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Cycle straight into the soul of South Africa on this Johannesburg tour through the streets of iconic Soweto. See where Mandela once called home, cycle past Desmond Tutu's current digs, and hit a local shebeen bar for a cool drink and a game of pool.
- Discover the real Soweto through its rich history and cultural diversity
- Cycle the colourful streets and experience the vibrant atmosphere of the city of gold
- Ride down Vilakazi Street and past the sites of the 1976 student uprisings
- Enjoy the atmosphere of a local Soweto shebeen bar over a drink and a game of pool
Tour style:Local Life & Culture, History & Heritage, Biking
Local English speaking guide, entrance fees, and transportation as indicated.
Items of a personal nature, drinks, food, tips / gratuities for drivers and guides.
Group size:Maximum 12
- Duration: 5-6 hours
- Pickup location:
Centrally located hotels in Johannesburg.
- Pickup Time: 8.30 AM, 1.30 PM
- Drop off location:
Centrally located hotels in Johannesburg.
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the day tour of Johannesburg.
- Confirmation of booking:
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.
- Dress standard:
Dress standards are conservative throughout Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Shorts should be knee-length. Singlets and tank tops are not suitable.
- Child policy:
Children must be aged between 6 and 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 years are not permitted on this Johannesburg bike tour.
- Language: English
Discover the colour, energy, and history of vibrant Soweto during this Johannesburg bike tour. Hop on two wheels to explore the streets of the colourful region that more than three million people call home. With locals speaking all of the 11 official languages of South Africa, see if you can pick up a few local phrases to greet people while riding through the streets.
Explore some of the area’s most famous sights, learn about the history, and discover the people that make this area the vibrant region it is today. Call into a former migrant workers’ hostel for men to learn about the realities of life here. Continue on to Meadowlands, made famous when families were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to this town in the 1950's. Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, the 12 year old student who was tragically killed while protesting in 1976. Cycle down Vilakazi Street, where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home.
End this unique Johannesburg Soweto tour at the local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink, play a game of pool, and perhaps dance to the rhythm of kwaito music.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.75
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.50
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.75
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.50
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.50
Mrs. Joan A.
Australia ~ 17 Feb 2015[back to top]
Our cycling tour in Soweto with Tsheppo was excellent. We would definitely recommend this adventure for anyone interested in the culture, people, music and food. The small group was an essential part of the experience to minimise our impact on the local people.
Ms. Katie B.
Australia ~ 10 Aug 2014[back to top]
This trip gave me a new perspective and appreciation for all that Johannesburg has to offer, and I really enjoyed exploring Soweto on a pushbike.
Ms. Stella B.
Brazil ~ 21 Feb 2013[back to top]
I loved. And I'm a terrible cyclist and the guides waited me and were very pacient. They showed us everything and talked about the most important events. Amazing experience.
This day tour in Johannesburg is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers 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 Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
- Cancellations made more than 2 days prior to travel receive a full refund
- Cancellations made 2 days or less prior to travel attract a 100% cancellation fee.
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