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Soweto in a Bike Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Cycle the colourful streets and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city of gold
  • Observe the unique landscape of Soweto from a special vantage point
  • Visit the Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel to learn about the lives of black slaves
  • Ride down Vilakazi Street and past the sites of the 1976 student uprisings
  • An expert English speaking guide will accompany you at all times
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    5 - 6 hours

    Start time

    0830h (08:30am) OR1330h (0130pm)
    Duration: 5 - 6 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in central Johannesburg.
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off back at your hotel.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Cycle straight into the soul of South Africa on this Johannesburg tour through the streets of iconic Soweto. Take this exciting bike tour with an expert local guide to get an insight into rich history and cultural diversity of this town.

    Cycle past historic landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial to Hector Pieterson, a young student tragically killed while protesting against apartheid. Enjoy a mesmerizsing view of the township from a special vantage point and learn about the inhumane conditions that the black labourers were subjected to at the Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel.

    Pedal down Vilakazi Street which boasts of the former residence of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of South Africa, who led the anti-apartheid movement. Explore some of the most famous locations, listen to the stories and discover the people that make this area the vibrant place it is today.

    Itinerary

    For your Soweto in a Bike Tour you will be collected from your hotel in the morning. An English-speaking guide will lead this fascinating excursion. Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for "South Western Townships". You will ride along numerous iconic locations as your local guide will give details about the history and recent developments in Soweto.

    Your bike tour will start from Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers, from here you will peddle towards a special look out point which offers a picturesque view of the settlement. Your local guide will point out places of interest such as the home grounds of the famous soccer team, the Orlando Pirates.

    Your guide will then lead you to Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel – a former male migrant workers’ hostel. You will learn about the harsh realities of the life of black labourers who were brought to work in mines and other industries. Continue to Meadowlands , made famous when families were displaced from Sophiatown and shifted here in the 1950s.

    Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1970s student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was tragically killed in 1976.

    You will also explore the Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela lived and Bishop Desmond Tutu resides. Learn about the lives of these famous personalities before heading back to Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers where the tour concludes.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • 2-hour bike tour
    • English-speaking guide
    • Helmet

    Exclusions

    • Food and beverages
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.

    If your details are not correct It is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher, If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.

    Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.