What to expect
The tour starts by reaching our panoramic viewpoint on top of ‘Leboland’. Surrounded by the community garden’s pumpkin fields and the greenery of our campsite you will view Soweto with a 360-degree angle. The guide will introduce you to both our history and what we are doing today to take our community forward. Famous landmarks such as the Orlando Towers and the Orlando Stadium can be viewed from here.
The next stop is the former men’s hostel in Mzimhlophe which was the home of former migrant mine workers during apartheid era. We will introduce you to the era of Gold mining in Gauteng, the conditions of the workers and how the area has developed to today.
We will thereafter drive towards Orlando West and the famous Vilakazi street precinct. On our way we will make some quick stops and support local traders by tasting some of the local delicacies and get some refreshments as we continue the tour.
Our next stop is the Hector Peterson memorial site commemorating the Soweto Uprising that took place on June 16, 1976 when students took to the streets protesting against the Apartheid government’s education system in Black schools. We then drive down Vilakazi Street and stop outside Nelson Mandela’s house to learn more about this great leader.
Coming back to Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers we end the tour with a traditional drink ceremony. As we end the tour the guide will take us through our African customs and traditions by gathering in our African kraal decorated with various African accessories and artefacts. Everyone is offered a taste of our home brewed sorghum beer – Umqhombothi as well as our traditional Maize drink Mageu.
The tour includes lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at our “Outdoor Restaurant” with seating in the community park. The meal is a delicious African stew cooked the traditional way – over the fire – served with homemade bread and our popular staple, Pap.
Morning tour starts at 10:00.
Afternoon tour starts at 13:00 and 15:00 (lunch served at 14:00 for 15:00 slot).
Customized and private tour slots can be arranged by Special Request.
What you’ll need
Camera, comfortable walking shoes, , sunscreen and a hat.
The tour includes lunch which is either served after the tour – 10am slot – or before the tour – 1:00 pm slot. Lunch is served at our “Outdoor Restaurant” with seating in the community park. The meal is a delicious African stew cooked the traditional way – over the fire – served with either the popular staple – Pap (maize porridge), or in an hallowed out piece of bread – calles “Kota” or “Bunny Chow”.
Children discount: 1-4 years: No charge; Baby carrier: R150-R300; Children 5-12 years 50% discount
Where we’ll be
Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers 10823A Pooe St, Orlando West, Soweto, 1804
This tour leaves daily. Booking essential
About your host
The late Lebo – founder of “Lebo’s Soweto” grew up in the house which is today our Backpackers hostel. He was introduced to the tourism industry as buses started coming in numbers in the early 2000’s. He was then selling craft at the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto and started inviting some of the travelers he met to his home to experience another side of Soweto than viewing the township from a bus-window. A few years after that Lebo started the now popular Soweto bicycle tour taking people out of the car and on to the streets of Soweto.