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History Bicycle Tour of Soweto

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Ride through one of South Africa's most famous townships during this 4-hour bike tour of Soweto. Learn about daily life in this vibrant neighborhood, and its often challenging history. Hear about the movement of black South Africans against Apartheid. See the Regina Mundi church, a squatter camp, and the house where Nelson Mandela once lived.
  • 4-hour bike tour of Soweto from Johannesburg
  • Learn about the sometimes troubling history of this township
  • See the house where Nelson Mandela once lived
  • Hear about the student uprising against Apartheid
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Local guide
Use of bicycle
Use of helmet
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Hector Pieterson Memorial, 8287 Khumalo Rd, Orlando West, Johannesburg, 1804, South Africa

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Depart from the Hector Pieterson Museum in Orlando West and begin your cycling tour of Soweto. See where the township was first established in 1904, and learn about the historic events that have taken place there since.

Hear about the good, bad, ugly, and sad aspects of Soweto's history as you see some important places in the township. See a mineworkers' hostel, an orphanage, several churches, and the homes once lived in by Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Stop at Orlando West High School to learn about the student uprising against Apartheid in 1976 that led to the death of Hector Pieterson. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum on your own after the tour.

The tour concludes at the Coffee and Cream cafe.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Cycle in Soweto
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cycle in Soweto

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during History Bicycle Tour of Soweto?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by History Bicycle Tour of Soweto.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during History Bicycle Tour of Soweto?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by History Bicycle Tour of Soweto.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during History Bicycle Tour of Soweto?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by History Bicycle Tour of Soweto.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during History Bicycle Tour of Soweto?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by History Bicycle Tour of Soweto.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during History Bicycle Tour of Soweto?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by History Bicycle Tour of Soweto.

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This was valuable with the caveat...
constance b
, Apr 2017
This was valuable with the caveat that one needs to be prepared for intense heat - remember to wear a full hat I just had a cap and total sunscreen. Surprisingly, lots of uphill biking on shouldn't have been surprising old bikes. But worth it all - I'll never forget it. So grateful for the fine young men escorting and explaining everything we saw. Thank you so much!
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Fun Fun Fun is the best way to...
Judi S
, Jan 2017
Fun Fun Fun is the best way to describe. Cycling around on very basic bikes on very interesting roads was quite an experience not for the faint hearted. Loved the little food places visited and very friendly neighborhood. Our guides were excellent highly recommend.
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Des vélos en très mauvais état...
cecile c
, Apr 2017
Des vélos en très mauvais état : roues voilées, pas de freins, pas de possibilité de changement de vitesse . Des problèmes de sécurité avec un enfant car les sièges sont difficilement adaptables sur les vélos proposés . Nous n'avons effectué qu'une partie du tour proposé car nous sommes tombés plusieurs fois en panne avec ce matériel défectueux . C'est dommage parce que ce que nous avons réussi à voir était plutôt intéressant . Les guides étaient par ailleurs très sympathiques .
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