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Tour of The 1897 House

(Joburg’s Oldest) called ‘The View’
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“people centric” experiences

Popular Price
R 300
Price Range
R 250
~ 350

Come and join us for the tour to one of the oldest houses in Joburg, if not the oldest. Tour operates once a month on a Friday. ( Contact Kennedy to find out when the next tour operates)

Designed and built by Charles Aburrow in 1897 for Sir Thomas Major Cullinan (well known for founding the Premier Mines outside of Pretoria, where the largest diamond in the world was found in 1905). Cullinan town east of Pretoria was named after him.

The Cullinan diamond was sold to the British Royal by the SA government in 1907 and was cut into 9 major pieces which form part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom i.e. the Sovereign’s Spectre with Cross (on the Queen’s crown), the Imperial State Crown etc.

‘The View’ bears witness to the opulent life of the early Rand Lords during this colourful era of Joburg. The house is typically Victorian in Style, built from burnt red bricks with a corrugated iron roof, wooden balconies and large bay windows.

A modest home for the mining magnate of his caliber. He lived here for nearly 40 years. The View is currently home to the Scottish Regiment headquarters and serves as a museum with WWI and WWII artifacts.

About your host

Kennedy Tembo is the Ambassador of adventure in Joburg. He founded Microadventure Tours in 2017 to connect Joburgers with experiences outside of their comfort zone that are right in their backyard. A fitness fanatic himself (he has run Comrades and Ironman and pioneered the race to the top of Africa’s tallest residential building, The Ponte Challenge), Kennedy’s tours include cycle rides through Joburg and around the scenic Cradle of Humankind as well as trips to tackle adventurous hiking routes in the Drakensberg mountains

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