting to learn about other belief systems. The house documents its founders life and Puneet, the Curator and Tour Guide was so fascinating.

I also have a HUGE OBSESSION with Mid Century Modern and design from the 1950's to 1970's and this house is the perfect example. Restored beautifully to what it looked like when L Ron Hubbard lived their in the 1960's, this house has the most beautiful carpets, furniture, wood panelled walls and floors. The architecture and view are also breath-taking.

If you are looking for something fun to do- why not take a visit to the house- it is so fascinating and well worth it.

Contact Details:

Puneet Dhamija- Director
L. Ron Hubbard House on Linksfield Ridge
0110 540 540
073 505 9832