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Experience Johannesburg's many cultural attractions on a city walking tour. Begin your journey at the Carlton Centre observation deck, enjoying panoramic views from atop Joburg's tallest skyscraper. Next stroll down the pedestrian Main Street Mall and learn about its mining past before stopping at Ghandi Square, a major travel hub. Visit Newtown, a neighborhood known for its incredible street art and home to Museum Africa, displaying items and artifacts from around the continent. Peruse its collection, then continue on to Market Theatre, a produce market with a unique Apartheid history. 


  • 5-hour Johannesburg cultural walking tour, led by a friendly local guide
  • Walk through Main Street Mall and pose for pictures in front of Ghandi Square’s art display
  • Walk through Main Street Mall and pose for pictures in front of Ghandi Square’s art exhibition
  • Explore Newtown precinct, and visit Museum Africa and Market Theatre at Mary Fitzgerald Square
  • Tour SAB World of Beer and finish with drinks in the Tap Room

What You Can Expect

Johannesburg Walking Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck, Museum Africa and Market Theatre

Jozi by Foot

Leave your Johannesburg hotel by air-conditioned minibus and then head to the Carlton Centre – the city’s tallest skyscraper that towers at a height of 732 feet (233 meters). Take the elevator up to the observation deck on the 50th floor, and admire 360-degree views over the city.

Head down and take to the streets for your walking tour, strolling along pavements lined with both historic and new buildings. Walk through Main Street Mall, where the architecture resembles old mining buildings, and then stop in Ghandi Square to pose for photos in front of a colorful art display that celebrates Johannesburg’s multicultural roots.

Continue to Newtown, the quirky neighborhood that’s known as the cultural hub of Johannesburg, with a multitude of sightseeing opportunities. Start with a walk around Mary Fitzgerald Square -- one of South Africa’s last colonial compounds – and soak up its bustling ambiance as you weave through the crowds. Head inside Museum Africa to learn about Africa’s indigenous people on a tour, and then stop to admire its collection of Pre-Raphaelite and Impressionist paintings with your guide.

Continue to Market Theatre, located in the city’s old fruit and vegetable market, and hear how it was one of the few places where all races could mingle freely during the difficult Apartheid era.

Board your minibus for a drop-off at your Johannesburg hotel.

Customer Reviews

Peter B

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

The guide was very approachable and explained things well. The only problem was the slight rush to get round the museums and exhibits, which were really interesting. The tour began at 9, and it would be better with an 8.30 start to take the pressure off.


3 star rating: Worth doing September 2015

The tour guide was very informative and it was a good way to see some of the city sights.

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