The bicycle tours by Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers allow you to explore the country’s most dynamic township on a bicycle and take in its neighbourhoods, residents and history – up close and personally.
The bicycle tours – which are two, four and eight hours long – are a fun, interactive and unique way for participants to learn about Soweto’s rich culture and history.
The two-hour tour will take you to some of Soweto’s most interesting historical sites. Visitors will get interesting insights into the lives of migrant workers by visiting a former hostel, and meet families who now stay in what was once male-only accommodation.
The four-hour tour will give visitors this historical experience and participants will see Soweto in all its contrasts – the developing side of the township, and the suburban lifestyle in the more affluent sections. Visitors will also get insight into how the township has developed and evolved into what it is today.
Throughout the tour visitors will also have opportunities taste township cuisine, stopping at different food stalls as well as a shebeen along the route to enjoy snacks, food and drinks that are popular among the locals. The tour will end with traditional beer tasting and a storytelling session, which will inform visitors about African customs and traditions.
The full-day eight-hour tour explores historical sites of the 1976 student uprisings. Participants will also visit small communities within the township and learn about community development initiatives aimed at alleviating poverty in informal settlements. Visitors will also tour the more affluent parts of Soweto, and see how some areas have grown from small neighbourhoods to boasting mansions.
Tours take place at 10am, 1pm or 3pm, depending on the duration. Tours include traditional beer tasting at Lebo’s and those that take place in the 10am and 1pm slots include an outdoor lunch at a local park.
The restaurant also serves breakfast and dinner. The food is prepared outdoors over a fire, and the menu includes stews, curries, salad buffets and a braai (barbeque) served with fresh bread, a “bunny chow” or with the popular African staple food, pap (maize porridge). If you prefer a buffet spread, you can indicate your preference when making your booking.
Lebo’s offers accommodation for visitors who decide on a longer stay.