Soweto Walking Tour 3 Hours

Price from: R395.00 pp

Duration: 3 Hours

See Soweto on foot on this interactive stroll around the township. We will greet and talk to people as we go and take in the history from the various sites on route.

Visit places such as the former men’s hostel in Mzhimhlope and learn about the history of mine workers and the conditions they lived in. Continue walking to the Hector Pieterson Memorial site and learn about the Student’s Uprisings on 16 June 1976. Walk down Vilakazi street to view the former home of Nelson Mandela as well as where Bishop Desmond Tutu lives. Stop at a local shebeen for a refreshing drink and walk back to Lebo's where you can chill and relax.

LUNCH INCLUDED:

The walking 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. Stop at the local shebeen and share a calabash with home brewed beer with the locals. Have another local taste by stopping at the local outlet selling the popular cow cheek meat - "Inyama ye nhlonko".

We thereafter walk 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.

Before walking back to Lebo's we will make a quick stop at the popular shebeen/pub The Shack for an energy boost and refreshment. We then continue our walk 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

  • Guide
  • Home brewed beer
  • Local snack

Exclusions

  • Museum entrances
  • Drink at the shebeen
  • Additional snacks
  • 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.
  • Hat for sunny days.
  • 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?

  • Moderate fitness required.

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