Soweto, Guided Cycling Tours, and Accommodation
Guided tours and a backpacker experience in the vibrant and historical Soweto community
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers invites you to come and enjoy the friendly and vibrant atmosphere that is unique to historical Soweto. On offer is overnight accommodation as well as their now famous Soweto by bike tour. These popular tours take you out cruising the vibrant streets of the township. Visit places like migrant worker’s hostels, Meadowlands, Hector Pieterson Museum, Nelson Mandela’s and Bishop Tutu’s house and finish it of with a relaxing cold drink at the local shebeen(Traditional Pub). Guided tours around Soweto can also be arranged by car or walking around in the community.Other activities: Visit the informal settlement Kliptown, where the Freedom charter was signed in 1955. Play volleyball and football on the local sports field just outside the backpackers.If you are in a party mood, join us to nightclubs, local pubs and festivals.We organise trips outside Soweto; Tours of Johannesburg City, Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City theme park and mine tours, Pilanesburg game reserve, The Cradle of humankind, Lions Park and Pretoria union buildings and Voortrekker monument.
Vital Information: When cycling its always advisable to protect oneself from the harsh African sun, hence we do recommend you bring sun-screen along.
A good couple of hours, it varies depending on which tour you take.
Weather depending, please feel free to wear whatever clothing you feel most comfortable cycling in.
Booking essential. We offer a shuttle service to and from all Johannesburg destinations for which an additional charge is applicable.
Breakfast and Dinners are served at Lebo's. In walking distance to shebeens, restaurants, shops, museums and taxi and train station. 15 Minute walk to famous tourist attractions such as Hector Pieterson Memorial / Museum & Nelson Mandela Museum, also Sakhumzi's Restaurant. Shuttle can be arranged from Johannesburg main bus station and airport.
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Lebo of “Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers” invites you to come and enjoy the friendly and vibrant atmosphere that is unique to historical Soweto. On offer is overnight accommodation as well as their now famous “Soweto by bike” guided tour.
Soweto by bike!
These popular tours take you out cruising the vibrant streets of the township. Visit places like migrant worker’s hostels, Meadowlands, Hector Pieterson Museum, Nelson Mandela’s and Bishop Tutu’s house and finish it of with a relaxing cold drink at the local shebeen. (Traditional Pub)
Guided tours around Soweto can also be arranged by car or walking around in the community.
- Visit the informal settlement Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955.
- Play volleyball and football on the local sports field just outside the backpackers.
- If you are in a party mood, join us to nightclubs, local pubs, and festivals.
We organise trips outside Soweto; Tours of Johannesburg City, Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City theme park, and mine tours, Pilanesburg game reserve, The Cradle of humankind, Lion Park and Pretoria Union Buildings and Voortrekker Monument.
Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle tour: 2 hours
A shorter tour of Soweto that will take you to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto. Visit the formal migrant workers hostel and be introduced to conditions of male mine workers and meet the families that live there today. Cycle through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and continue to the historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprising. Go inside Nelson Mandela’s former home which today is turned into a museum. If time allows, sit down for a drink at the local shebeen before cycling back to Lebo’s.
R150 pp for our Backpacker guests
R200 pp for our “Tour-only” guests
(Prices valid until 31st December 2008)
Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle tour: 4 hours
Experience this exciting and eco-friendly tour around the streets of Soweto. Go out for a half day cycling adventure around the township and get to know the different communities and its history. Go to places such as a former migrant workers hostel for men. Here you will be introduced to the culture and life today by our local site guide. Continue to Meadowlands, famous for the forced removals from Sophiatown in the 1950’s. Cycle through historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson. You will also cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. Stop for a local lunch – Kota (township burger) and finish the tour off at the local shebeen, have a drink, play pool and dance to kwaito music.
This tour gives you insight about Soweto’s many different faces, the Soweto uprisings and the resistance against Apartheid. You will also see and learn how the communities have changed and developed to what it is today.
R200 pp for our Backpacker guests
R250 pp for our “Tour-only” guests
(Prices valid until 31st December 2008)
Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle tour: Full Day
To see and learn more about Soweto’s history, its people and life today, take this full-day experience of cycling through Soweto. The tour offers a lot of stops for you to have both a relaxed and adventurous tour.
The tour offers a visit to all historical landmarks around our part of Soweto as well as some of the hidden spots. Learn about the women’s struggle by visiting the home of the former president of ANC Women’s League Lilian Ngoyi. Stop at the only hostel created for working women, today families stay together in the housing units. Go inside the Hector Pieterson Museum and get in-depth knowledge about Soweto’s history and the student uprisings. Have a nice local lunch and cycle to the shebeen to have a drink and chat with our people.
This tour gives you the stories of the struggle, a taste of local food and drinks, and a full day adventure cycling the streets of Soweto!
R300 pp for our Backpacker guests
R350 pp for our “Tour-only” guests
(Prices valid until 31st December 2008)
Tour starts at 10am.
Duration: 7 – 8 hours.
Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle tour: Kliptown
In the early 1900’s people were moved to the area called Klipspruit Valley and Kliptown. Here, people from all races shared the land. During Apartheid this was the only area around Johannesburg where African people could own a piece of land. In 1955 anti-Apartheid organisations, fighting for democracy in South Africa gathered and signed the Freedom Charter, today the Charter forms the country’s constitution. Despite developments in Soweto, the residents of Kliptown still lives under unfair conditions where basic services such as housing, electricity, and water are urgent issues. Yet, there are many people in the community who fight for their rights and create facilities, especially for the young ones. Soweto Kliptown Youth, SKY, is an organisation working in the area, engaging youth in arts and cultural activities such as theatre and dance, education, and creating a more positive lifestyle.
On the bicycle tour, you will cycle through the area of Kliptown together with a guide living in the area. You will learn more about Kliptown’s history, meet people from the area and learn about life today. You will also have the opportunity to meet leaders and youth members of SKY and be introduced to their work and activities.
This tour will give you an alternative, up close and personal experience of Soweto and Kliptown.
Tour starts 1.00pm
Price: R250 per person – Minimum 2 Participants.
The price excludes:
Additional drinks and snacks.
The Overnight Experience
Staying over in Soweto is a fantastic experience; the atmosphere is very friendly and vibrant.
Lebo is a young man with an excellent knowledge of the area and with lots of contacts’
He will show you around and introduce you to the local young people and show you the favorite spots in the area. Soweto is a very welcoming place where the people interact in the street and with the neighbors, so you will get the opportunity to meet people and learn their customs.
“Our guests all comment at the end of their stay, on how safe and welcomed they felt in Soweto.”
Our aim is to work hand in the hand with the community and we are networking with a number of organizations and projects around the area. Orphanages, youth clubs and schools etc. If you have some extra space in your bag, donations such as second-hand clothes, shoes, toys and footballs are much appreciated. Let us know at your arrival to Soweto if you wish to visit some of our community projects and get involved.