Get close and personal with one of the world’s most famous townships, Soweto, the original home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Experience the vibrant streets, the rainbow-colored graffiti, greet the young ones and the ghetto men and pick up some ghetto lingo, all through a Soweto bicycle tour.
You have a choice of 2 hours or 4 hours bicycle tour depending on your enthusiasm and fitness levels. If you don’t feel up to the challenge, cruise the streets in the petal-colored Tuk Tuks or just stroll through the streets giving random high-fives to the Sowetans or gladly throw a ‘sawubona’ to the locals.
The most exciting part of the Soweto bicycle tour are the Kwaito music rhythms in the streets and people, both young and old, shouting greetings to you in different languages, young children running after you as you bike to get a high-five.
The guides, born and bred in Soweto are very friendly, knowledgeable and ready to answer all your questions during the Soweto bicycle tour. I also found them motivated and passionate about the history and struggles of their home town
What you see during Soweto Bicycle Tour
Soweto bicycle tour will take you to the Hector Pieterson Memorial museum. The photo below in the museum compound is the most famous photo in South Africa of Hector Pieterson, the 13 year old boy who was shot and killed during the students uprising in Soweto in June 1976.
The walls around the museum are of different height which signifies the different ages of the students who died. The gaps between the walls signify the untold story of Apartheid.
Vilakazi street in Orlando west which is the only street in the world to have had two Nobel prize winners live there; Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu
This famous restaurant in Soweto is owned and run by Mandela’s first wife, Winnie and serves popular local food.
What to Pack
Bring a hat, sunscreen, drinking water and a snack (energy bar or dried fruits), and a camera. Remember to wear comfortable clothing for biking. The bikes do not have bottle holders so it’s advisable you carry a backpack or a daypack.
After the tour you’ll be served with local food mainly kota which is quarter loaf of bread stuffed with meat and cheese, or pap(ugali) served with chicken, beef and wild spinach.
Lebo Soweto Backpackers contact details
Our tour was organized by Lebo backpackers in Orlando East, Soweto which can be accessed by taxi or uber. Depending on traffic, a drive to Lebo Soweto Backpackers takes 1 hour from OR Tambo International Airport.
Cell: +27 (0)84 851 8681
Tel: +27 (0)11 936 3444