A few weeks ago I went on a bicycle tour through Soweto, I was representing Traveldudes to do a review of the tour as well as Lebo’s Soweto Backpacker’s who run the tour. You can read my review of the tour on Traveldudes – Cycling Through Soweto, Johannesburg.
I really enjoyed the tour, it was such an awesome experience cycling right through the thick of the Soweto community. I’ve lived in Joburg my whole life, visited Soweto a few times, but I’ve never really experienced it more that driving through it. It is a complete different experience on a bicycle. You don’t only get to interact with the locals, but you get to have a real sense of what it must feel like to live there – the smells, the atmosphere, the services, the people, and the diversity.
I talk more about the tour in the blog post I mentioned above, but here are a few photographs of the tour as well as of Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers.
Outside Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers
‘I love Soweto’ painted on a sidewalk
Just a normal day in Soweto, getting a Sunday haircut on the side of the road
Kids in a Spaza shop
Friendly faces are everywhere in Soweto. The locals are eager to chat to you and tell you their story.
We went into a small shebeen, which is a tiny shack that was used to drink beer under cover in the past.
Drinking Umqombothi in the shebeen, the traditional beer. My face says it all…
Some of the locals drinking Umqombothi in the shebeen
Good old Joburg Beer…I didn’t try this. But somehow don’t trust beer that comes in a milk carton.
There were some really cool mosaic art pieces on sale in the street market outside of The Hector Pieterson Memorial. I loved this one of Nelson Mandela.
Awesome African themed mosaic art pieces on sale outside The Hector Pieterson Memorial. A new addition to the usual African goodies on sale at these kinds of markets.
The famous Vilikazi Street where two Noble Peace Prize winners have lived: Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Now a street buzzing with tourists and excitement.
The house where Nelson Mandela lived in Soweto
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers in Orlando West, Soweto. An awesome backpackers, for a unique and authentic Sowetan experience.
The bicycles that you use on the bicycle tour through Soweto.