Rooftop Gardening Tour

9am-1pm on selected Saturdays
In a city with many vacant and derelict spaces, urban farming is showing huge potential in terms of urban regeneration.

Whether it is an underused public park, a disused bowling green, a series of old industrial buildings or even a rooftop, urban farming can bring new life to previously forgotten spaces.

On this tour, we visit three different inner-city farms where you get to learn more about the challenges, potential, and methods used to farm right where the demand for fresh produce is: in the heart of the city.

You also get to buy some produce, juices and more from the urban farms.

We have added the fantastic Siyakhana urban farm in Bezuidenthout Park to this tour. Guests also get to visit the Bezuidenhout family cemetery next to the homestead of the original Doornfontein farm.

This way, guests also learn more about the farming history in this area even before gold was
discovered and Johannesburg was founded.


9am: Meet at the Thunder Walker at Gandhi Square for introductory
talk about urban farming

9:20am: Drive to Siyakhana urban farm in Bezuidenhout Park (Bez
Valley, near Bruma).

9:45am: FIRST STOP: Arrive at Siyakhana urban farm, additional intro by
our tour guide and by urban farmer

10am: Explore Siyakhana and buy fresh produce

10:45am: Depart for Victoria Yards, Lorentzville

11am: SECOND STOP: Victoria Yards (urban farm incorporated into a
art precinct and regeneration project). Opportunity to buy
coffee and snacks here.

11:45: Depart for Bambanani Bertrams Inner-city Farm at Ellis Park

12:00: THIRD STOP: Betrams Inner-city Farm: meet the farmer, Refilwe,
explore and opportunity to buy fresh juices and produce.

12:45. Depart to return to the Thunder Walker

13:00. Arrive at Scatterlings Restaurant at the Thunder Walker.
Opportunity to enjoy lunch here for your own account (not
included in tour price)