Working on the same tips-based model as the popular Sandemans free walking tours in Europe and the United States, Johannesburg Free Walking Tours is run by Nielsen Tours and is staffed by a team of young, enthusiastic locals who are ready and waiting to take visitors on a walk of the Joburg inner city, every day of the year, come rain or shine.
Tours leave from the City Sightseeing bus help desk at Park Station (look out for the guides carrying large Free Walking Tours-branded umbrellas) three times a day and there are two different routes to choose from. The 105-minute city centre route (leaves daily at 10.30am and 1pm) traces a path through Joburg’s most prominent historical landmarks such as the City Hall, Johannesburg Library and the many beautiful old buildings that line pedestrianised Main Street in the old mining district.
The 90-minute walk (leaves daily at 3.30pm) takes visitors on a walk through the lively student district of Braamfontein with its abundant street art, cafe culture, and clothing stores and contemporary art galleries.
Although tours are free, the guides make their money from tips. Tip your guide an amount that matches what you think the experience was worth paying for.