- Booking Type Instant Booking
- duration hours
- tour type Group
- age requirement 6+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Discover the real Soweto through its rich history and cultural diversity
- Cycle the colourful streets and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city of gold
- Ride down Vilakazi Street and past the sites of the 1976 student uprisings
- Enjoy the atmosphere of a local Soweto shebeen bar over a drink and a game of pool
Cycle straight into the soul of South Africa on this Johannesburg tour through the streets of iconic Soweto. See where Mandela once called home, cycle past Desmond Tutu's current digs, and hit a local shebeen bar for a cool drink and a game of pool.
Discover the colour, energy, and history of vibrant Soweto during this Johannesburg bike tour. Hop on two wheels to explore the streets of the colourful region that more than three million people call home. As we ride along, your local guide will take you through the history of Soweto as well as into current developments and life today. With locals speaking all of the 11 official languages of South Africa, see if you can pick up a few local phrases to greet people while riding through the streets.
It'll be about a 60 to 90-minute drive to the start point of our Soweto tour (depending on traffic and pick-up points). Once we've gathered up our group, we'll meet for some pre-cycling preparation, then take our wheels to the streets! We’ll start at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and head to our first stop: a look-out point that takes in Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township, including the home grounds of the famous soccer team, the Orlando Pirates. From there, our next stop is Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel – a former migrant workers’ hostel. You’ll learn how men from around the country moved to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, and the conditions they lived in — as well as how this area has now transformed to become a Soweto community today. In this area, many locals still practice traditional African customs, and you’ll learn all about their beliefs and traditions.
Your Soweto tour then continues via Meadowlands to the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, commemorating the uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youths lost their lives while protesting the Apartheid education system.
From there, we’ll continue on to Vilakazi Street, where we’ll stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home, and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, to learn more about these icons’ contributions to a free and democratic South Africa. This will be the last stop of the tour, and from there, we’ll cycle back to Lebo’s, where you can take in more of Soweto, the community, and its people.
Note that the cycling portion of this tour will be about two hours. The full duration time of the tour is to cover pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as pre-cycle preparation time.
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Cancellation for this Cycle Soweto tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.Payment
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Cycle Soweto tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Cycle Soweto tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.Meeting start point : Centrally located hotels in Johannesburg. Meeting end point : Centrally located hotels in Johannesburg.