The tuk-tuk tours offered by Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers give tourists the mobility to get around Soweto’s nooks and crannies, while still allowing them to interact with the locals and take in the neighbourhood.
A colourful, three-wheeler “tuk-tuk” takes visitors on two- and four-hour tours around Soweto’s attractions and historical sites. Along the way you can learn about the area’s history, meet and greet people, and take in Soweto’s culture.
The two-hour tour explores Orlando West and gives visitors first-hand experience of life in this neighbourhood. Tourists will visit the former migrant workers’ hostel in Mzimhlophe, and get insights into how Soweto went from housing migrant workers to accommodating modern family life.
The tour then proceeds to Meadowlands and the Hector Pieterson Memorial – a historical landmark of the 1976 student uprising. Thereafter you head through to the famous Vilakazi Street, where Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and South Africa’s first democratically elected president, the late Nelson Mandela, both lived.
During the four-hour tour visitors will explore several of Soweto’s neighbourhoods, stop for drinks at a local shebeen, sample some cow-cheek meat and chicken feet, and buy snacks from street stalls. This half-day tour also includes lunch and a traditional beer-tasting session.
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.
Lebo’s 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 (barbecue) 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.