2 Hour Soweto Tuk Tuk Tour

On our 2 hour tour we introduce you to our area of Orlando West and take you around our neighboring communities. Stop and greet people, get to know the history and how these communities are today. Visit the former migrant workers’ hostel in Mzimhlophe and taste the home brewed beer together with the locals at the shebeen. Experience how migrant workers used to live and see the new developments that are happening today.

Continue the ride through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and proceed to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student's uprising. Thereafter drive down famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live. On the way back to Lebo's cruise along small streets to see the different areas and greet people along the way.

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).


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 to Meadowlands where people were forced removed to from Sophiatown in Johannesburg in the 1950's as the Apartheid state demolished racially integrated areas to segregate people according to skin colour and race.

We thereafter reach 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.



Gallery


Inclusions

  • Guide/driver
  • Traditional beer
  • Lunch - on 10am and 1pm tour only!

Exclusions

  • Museum entrances
  • Drink for lunch


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.

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.


Fitness

N/A

Skills

N/A


Departure point

10823A Pooe Street Orlando West Soweto 1804 South Africa

PICK UP AND DROP OFF SHUTTLE CAN BE ARRANGED WITH YOUR BOOKING FOR ALL LOCATIONS AROUND JOHANNESBURG.

WE ARE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT ROUTE PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE www.sowetobackpackers.com OR CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO.

DIRECTIONS:

From OR Tambo International Airport; Take R24 Johannesburg. Take the Durban/Kimberly off ramp and connect thereafter to M2 W Johannesburg. Take thereafter M1 South, direction Bloemfontein/Soweto. Take exit 7 (Booysen road) and keep left. Turn left at the second traffic-light (Mentz Street) and left at T-junction (Ophir Booysen Rd). Drive straight ahead, you will pass the FNB soccer stadium on your left and then see signs leading you in to Soweto on Soweto Highway (M70). Keep on driving straight ahead. Pass Engen petrol station on your left. Keep straight in the roundabout. After going under the railway bridge turn left at the traffic light into Carr Street. Straight ahead and follow the brown sign "Lebo's Soweto Backpackers" pointing right into Poka street (turning into Ramushu street). Left in to Pooe street. There is a mural-painting at the entrance of the backpacker and it is facing a park.

From Johannesburg; Connect to M1 South direction Bloemfontein/Soweto and follow directions above.

From Pretoria (N1 North); Follow N1 South direction Johannesburg, then take N1 Bloemfontein. Take the Soweto off-ramp N17 and turn right. At the roundabout, take the third exit on to Soweto Highway (M70), direction Elias Motsoaledi / Meadowlands. After going under the railway bridge turn left at the traffic light into Carr Street. Straight ahead and follow the brown sign "Lebo's Soweto Backpackers" pointing right into Poka street (turning into Ramushu street). Left in to Pooe street. There is a mural-painting at the entrance of the backpacker and it is facing a park.

From Kruger area / Witbank/eMahlahleni, coming on N12; Follow N12 Kimberly, take the N1 Pretoria/Roodeport off ramp. Take the Soweto highway off-ramp (M70) leading you in to Soweto, drive straight ahead. Pass Engen petrol station on your left. Keep straight in the roundabout. After going under the railway bridge turn left at the traffic light into Carr Street. Straight ahead and follow the brown sign "Lebo's Soweto Backpackers" pointing right into Poka street (turning into Ramushu street). Left in to Pooe street. There is a mural-painting at the entrance of the backpacker and it is facing a park.

Return point

Same as pick up point.


Conditions

Upon confirmed booking a 50% deposit is required.

Cancellation policy

Cancelled bookings will be treated as follows: 72 hours (3 days’ notice): Full re-fund. 48 hours or less (2 days’ notice): 50% re-fund. 24 hours or less (1 days’ notice): No re-fund.

Please note that should the weather not allow for a bicycle tour to take place we will offer an alternative tour in a vehicle.


Reviews

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   Donald Carr

20 December, 2018
We did the 4hr bicycle tour; it was pretty awesome to explore a subset of Soweto and to see the various (and varied) areas and the people that populate them. Our guide (the media manager for the backpackers) was funky, with a really nice vibe to him and a lot of insight into the history of the country, the locality and the terrain. I appreciate this initiative and think it contributes to the overall health of the country.
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   Madjid HARFOUCHE

3 March, 2019
I did it 6 times with friends and family visiting us the last 3 years. It's always nice and we'll organised.
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   NAMAYA ART-RAT-FOR-PEACE

19 January, 2019
Truly, remarkable. I was initially reluctant. A bike tour of a slum? That felt too weird and decadent. Especially, as a white middle class folks, checking out the hood. When we got to Lebo's we were warmly welcomed by the staff. Friendly and very engaging. We did some of the welcome stuff like singing a song and introducing ourselves. Then we went on the bike tour. Remember! JoBurg is 5700 feet (about 2K M)! Huffing and puffing on our creaky bikes with marginal brakes! But the tour guides were terrific. One in the front of the pack and the other trailing behind. My wife pedals slow and the staff stayed with her, and made sure she was safe. Then we toured around all of Soweto, from the deeply impoverished part of the township to the middle class section. The middle class section felt like Compton/ East LA without the barking dogs. The tours were well organized, guides very knowledgeable, and committed to this work. We also met the folks who are working on Social Enterprise. Then at the end they prepared a delicious vegetarian lunch! Meat was available. Very nice setting. The toilets were meticulously clean. I gained a lot of understanding about Soweto and even felt a bit hopeful. The staff was superb! We are looking forward to coming back
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   Asgarie Abdulla

6 March, 2019
CULTURALLY EYE OPENING I had been to Lebos backpackers in order to go on their bike tour around Soweto. the bike tour I opted for was the 4Hour bike tour with lunch inclusive . this tour begins and ends at the backpackers and it was my HIGHLIGHT whilst I was in Johannesburg . they began by cycling past the Soweto towers , then onto local schools , eateries , mandalas house , hector Peterson memorial and ended at a local bar . they gave us traditionally local snacks on the way called " amagwinya" with some mango pickle - it was delicious ! and the lunch at the end was so fulfilling . I would highly recommend this experience to everyone who want to experience the heart of South Africa
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   Sharri-Lee Jadoo-Adams

4 February, 2019
First time in Soweto, I enjoyed the bicycle tour, I will definately go again but do a more leisurely tour with my kids. I think as a South African open to many truly authentic South African adventures, this was GOLD! The tour guides were lovely, the atmosphere they created...all amazing! Thank you for the experience😘 The rest is left for you to experience
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