2 Hour Soweto Bicycle Tour

Price from: R515.00 pp

Duration: 2 Hours

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. Get the opportunity to have a taste of Soweto by tasting the home brewed beer at the local shebeen as well as some local treats at the street market. Cycle through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and continue to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student's uprising, proceed to the famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live. Cycle back to Lebo's where we invite you to chill and relax with a drink or two.

LUNCH INCLUDED:

Both the 2 hours and 4 hours tour includes lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at our “Outdoor Restaurant” with seating in the community park. The meal is a delicious African stew cooked the traditional way – over the fire – served with the popular staple - Pap (maize porridge).

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Itinerary

Start at Lebo's Soweto Backpackers and get to the first stop which is a look out point of Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township including the famous soccer team Orlando Pirates home-ground - Orlando Stadium while the guide takes you through the history of Soweto as well as current developments and life today. Learn one of the many greetings to interact with people along the way!

Our next stop is at Mzhimhlope Men's hostel - a former migrant workers hostel. The guide will take you through how mostly men from around the country moved in to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, the conditions these men lived in and how the area has now transformed to a community part of Soweto. In this area, many are still practicing many of the African customs and traditions which you will learn more about.

The tour continues via Meadowlands to the Hector Pieterson memorial commemorating the student’s uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youth lost their life when protesting against the Apartheid education system.

We continue to Vilakazi street where we stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu to learn more about these icons contribution to a free and democratic South Africa. This is the last stop of the tour and we thereafter continue the cycle back to Lebo’s where you can take in more of Soweto, the community and its people.

Location

Depart

Same as pick up point.

Return

Same as pick up point.

Inclusions

  • Bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Traditional beer
  • Lunch - on 10am and 1pm tour only!

Exclusions

  • Museum entrances
  • Drink for lunch

What should I bring?

  • Camera.
  • Sun block.
  • Rain jacket (during our rainy season: November-March).
  • Pocket money for additional snacks on the road or souvenirs at the market.

What should I wear?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra sweater or rain jacket
  • In winter (June-August): A couple of layers with a jacket or jersey as winter mornings starts of quite cold but as the day goes the weather usually warms up.

How fit do I need to be?

  • Light to moderate fitness, people of all ages are suited for these tours.
  • No tour is cycling for the duration of the tour as there are many stops included.
  • qA few hills here and there are to be expected.

What skills do I need?

  • You need to have cycled before.
  • For those who feel a little uncertain on their cycling skills we have tandem bicycles to offer.

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