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Head out to the famous suburb Orlando West and get a unique experience. Get to know Soweto by walking the streets and learn the township lingo – Tsotsi Taal, join our tours – cycling or walking, play soccer with the locals and watch the big games.

Volunteer in one of our community projects and meet people that make development happen. Take a walk to museums, restaurants and shebeens. Visit the church and sing to the gospel tunes. Enjoy a delicious braai around the camp fire and dance to the local beats from drums and kwaito music.

We're proud to be one of the few black-owned backpackers and one of the few backpackers in a black community in South Africa.

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Get out of the car and experience Soweto by bike!

This popular, eco-friendly and exciting township tour takes you around the streets of Soweto. Go out with our local guides for a half or a full day cycling tour around the community and get to know what makes this township unique. Have a taste of Soweto, eat our local burger - Kota, stop at the shebeen and enjoy the traditional beer with the people. Go home with a different perception of the township.
We offer pick up and drop off from Johannesburg. For directions to us, please visit Lebo's Soweto Backpackers.

 

2 HOUR SOWETO BICYCLE TOUR

A shorter tour of Soweto that will take you to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto. Visit the formal migrant workers hostel and be introduced to conditions of male mine workers and meet the families that live here today. Cycle through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and continue to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, historical landmark of the 1976 student uprising. Cycle back to Lebo's and enjoy a drink or two.

PRICE:
R250 pp for our Backpacker guests
R300 pp for our "Tour-only" guests

TOUR DETAILS:
Tour departs at 10am or at 1pm, alternatively 2pm.
Minimum of 2 people

 

4 HOUR SOWETO BICYCLE TOUR

Experience this exciting and eco-friendly tour around the streets of Soweto. Go out for a half day cycling adventure around the township and get to know the different communities and its history. Go to places such as a former migrant workers hostel for men. Here you will be introduced to the culture and life today by our local site guide. Continue to Meadowlands, famous for the forced removals from Sophiatown in the 1950's. Cycle through historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson.
You will also cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. Stop for a local lunch for a Kota (township burger) and finish the tour off at the local shebeen, have a drink, play pool and dance to kwaito music. This tour gives you insight about Soweto's many different faces, the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against Apartheid. You will also see and learn how the communities have changed and developed to what it is today.

PRICE:
R300 pp for our Backpacker guests
R350 pp for our "Tour-only" guests

TOUR DETAILS:
Our morning tour starts at 10am.
Our afternoon tour starts at 1pm.
Minimum of 2 people

 

FULL DAY SOWETO BICYCLE TOUR

To see and learn more about Soweto's history, its people and life today, take this full day experience of cycling through Soweto. The tour offers a lot of stops for you to have both a relaxed and adventurous tour.
The tour offers you visit to all historical landmarks around our part of Soweto as well as some of the hidden spots.
Learn about the women's struggle by visiting the home of former president of ANC Women's League Lilian Ngoyi. Stop at the only hostel created for working women, today families stay together in the housing units.
Go inside the Hector Pieterson Museum and get in-depth knowledge about Soweto's history and the students uprisings. Have a nice local lunch and cycle to the shebeen to have a drink and chat with our people.
This tour gives you the stories of the struggle, a taste of local food and drinks, and a full day adventure cycling the streets of Soweto!

PRICE:
R400 pp for our Backpacker guests
R450 pp for our "Tour-only" guests

TOUR DETAILS:
Tour starts at 10am.
Duration: 7 - 8 hours.
Minimum of 2 people

 

KLIPTOWN SOWETO BICYCLE TOUR

In the early 1900's people were moved to the area called Klipspruit Valley and Kliptown. Here, people of all races shared the land. During Apartheid this was the only area around Johannesburg where African people could own a piece of land.
In 1955 anti-Apartheid organisations fighting for democracy in South Africa gathered and signed the Freedom Charter. Today the Charter is the foundation for the country's constitution.
Despite developments in Soweto, the residents of Kliptown still live in difficult conditions where basic services such as housing, electricity and water are urgently needed. In the face of these challenges, there are many people in the community who are fighting for their rights and creating facilities, especially for the young ones. Soweto Kliptown Youth, SKY, is an organisation working in the area, engaging the youth in arts and culture activities such as theatre and dance, education with the aim of creating a more positive lifestyle.
On the bicycle tour you will cycle through Kliptown with a guide who lives in the area. You will learn more about Kliptow's history, meet people from the area and learn about life today. You will also have the opportunity to meet leaders and youth members of SKY and be introduced to their work and activities.
This tour will give you an alternative, up close and personal experience of Soweto and Kliptown.

PRICE:
R300 pp for our Backpacker guests
R350 pp for our "Tour-only" guests

TOUR DETAILS:
Tour starts 1:00pm
Duration: 3 hours
Minimum of 2 people

 

Contact

Tel: 011 936 3444

Mail: lebo@sowetobackpackers.com

Web: www.sowetobicyletours.com

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