Day Tour

Johannesburg Half Day Making Tracks in the City (3 Hours)

Triumph Travel - South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa

Valid for Travel Now Through: 31 Oct 2020

Johannesburg Half Day Making Tracks in the City (3 Hours )

Johannesburg, South Africa

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking & Biking

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description

This Tour is a refreshing way to discover Soweto and its people. A group of us assemble for this exact reason. We’re made up of locals, a quartet of black American pilgrims, and a couple from the upper edges of northern Europe. We come together at the top of a rise after cycling a short distance from Lebo’s Backpackers in the trough below. From this vantage point we get a breathtaking view of Soweto. Philip, our tour guide, compliments the moment with a brief history of Soweto coupled with interesting “Did you knows”. Soon, we’re back on our bikes, ready to explore South Africa’s most famous township.

Our first experience is of the living conditions at the former migrant workers’ hostel at Mzimhlophe. Here we’re introduced to the environment the male migrant workers would’ve had to suffer through. We soon retreat to a nearby shebeen for a more palatable taste of the neighbourhood.

Inside the makeshift corrugated iron shelter boiled off-cuts of cow meat are laid out in front of us in one bowl and in another, hunks of pap. No one has a personal serving; instead everyone eats together from the shared meal, as custom dictates.

On the other end of lunch is a new low-income housing development. En route we move through the cramped neighbourhood meeting the families that live here today. Excited residents wave ecstatically from their homes, while others affectionately insist on posing for pictures with the foreign holidaymakers. On arrival we discover that the housing development is a dramatic improvement on the impoverished community we’ve left behind just a stone throw away.

We continue to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 16 June 1976 student protests. We’re invited to return on future visits for a more contemplative walk through the museum, where the late Pieterson’s sister now works to preserve the memory of those that lost their lives that day.

With tummies full we arrive at Nelson Mandela’s old house. This is a modest one roomed place he rented when he first arrived in Johannesburg in 1941.

Next the tour takes us to the famous Vilikazi Street. This is the only street in the world to have produced two Nobel Prize winners in Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. On this occasion we only visit the former president’s house, which has been transformed into a museum. From here we head out to Lebo’s Backpackers where we’ll chill out with a cold beer. What we take with us from the cycle tour are stories of the struggle, a taste of the local flavour and memories of the warm people that make Soweto the unforgettable destination that it is.

About Us

Triumph Travel brings together a modern, experiential and bespoke approach to Travel. A Luxury Travel Company with a focus on Southern Africa, Triumph Travel designs truly unique travel experiences. All experiences are tailor made representing the guest’s individuality. For us travel is an art and designing all the elements of your trip is a passion where we can put all the concierge elements together for you . Unfortunately we do not accept bookings where only transfers and/or activities are required.

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By: Kandee


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2017

Our guide, Ryan Straus, was professional and knowledgeable. He assessed our personalities and our specific interests and adjusted our daily schedule to match. In addition, he was able to encourage us to see and do some things that we didn't even know we wanted to do! A very personal guided tour with a fun and warm young man. He is an asset to Triumph Travel.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg
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By: m & a


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Our experience with Triumph travel was out of this world. The whole trip was a trip of a lifetime. We only had on small hiccup, and it was handled very quickly and efficiently. When we landed in Capetown, we realized that no one was there to pick us up and drive us to the Winelands. We called the travel company, and sixth star travel, and within 10 minutes there was a luxury car there to take us to the Windlands. The tour company did not have our updated flight itinerary , as the original itinerary had us coming in 3 hours later. They really stepped us and took care of the situation.
Travel Advisor:  Jeannie Sauleau

Africa Safri

By: chief


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Our day in the South African wine country with Triumph Travel was great. Our driver, Leonard, was very knowledgeable of the various wineries and the whole wine country. We enjoyed very much talking with him about his personal life and growing up in the Cape Town area. He treated us at the end of the tour with a surprise stop at the prison that Nelson Mandela was finally released from. It turned out to a real highlight of the day.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Cutter
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June 2018

By: Beth


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2018

Our tours in the Cape were outstanding. All personnel were polite, informative, flexible, and provided exceptional service. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours and found new perspectives on areas we have previously visited. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant experience.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Cole

Five Star Travel

By: S Africa


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

I have nothing but positive things to say about working with Triumph Travel. All drivers and guides were very professional but personable as well as knowledgeable and flexible to our requests. We felt we were in skilled hands at all times. The vehicles as well were high end and very comfortable. It was such a pleasure to sit back and enjoy the various tours we had requested. All we had to do was show up!
Travel Advisor:  Denise Burcksen