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Explore the highlights of Johannesburg with a two-part tour, seeing the main attractions of the city in the morning followed by a bike tour of Soweto in the afternoon. Enjoy the insights provided by an expert guide as you see sights including a trip up to the top of the city's tallest skyscraper, Carlton Centre and a viewpoint overlooking Orlando West and East.

Highlights

  • 6-hour combo tour of Johannesburg including Carlton Centre observation deck and Soweto bike tour
  • Take in unforgettable views over Johannesburg from the top floor of the city's tallest skyscraper, Carlton Centre
  • Enjoy entertaining insights from an expert guide
  • Ride through Soweto on a bike tour to see the community up close
  • See the moving Hector Pieterson memorial
  • See the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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What You Can Expect

Johannesburg Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride

Johannesburg Tour: Apartheid Museum, Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride
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Enjoy pickup at your central Johannesburg hotel in the morning for a trip via comfortable, air-conditioned minivan first to Carlton Centre, the tallest skyscraper in Johannesburg as well as the continent of Africa. Zip up to the observation deck on the top floor for unforgettable panoramic views over the city.

Next, head for another viewpoint from which you can see Orlando West and East, two sections of Soweto, including the stadium in which the favorite local soccer team – the Orlando Pirates – plays its home games.

The next point in this Johannesburg tour is a visit to Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel. Once a hostel that provided housing for migrant working men who came from far outside the city in order to work in the gold mines, the building gives visitors a glimpse of what the living conditions were like for those men. It's also an opportunity to see the Soweto community at the ground level, where many of the residents mix traditional African customs with modern ones.

Continue to the Hector Pieterson memorial, dedicated to those who died during the uprisings of June 16, 1976. On that day, a gathering of young people and children were protesting Apartheid in the South African education system, and hundreds died when the police opened fire – among them, Hector Pieterson, who was only 13 at the time.

Visit Vilakazi Street, where you'll see Nelson Mandela's former home (now a museum) as well as that of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Enjoy an easy-paced ride back to Lebo's Soweto Backpackers, where you began your bike tour, where the tour ends.

Customer Reviews

I.SIRISIN-LUDER S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I appreciate the global tour !

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The bike tour is an ideal precursor to visiting the Apartheid Museum. The museum is by any measure as good as everyone says it is, but experiencing it is all the more poignant if you've just spent several hours in Soweto, where the people including the knowledgeable and friendly Viator guides are wonderfully welcoming.

Vlad Dan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Great Tour! We loved our guide and the fact that we were able to ride a bike through SOWETO brought us so much closer to understanding the significance of the place.

Lori S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

I loved the Apartheid Museum...it was a WOW! Spacious and well thought out. Would have been able to spend more time there. Fun to look over the area from the Carlton Centre but the bike ride was really the cream on the top. The guides were very informative and very attentive to those of us with a challenge going uphill. A very worthwhile ride to understanding the history of Soweto and the Apartheid.

M E

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Overall the tour was very good . The guides were very informative particularly the 2 men who guided us through Soweto. We did not go to the Apartheid Museum which was also on my tour itinerary . I would have liked to have seen it but my time in Johannesburg was limited so I could not see it another time

Jamie S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Good informative tour.
Not impressed w Carlton Center Observation Deck but the Apartheid Museum and bike tour were well worth it. The small size of the tour group was appreciated and our guide for the day was knowledgeable and friendly.

Vivian N

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2015

I would not recommend this tour. It did not deliver as advertised. Pick up was 30 minutes late without any notification of delay. We drove by the Carlton Centre but did not go up to the Observation deck. Upon being dropped off at the Apartheid Museum, I was told lunch was not included. When I showed my guide the voucher showing lunch was supposed to be included, he said he would check into what was arranged, but no promises and I should purchase my own lunch at the café. After 2 hours at the museum, I was picked up and taken to Lebo's backpackers for the cycle tour. The bikes were in poor condition. One lady's brakes did not work well, and I got a flat tire. They also charged an additional fee for water which could be purchased at the bar, but the bar did not have any change. This was annoying since the intention of purchasing this tour was for an all-inclusive experience and I didn't bring extra cash for the water I needed given the heat of the afternoon. Also, we did not stop a local shebeen bar. It felt the people involved in this tour were all penny-pinching and taking shortcuts which made the tour poor value for money and felt like a scam.

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