Celebrating 123 years of existence this year, Windybrow House, is a heritage protected mansion, located in the city centre's infamous neighbourhood, Hillbrow. This neighbourhood used to be a cosmopolitan hub, where people from different cultural backgrounds would come together for both business and leisure. This experience is a great introduction into understanding the history of Johannesburg.
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Celebrating 123 years of existence this year, Windybrow House, is a heritage protected mansion, located in the city centre's infamous neighbourhood, Hillbrow. This neighbourhood used to be a cosmopolitan hub, where people from different cultural backgrounds would come together for both business and leisure.
In the 1970s it was an Apartheid-designated "whites only" area, which meant the mixing of ethnicities was forbidden. Subsequently, the government decided to remove all services, infrastructure and investment in the area, which would end up being the catalyst for the rapid urban decline.
Today, the majority of the residents are incoming migrants from informal settlements (townships), rural areas and the rest of Africa, many living in abject poverty. An urban regeneration programme is underway. There are street markets, mainly used by local residents, and the Windybrow Heritage House is very much assisting in re-generating the neighbourhood.
Take this Heritage tour to and see Johannesburg's history through the eyes of this building.
Duration: 1 hour
Includes: drink and local traditional meal
Why: Great introduction and starting point for exploring this infamous neighbourhood. Add on experiences available for you to delve deeper and walk the streets.
Day: Monday to Friday (Private bookings) Sunday available
Time: 09 am to 6 pm
Price: R150 per person for once guest R300 public
Minimum booking: 1 person
Restriction : N/A
Entrance to the building.
If you're a local (or visiting SA), go do this tour! You need to see and understand Joburg from this perspective - starting with a conversation, Franck took us back to the days of mining, when the city welcomed all those who were ready to hustle hard for their dreams. This context gave way to the understanding of the Afropolitan city we now know today as Johannesburg. Fast forward to the heart of Yeoville, where the continent is represented by the countless number of African restaurants that line the bustling streets. This was truly a taste of Africa, where we sat together and united over all the continent has to offer. Not to be missed!