Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and Bicycle Tour
Slow down the pace of urban life, saddle up and join a bicycle tour through the famous South Western Townships.
Slow down the pace of urban life, saddle up and join a bicycle tour through the famous South Western Townships – Soweto.
On our guided tours you will discover what makes this community unique. We mix tourist attractions and historical landmarks with local sights and sounds. Cycle down famous Vilakazi Street, the only one in the world to have been the home of two Nobel Prize winners – at number 8115, the home of former president Nelson Mandela and a short distance away the home of former archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Pause to feel the fear and hatred for the apartheid government at the memorial wall commemorating the confrontation on the 16th of June 1976 where hundreds of children, protesting the imposition of Afrikaans in schools where met by the police. Youth Day today celebrates the role of youth in liberating South Africa from the apartheid regime.
Visit Meadowlands where residents of Sophiatown, the legendary epicentre of South African politics, jazz and blues, were forced to settle as armed police moved residents in 1955 under the auspices of the Immorality Act that made it possible for the government to segregate people of different races.
After working up an appetite we stop for a local burger – kota. Slake your thirst with a traditional beer at a shebeen and chat with local patrons who are always happy to share the latest news and tell you more about the historical significance of this vibrant part of Johannesburg.