Alexandra Bicycle Tours

Located 5km east of Sandton, Alexandra is Johannesburg's oldest township and traces its history back to 1905.

It is one of South Africa's most densely crowded townships, with some estimates putting the population at more than half-a-million residents. Alexandra's narrow streets and crowded yards make it difficult to navigate by car and a bicycle tour is one of the most convenient ways to get to know this historic township and get a feel for its unique culture.

Alexandra Bicycle Tours is run by the charming Jeff Mulaudzi, who meets visitors at the Marlboro Gautrain station for two- or four-hour cycling tours, stopping at Alexandra's most historic sites, such as Nelson Mandela's former home, as well as at local shebeens, street markets and cafés, where there is ample opportunity to sample traditional township cuisine, meet the locals and find out more about everyday life in Alex.

Young, ambitious and very dedicated to his community, Mulaudzi is an inspirational figure to many, combining his talents as a tour guide with an entrepreneurial spirit that has seen his business grow to also include community bicycle schemes and other projects to help improve life for the people of Alexandra.

(Image: Jeff Maluadzi)