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Past Experiences

Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 678 3905
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Street art walk and Soweto

The best decision to choose PAST Experiences. Jo was so passionate for her hometown and had so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Yvonne H
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Mannheim
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Unique Guide for an Amazing Region

Jo was simply excellent as a tour guide on multiple levels. First of all, her friendly, warm... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
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Past Experiences: THE ORIGINAL JOBURG WALKING TOUR COMPANY Past Experiences was started in March 2009 Our inspiration came from our love for South Africa, Johannesburg, its Inner City, people, culture, past and very bright future. Past Experiences specialise in walking and public transport tours of the City of Johannesburg and Soweto- no stuffy tour busses needed, its time to get on the streets and meet the locals. The communities we work with are very important and we try wherever possible to involve them and local community driven projects. Our passion is to share Jozi with South Africa and the world in an enjoyable and entertaining way. Our tours are conducted by expert Tour Guides whose passion for Joburg and South Africa is unquestionable. We offer an extensive choice of experiences and tours including topics such as graffiti, public art, Political history, traditional African culture, migrant communities, street food, shopping tours with a difference and so much more.We also offer specialised archaeological tours lead by a registered archaeologist.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best decision to choose PAST Experiences. Jo was so passionate for her hometown and had so much information for us. It was a perfect day!

Thank Yvonne H
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much! I had a great time with you guys too. Hope you have enjoyed the rest of your trip xx

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Jo was simply excellent as a tour guide on multiple levels. First of all, her friendly, warm, upbeat demeanor got our visit off to a very positive start....and then her diverse academic background and deep love of Joburg made her the perfect person for both...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

D+J, thank you so much for this amazing and warm review. I really really appreciate. I only wish there was a platform to rate amazing clients like you....its a 5* rating btw. Hope to see you on a trip soon and If I ever get...More

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Jo is an amazing guide to discover Johannesburg. We visited many different areas and she is very passionate and knowledgeable about the city and its history. She will point out to many very cool spots to hang out, grab lunch or a coffee, or go...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Aaah! Such kind words! Thank you so so so much for this. Jo xx

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Jo is a fantastic story teller who shared her insights about graffiti and how Jozi is changing while showing us graffiti in alleys, under overpasses, on buildings and walls in 3 different neighborhoods. Amazing way to see corners of Johannesburg which locals and visitors probably...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Thank you so so so much for this! Such amazing kind word. Was so lovely taking you around xxxx

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Reviewed 12 January 2017

Johannesburg is an incredible and underrated city. What a treat to experience it with someone who knows it, loves it, sees it for all its potential and problems, and is so excited by it. We were blown away by the developments that are in progress,...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2017

Wow...Thanks for such kind words about the tour...and the city. It was such a pleasure to take you around! Hope the rest of your trip was awesome Jo xx

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

I cannot say enough about Jo Buitenbach as a tour guide. I feel I got a sense of Johannesburg and of South Africa that was unique and completely personal. I spent 2 days with Jo, the first in Soweto, which was a very interesting experience...More

Thank Susan L
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2016

Hi Susan Thanks so much for such an awesome review! I had so much fun with you in Soweto and the city....it felt like hanging around with a friend. You definitely have a friend when you come back to Joburg xx

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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Jo was joined by the very talented artist Mars to share the vibe of the Maboneng Precinct and especially the wonderful graffiti art with us. We started and ended in the Arts on Main area where urban renewal is already well under way and then...More

Thank Brendan H
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 2016

Hi Brendan Thank you so much for taking time to write such a kind and personal review. I have shared it with Mars and Ray. We loved having you and your open minded and inquisitive family join us. Hope to see you all again very...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2016

We spent a full day walking around downtown Johannesburg with Jo Buitenbach, owner of Past Experiences. The tour far exceeded our expectations; it was a high point of our trip to Africa. We spent part of our time touring public art sites, especially graffiti art,...More

Thank Lynne W
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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Hi Lynne Thanks so much for this amazing review! So kind and really really appreciated. I had such a great day out with you too. Come back soon. Jo xx

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Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Have done two walks with past experiences and hope to do more... It has taken me two months to write this review but the walk is very much fresh in my mind. In fact in the kids minds too (age 5&8) ... 'Mum look there's...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Thank you so much for these very kind words. Such a personal and appreciated review. We loved having you and your kids along. They were so lovely on the Westdene walk and kept me entertained ;-) So glad you loved the architecture walk too, its...More

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Reviewed 11 April 2016

I did a Graffiti tour with Jo, she is awesome!!! she knows what she is talking about. She knows about graffiti history and about graffiti and street art in Johannesburg. It is a different side of the city, I recommend it even if you are...More

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PastExperiences, Owner at Past Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2016

Hi Claudia Thanks for this fab review! Really appreciated and so glad you were able to learn about and see more of our amazing graffiti! Thanks for being so open minded and really "getting" what we do! You are the awesome one ;-)

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GiantBird
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Response from PastExperiences | Property representative |
You can book via email, the address is on the website, it wont let me add it here (sorry). The majority of our tours are booked according to clients availability, interests etc, so are tailor-made, hence no online booking. I... More
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