What to expect
Let us introduce you to our area of Orlando West and take you around our neighboring communities. Stop and greet people, get to know the history and how these communities are today. Visit the former migrant workers’ hostel in Mzimhlophe and experience how migrant workers used to live and see the new developments that are happening today.
Continue the ride through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and proceed to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student’s uprising. Thereafter drive down famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live. On the way back to Lebo’s cruise along small streets to see the different areas and greet people along the way.
The tour will take approximately 2 hours. Suitable for children 12 +
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
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.
We set off our walk at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers heading towards our look out point with a panoramic view over Soweto. The guide will points our various landmarks and areas and the history of the various sites around the township. You will also see our community garden project as well as the beer brewing station of the home brewed sorghum beer made by women in our community.