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Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

1. Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

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.

Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide

2. Soweto: Bike Tour with a Local Tour Guide

This short tour will let you experience day to day life in the township. Meet your local tour guide and start the bike tour. You will be able to visit famous spots including Nelson Mandela's house, Archbishop Desmond Tutu's house, Vilakazi, Orlando stadium, and the Hector Peterson memorial. Learn about the incidents that happened on the fateful day of 16 June in 1976 when Hector Peterson was shot and killed by the police during the student protests. This tour includes a little bit of exercise and is eco-friendly. You get to cycle on the most famous street on the African continent, Vilakazi Street. Interact with locals and see how life goes in South Africa's most famous township. You will have the opportunity to support local small businesses on the way. You can bring small change or items that you would like to donate. 

Johannesburg: Guided Bike Tour of Hillbrow, Berea & Yeoville

3. Johannesburg: Guided Bike Tour of Hillbrow, Berea & Yeoville

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore inner Johannesburg on a bicycle. Get a glimpse of Berea, Yeoville, Bertrams, Ellis Park Stadium, and Makers Valley. See more of Johannesburg's suburbs in less time. This tour will not only let you in on the city's history but also take you through the transformation of Hillbrow and Berea from the 1990s until now. Meet your guide at the Windybrow Arts Center to receive your bike and helmet. Begin with a brief tour of the iconic Ponte City tower in Berea. Understand the unexplained mysteries of this part of Johannesburg. Interact with local people. Treat yourself to locally-brewed coffee. Sample South African sandwiches called kota. Wrap up the tour by meeting local entrepreneurs who help prevent gentrification and uplift their communities. Get to experience Johannesburg like a local. This tour will get you closer to everything the city has to offer.

Johannesburg: East City Cycle Tour

4. Johannesburg: East City Cycle Tour

Embark on a 2-hour cycling tour of Johannesburg and experience its history, public art and cultural sites. Peddle through Joburg's iconic east-side districts, marvel at its incredible architecture, and breathe in the fresh air.  Visit Jeppestown, established after 1886 by C.E.G. Julius Jeppe, who formed the Ford and Jeppe Estate Company with his son. Then, learn about the cultural history of the Maboneng Precinct, which has been transformed from a place of downtown urban decay to a center of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for this regenerated district. See its vibrant restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques and art galleries, and its chic, art-loving crowd.  Cycle to Doornfontein – the area, whose name means "thorn fountain", was once a site for digging gold. Visit Victoria Yards, a uniquely integrated urban complex where tenants thrive as a community. Finish your illuminating cycle at Troyeville, another product of the gold rush. Learn about Joburg's fascinating urban history from your knowledgable guide, and get active as you explore the city!

From Pretoria: Groenkloof Nature Reserve E-Bike Tour

5. From Pretoria: Groenkloof Nature Reserve E-Bike Tour

The ride begins at Groenkloof Nature Reserve (30 to 40 minutes drive from Sandton) with setting up the bike for the height of the person and explaining how the gears work and how they can increase the power to the pedal assist if needed. E-bikers then practice before moving out. e-Bikes effectively make the world flat and are exhilarating to drive uphill. -e-Bikes can accelerate quickly so it is important for safety that participants keep behind the tour guide who will set the pace of 10 to 20kph. E-Biking is dangerous, so this rule must be obeyed. The e-bikes will not go on the tricky mountain bike trails. They will stay on the road used by cars. These vary in quality, but with their wide tyres, the e-bikes are geared to handle broken and sand roads. Participants can expect to see some of the dozen varieties of animal species including giraffe, ostriches, zebra and several varieties of buck. Groenkloof Nature Reserve is a time capsule that was proclaimed some 125 years ago. The guide will also tell you interesting things about the birds, the history (including the iron age caves) and the warring tribes and settlers who made this paradise, with its abundant water from underground springs, their home. After the ride while you freshen up a light tea will be served where locally home-made traditional South African treats like melktert, koeksusters and vetkoek are served with a beverage.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 21 reviews

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.

We booked the tour at the end of July, with the best weather. Our guide Lerato is very competent, comes from the area himself and was able to answer all of our questions. The bikes worked, but are rather a bit older.

It was a tour with a lot of cultural information and a lot of community details. The tour was led by Ratho, who is super friendly and has a lot of knowledge of Soweto.

Very nice tour and a professional tour guide. Thanks for this amazing day. The coffee was very nice.

Everything was very well organized, we enjoyed it a lot!!