Soweto Bicycle Tour: A Great Way To Experience Soweto Township


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.

Soweto Bicycle Tour with My Global Attitude


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

Soweto Bicycle Tour with My Global Attitude


Soweto Bicycle Tour with My Global Attitude

 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.


Soweto Bicycle Tours with My Global Attitude


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

Soweto Bicycle Tours with My Global Attitude


This famous restaurant in Soweto is owned and run by Mandela’s first wife, Winnie and serves popular local food.

Soweto Bicycle Tours with My Global Attitude


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.

Matters Food

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.


Soweto Bicycle Tours with My Global Attitude


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


Comments (14)

  1. Thank you for sharing this article. I had never thought about the township where Mandela was born. The food looks tasty and the children look really happy. It is always nice to read and learn more about different countries towns in Africa.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Thank you for stopping by. Soweto is rich in history, happy people, food and culture, just like in many African countries. If you happen to have a more than 5 hours layover in Johannesburg, i recommend this trip.

  2. This looks like a fascinating tour. I love the idea of exploring a place guided by locals. I think they have the best perspective of their home. Great post! #gltLOVE

    1. Hi Olivia,
      I always say if in doubt, ask a local 🙂
      This bicycle tour was a success thanks to our young vibrant and passionate guides who knew their township like the back of their hands.

  3. A bicycle tour sounds so exciting. It’s a great way to absorb the local culture while making friends on the way! Your blog post was an interesting read but I guess the most interesting part was Vilakazi street in Orlando. I am from India and we love Nelson Mandela!

    1. Visiting Soweto surprised me in many ways. I had watched many bad things about the neighborhood on TV but i was proved wrong. Vilakazi street is the centre of it all. Glad you enjoyed Ambuj.

  4. This looks like a great tour to do! South Africa is on our want-to-go list and I’ll be sure to remember this post when we start planning our trip! I love it when tours are guided by locals who know all about the history and small details of a place. Great share!

    1. You’ll love South Africa. The food, the local people (outside Cape Town), the wine, scenery, not forgetting the Table Mountain. Looking forward to reading your travel experience there 🙂

  5. Thanks for sharing your experiences and photos. I prefer local guides too, it makes the experience feel more authentic!

    1. Thanks for stopping by xx

  6. I went to Cape Town earlier this year and visiting a township was high on my list, but i ran out of time. We might be going to Jo’burg later this year so this comes handy! Thx for sharing it!

    1. I’m glad you’re visiting again Julz. Hope you get to visit Soweto as part of your Jo’burg travels. xx

  7. This is a great way to see Soweto township, and fun too. Always better with a local guide!

    1. Local guides have a wide range of knowledge in their locality which make them great guides. Thanks Liberty for stopping by xx

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