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Feast your eyes on Joburg’s purple canopy

During October and November every year Joburg is turned into a riot of deep purple with the Jacarandas in full bloom. From a high vantage point like Munro Drive or the Westcliff steps, the whole of northern Johannesburg from the Parktown Ridge to Sandton, is tinged with a dramatic blanket of blue.  Join the Johannesburg [...]

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Discover hidden pockets of Joburg with the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation runs weekly tours usually on Saturday afternoons. What makes them special is that they explore interesting parts of Johannesburg, often include unusual places and spaces that are off-the-tourist-route, and they are often walking tours. They also sometimes do bus tours (like the Parktown Garden Tour on Sun 17th Feb and the [...]

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Jozi walking tours

On Saturday 17th November there is a Johannesburg Heritage Foundation walk (2 hours) past 2 homes in Parktown: Brenthurst, & Timewell with a visit to Etunzini.  [Unfortunately this tour is for members only but there is still time to join. Phone Eira on (011) 482-3349] Back to the tour ..  Brenthurst was designed by Baker [...]

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Not long before the streets of Joburg’s Parks region are covered in canopies of purple

Yes .. it’s jacaranda time again and already some of the trees along the streets of the older suburbs of the Joburg have a purplish tinge to them.   My weekly walks in Westcliff  offer glorious views from the top of the famous ‘Westcliff steps’,  so loved by mountaineers training for climbing ‘Killi’.   (My aspirations are [...]

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Another exciting new Joburg tour: Wits on 20th October

Coming up on the 20th October is a tour of the Wits campus. Apart from seeing a range of architectural styles from different decades of the 20th Century, the east campus offers insight into the original planning and layout of the core early buildings  while the west campus offers interesting examples of adaptive re-use  in [...]

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