Price from: R685 pp for our Tour-only guests
Duration: 4 Hours
On our half day (4 hrs tour) we introduce you to Soweto’s famous historical sites as well as the hidden spots around. Get introduced to Soweto’s history and life today, learn some of the local phrases and then cruise around greeting people. Get a taste of Soweto by stopping at the local shebeen for some home brew, be brave and taste the popular cow-cheek meat "Inyama ye nhlonko" and buy snacks as we pass street stalls selling fruit, "ice-lollies" and township popcorn "AmaKipkip". The tour will teach you about Soweto during Apartheid, freedom fighters struggle for freedom, political icons and today’s life and culture in a democratic South Africa.
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).
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 to the vibrant community of Meadowlands famous for the forced removals from Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the 1950’s. At this stop the guide will take you through the history how people were forced removed and segregated.
We continue from here to cruise our way along the small streets of the township, stopping at street stalls selling popular township snacks, fruit and “ice lollies”.
The tour thereafter stops by one of Soweto’s few “mansions” owned by jazz musician Abigail Khubeka who used to perform with “Mama Africa” – Miriam Makeba. Hear the guide singing a few of her tunes and sing along if you know them!
The tour continues to the Hector Pieterson Memorial commemorating the student’s uprisings on 16 June 1976. Walk through the memorial site to view the monuments as well as the iconic picture of the young learner Hector Pieterson, shot and killed by police as they opened fire on hundreds of students peacefully demonstrating against the Apartheid regime and its education system.
Back in the Tuk Tuk the tour proceeds to the only street in the world which has been home to two Nobel Peace Prize winners – Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. Stop outside their homes to learn more about their lives and their contribution to the struggle.
To give you a view of the different faces of Soweto the guide will drive through the little suburb called “Beverly Hills of Soweto”. We thereafter come back to the busy street life making the way back to Lebo's cruising the streets, greeting people and taking in more impressions of the township.
Same as pick up point.
Same as pick up point.