Upcoming Tours

The Ruins of Rose Road

Type of Tour

Walking Tour

Date

Saturday, 13th July 2024

Time and Duration

14h00 ( +- 2.5 hours)

Cost

R165 for members

R275 for non members

Max no of people

40

Description

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

The western end of Rose Road in Houghton backs on to The Wilds, and they make comfortable neighbours with low stone walls complementing the natural koppie stone and indigenous flora. However, the entrances to some of the properties on Rose Road are unassuming and almost all that is visible from the street are neglected terrace gardens and long, winding driveways. But what lies beyond these driveways is remarkable…

Join your guide Joy Campkin-Smith for a fascinating walking tour that reveals the hidden secrets of Rose Road, including a Bauhaus modernist house, a rare ‘Egyptian’ Art Deco residence, and a secret garden with hidden passages surrounding a solid 1930s arts and crafts-style home.

Unfortunately, all these homes currently stand empty so we will only be viewing them from the outside. But the ruins of Rose Road are still evocative, ringing with the personalities of the people who built them.

Please note: some of the houses have steep driveways so please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. And bring along plenty of drinking water.

Meeting Place

Rose Road, corner Stone Street, Houghton Estate (beyond the security boom)

Contact Number

060 813 3239

Murder and Madness in the North - Joburg’s Most Infamous Crimes

Type of Tour

Bus Tour

Date

Saturday, 20th July 2024

Time and Duration

13h00 (3 hours)

Cost

R380 for members

R490 for non members

Max no of people

45

Description

Calling all true-crime fans! Hop on board for a bone-chilling bus tour that takes you into the dark underbelly of Joburg’s criminal past.

This abridged version of our popular full-day murder-mystery excursion visits various locations across the northern suburbs to reveal a rogue’s gallery of miscreants and their unfortunate victims.

As we drive, we’ll hear the tragic story of ‘goodtime girl’ Bubbles Schroeder; investigate the mysterious deaths of Hazel Crane and Brett Kebble on adjacent bridges; uncover the grisly story of the Zoo Lake murderer, Ronald Burch, who dismembered his wife’s body; recount the farcical Glazer kidnapping; visit the Stander gang’s hideout in Houghton, and much more besides.

Led by David Fleminger, this is a grizzly trip that you don’t want to miss so book soon before it sells out.

Please note: the bus will depart from Sunnyside Park Hotel, where there is secure parking. Please arrive 15 minutes early so the bus can leave on time. This bus tour will not have any stops and you are welcome to bring along some drinks and snacks. The content matter may not be suitable for young children or those of a sensitive disposition!

Meeting Place

Sunnyside Park Hotel, corner of Princess of Wales Terrace and Carse O Gowrie Rd, Parktown

Contact Number

060 813 3239

Jewel in the crown - Mining on Main Street

Type of Tour

Walking Tour

Date

Saturday, 27th July 2024

Time and Duration

10h00 (2 – 2.5 hours)

Cost

R165 for members

R275 for non members

Max no of people

40

Description

Back in 1886, Main Street in Marshalltown was a dusty marketplace bustling with farmers selling produce from their wagons as well as fortune seekers hoping to strike it lucky on the newly discovered gold field.

Over the years, as the reef yielded its riches, Main Street became home to some of South Africa’s major mining companies, such as Anglo American and General Mining, as well as the powerful Chamber of Mines.

Today, Main Street is partially pedestrianised and hosts a remarkable collection of gold-rush memorabilia, iconic sculptures, public art installations, old mining equipment, and several magnificent architectural achievements.

So, join your guides Clare van Zwieten and Arjen van Zwieten as we take a step back in time to Joburg’s early days, filled with tales of pioneering personalities and the great mining houses they built.

Please wear good walking shoes, a hat and sunblock, and bring along some drinking water. This an inner-city tour and, while we haven’t had any incidents previously, we recommend leaving your valuables at home.

The tour will begin at the Rand Club. No reserved parking is available so it is recommended that you use an Uber or equivalent. After the tour, you are welcome to enjoy a drink or meal at the RC main bar (for your own account).

Meeting Place

The Rand Club, 33 Loveday Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg.

Contact Number

060 813 3239