Guided tour

Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

4.8 / 5

36 reviews

Activity provider: One Day Africa

Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: One Day Africa

From R 650 per person

Join a cultural tour of Orlando West in Soweto. Bike through homes of political icons who lived here while fighting the regime during apartheid.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Hector Pietersen Museum, Mandela House and Tutu House
  • Meet the locals and discover township culture
  • Bike along the famous Vilakazi Street
Full description
Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore the urban complex of Soweto on a bicycle. Get to experience the township like a local. Get a glimpse of Hector Pietersen Museum, Mandela House and Tutu House. Start your cycling tour in Killarney, an up-and-coming tourist destination in Soweto. Learn how this township was created in 1904 and share the history of these neighborhoods. Ride to Mzimhlophe and visit Mzimhlophe Women's hostel. Continue to Mama Lilian Ngoyi's house, an anti-apartheid activist. Cycle to Hector Pietersen Museum where the Soweto uprising transpired which was one of the turning points of apartheid. This tour will get you closer to all the highlights of Soweto. See the Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. Imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner. Then, pass by Tutu House on Vilakazi Street, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his family once resided. Talk about the Nobel Laureate's contribution to apartheid's downfall in South Africa. Give your feet a break by stopping for lunch. Taste South African sandwiches called kota before cycling back to the starting point.
Includes
  • Food and drinks
  • Local Guide
  • Bicycle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People who can't ride a bike
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet at Vilakazi Espresso.

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What to bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 36 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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This was the perfect experience to round out our time in South Africa. Our guide was so friendly and knowledgeable about the local area. I don't usually ride bikes, but we went at an easy enough pace. It seemed like we hit all the high points of the area, and we got plenty of insight into the important social factors that have shaped the past and present of South Africa. The tour provided invaluable context for our trip, and we had plenty of fun as well. I wish the best to our guide and hope he's able to pursue his goal of a degree in biotechnology!

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November 7, 2022

Our tour was very impressive. Our young and cheerful guide showed us the sights and the different sides of Soweto. He explained to us the social and political structures of today and of the past. We had good conversations with the guide, who was also interested in our lives. Thanks to explanations from our guide, the tour showed us the progress and problems of the country and the township and we learned a lot. The bikes were top quality and also withstood the broken glass on the streets. We felt safe with our guide, which was also due to the friendliness of the residents. Highly recommended

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October 14, 2022

Cycling through Soweto turned out to be an experience in itself. You see how the people live, you learn the stories behind the historical events and you visit the impressive places where everything happened in 1976. Our guide, TK, guided us safely through this busy township. Lunch was a local snack, the Kota, which ensured that we no longer needed dinner. Never felt unsafe for a moment and perhaps the part of Johannesburg that impressed us the most and will remain with us as the best memory of Johannesburg.

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June 14, 2022

Product ID: 396458