The ‘Basix of Soweto' tour

The essentials of the township. This short tour will let you experience day to day life in the township and the famous spots such as Nelson Mandela's house.

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  • Duration: 2 Hours
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This short tour will give you a brief but good insight into the history and daily life of residents of Soweto.  Our local guides will give you a unique township experience. As you cycle past some of the exciting hotspots you will see street vendors plying their trade, interesting, colourfull murals and men and women pushing huge trolleys of plastic and paper which they collect and deliver to recycle depots for an exchange of cash. 

Cycle down the dusty streets of an informal settlement past make shift homes and imaginative fences made from bed springs or discarded boxes. The people are friendly and will happily share their stories with you. You travel down vibrant Vilakazi Street, the only street to house two winners of the Nobel Peace Prize: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

You will have an idea of what apartheid meant to the local people of Johannesburg's sister city as you hear some stories about the struggle of black South Africans against Apartheid.

And your guide might have some pleasant surprises on the route of course.


  • Cycle through the vibrant streets of Soweto
  • Interact with locals
  • Enjoy some local colour 


Departure: Cycle in Soweto, Cnr Litabe Street and Pela Street, Soweto (The bus parking behind the Hector Pieterson Museum): Follow the signs for "Hector Pieterson Museum".

Times: 9h00, 11h00, 13h00

Duration: 2 hours 

Security: The parking area has security guards.

Bike Rentals

Arrive at Cycle in Soweto: Next to Hector Pietersen Museum

Get fitted with helmet and bike

Cycle Vilakazi Street past the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Rev. Desmond Tutu

Cycle down the back streets of informal settlements

  • Interact with friendly locals
  • Return to the Hector Pietersen Museum

Enjoy a coffee or lunch [R85 for own account] before returning to your hotel


Johannesburg inner-city area (Gautrain park station & Melville)
ZAR 190 p.p. (minimum R550 return trip)
(optional Drop off at OR Tambo airport for R250/group extra)
Outside Johannesburg inner-city area (Sandton & Rosebank)
ZAR 275 p.p. (minimum R800 return trip)
(optional Drop off at OR Tambo airport for R250/group extra)
OR Tambo airport area (Kempton Park/Boksburg)
ZAR 325 p.p. (minimum R950 return trip)
(optional Drop off at OR Tambo airport at no additional charge) 

What’s included

  • Local guide
  • Hire of bike and helmet

What do I need to bring

  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Hat and sunscreen

Important information

Operated by: Cycle Tour Soweto

R 500 2 Hours , Easy

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