We will go through the early days of grand opulence , government red-lining and social oppression . We will also detail the stories of urban decay and the building’s resilient nature through complex economic times .
Due to the efforts of a pioneering local birder, Soweto has become known as a fascinating area to go birding. Key areas for birding center around the iconic painted towers of Orlando Power station, and includes excellent wetland and Highveld koppie birding.
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.
We will start our tour by reaching a look out point of Orlando East and West. You will get an introduction of Soweto – it’s size, the history of how Soweto was formed and the people that make up this large township. You will see and learn more about some of our landmarks such as the Orlando stadium and the brightly painted Orlando towers. Learn one of the many greetings to interact with people along the way!
Take to the streets with a tour of the city with a uniquely street culture twist. We’ll head out on skateboards to trace the origins and early history of Joburg, focussing on areas like Marshalltown, Ferreirasdrop and Newtown. It kicks off from Curiocity HQ and we’ll start off with a short skate lesson for newbies.
Make Joburg your very own open-air museum. We’ll paddle through areas like Jeppestown, Maboneng, Doornfontein, Victoria Yards and Troyeville, for a day of public arts, urban living, fascinating history, amazing architecture, and plenty of fresh air.
Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to see a side of the city that usually only the locals do.
We will start our cycling by reaching a look out point of Orlando East and West. You will get an introduction of Soweto – it’s size, the history of how Soweto was formed and the people that make up this large township. You will see and learn more about some of our landmarks such as the Orlando stadium and the brightly painted Orlando towers.
A shorter tour of Soweto that will take you to some of the most interesting historical sites around Soweto.