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Cycle Soweto

Discover the colour, energy, and history of vibrant Soweto during this Johannesburg bike tour. Before hopping on two wheels, begin your adventure at the Carlton Centre, climbing to the 50th floor to soak up spectacular views over the city, and to gain a bit of a vantage point over where you'll be cycling to. From there, hop aboard a bus for the low-down on some of the city’s sights, stopping at the Apartheid Museum to learn more about this turbulent time in South Africa’s history.

We'll arrive in Soweto just in time for lunch, where you'll enjoy a feast of local specialties at a buzzing local restaurant. With full tummies, it’s time to jump on a bike and explore the streets of this colourful region. More than three million people call Soweto home, speaking all the of 11 official languages of South Africa, so see if you can pick up a few common phrases to greet people with while riding through the streets.

Explore some of the area’s most famous sights, learn about the history, and discover the people that make this area the vibrant region it is today. Call into a former migrant workers’ hostel for men to learn about the realities of life here. Continue on to Meadowlands, made famous when families were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to this town in the 1950's. Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, the 12 year old student who was tragically killed while protesting in 1976. Cycle down Vilakazi Street, where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. End this unique Johannesburg Soweto tour at the local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink, play a game of pool, and perhaps dance to the rhythm of kwaito music. Discover the colour, energy, and history of vibrant Soweto during this Johannesburg bike tour. Before hopping on two wheels, begin your adventure at the Carlton Centre, climbing to the 50th floor to soak up spectacular views over the city, and to gain a bit of a vantage point over where you'll be cycling to. From there, hop aboard a bus for the low-down on some of the city’s sights, stopping at the Apartheid Museum to learn more about this turbulent time in South Africa’s history Meeting/pick-up point: : Centrally located hotels in Johannesburg. Please contact Johannesburg Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.

Duration: Approx. 7-8 hours.

Start/opening time: Departure at 8:00 am on all days of the week except Monday.

Languages: English.

Others: Dress standard: Dress standards are conservative throughout Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Shorts should be knee-length. Singlet’s and tank tops are not suitable. Children must be 6 to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this Johannesburg walking tour