What to expect
The Dlala Nje Ponte Experience offers a unique insight into one of the city’s most notorious buildings. Find out how the 54 storey concrete tube on the hill went from home for the city’s elite to slum and now haven for the city’s middle class. Packed with history and a tremendous view of the city, this tour is not to be missed!
What you’ll need
Camera, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
Where we’ll be
1 Lily Ave, Berea, Johannesburg, 2198
This tour leaves daily at 12 pm and finishes at 1pm . Booking essential
About your host
FranckFranck Leya is a tour guide for Dlala Nje. A Congolese refugee that fled the civil war at the end of the nineties, he’s called South Africa his home for over a decade. Its hard to believe that he’s only a teenager but you’ll struggle to find a character with a bigger heart or more lust for life. He’s a true example of determination and experience and in many ways the embodiment of the Jo’burg story. You can arrive with barely nothing and build up a successful life for yourself.
In many ways he’s an inspiration for people that encounter him on tours. As he talks about Hillbrow and Yeoville of old, he relishes telling everybody how the place is changing from hovel to home. And from slum to suburb.
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