If you want to experience what life can really like in South Africa for some people, then this tour offers the perfect opportunity to do just this in Johannesburg and Soweto.
2 Nights dormitory accommodation at Lebo’s (can be upgraded on request)
1 Night dormitory accommodation at Curiocity
Prices from £425pp
You will be picked up from Johannesburg OR Tambo airport. Then en route to Lebo's Soweto Backpackers, you will visit the Apartheid Museum for a first hand introduction to the rise and fall of Apartheid in South Africa. The museum is a offers a great example of how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own. In the afternoon you will visit a youth art centre which facilitates all forms of the arts including poetry, rap, dance and music. You will get the opportunity to interact with young Sowetens and learn about their lives in the “kasi”. In the evening you can experience a traditional “kasi” dinner at our outdoor restaurant and settle in to life in Soweto.
After breakfast, you will take a two hour cycle tour of Soweto that will take you to see some of the most interesting historical sites in the township. Some of the highlights include a workers’ hostel, Meadowlands, the site of the 1976 student uprising, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Nelson Mandela’s former home and a local pub called a “shebeen”. You will end it with a local lunch called a “Kota” (a Soweto traditional burger) and some traditional beer. After lunch you will visit the historical Kliptown home of the freedom charter the bedrock of the constitution signed here in 1956. Later in the afternoon you get to visit the local market where you can buy some fresh produce to take back to Lebo’s for your African cooking lesson with our chef. Spend the evening enjoying your home cooked meal whilst listening to the vibrant sounds of Africa.
After breakfast you will travel to the Cradle of Mankind. One of the eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa. It is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated. It is just over an hour outside Johannesburg, nestled in the Magaliesberg Mountains which were recently declared a World Biosphere Reserve. The Magaliesberg is almost 100 times older than Mount Everest and half the age of the earth, a unique treasure for us in this part of Africa. Visit the Sterkfontein caves where the 2.5 million year old skulls of early day man were discovered along with other significant findings of human evolution. The visitors centre at Maropeng close by, offers a peep into the history of life on earth. The beginning of the world, the path to humanity and where we are today. You can grab some lunch at the various restaurants on site. After lunch, you head back into Johanesburg city, to the Maboneng Precinct. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning “place of light”, is a fitting name for a district that has fast become a centre of creative energy for Johannesburg’s urban artists. With a mix of art galleries, retail and studio space on offer. The precinct draws the inner-city public, as well as the chic, art-going crowd.
After breakfast your walking tour of the city starts off with a panoramic view of the city from the tallest building in Africa. During the tour you get to explore the mining district, and view the grand architecture of the 12 decades of the city of gold. The tour ends with a delicious Pan African lunch in the Ethiopian quarters of the city. Following the tour you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home or onward journey.