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.
Our Backpackers lodge is situated in Orlando West, a vibrant community rich in history and culture.
Join us on a fun, interactive and informative tour of Soweto. By using bicycles we easily move between the various neighborhoods making it easy to experience life and culture and to interact with people and at the same time learning about Soweto’s rich history.
We have a variety of tours – a shorter excursion of 2 hours a half day tour of 4 hours as well as a full day adventure on our 8 hours tour.
Accommodation in Orlando, Soweto
Our Backpackers lodge is situated in Orlando West, a vibrant community rich in history and culture. Our 20+ bed hostel offers a personal and unique experience with a choice of staying in dormitories or private rooms. You can also pitch your own tent or rent a fully equipped one from us – or stay in our cozy tree-house built with thatched grass and bamboo!
Staying with us gives you the opportunity to experience Soweto, its people, the different neighborhoods and its history up close and personal. Our community is safe to explore on your own and we are on a walking distance from many of Soweto’s famous sites such as the Hector Pieterson memorial and Vilakazi Street with Nelson Mandela’s former home. As our backpacker guest you get a discount on our popular guided tours by bicycle, walk or tuk tuk. We also offer free bicycle rentals (after doing our tour) so you can go out discover Soweto on your own. We have amazing street and mural art, pubs and restaurants, craft markets and even our own beer brewery on easy access from our Backpackers.
After a full day of exploring Soweto relax in our “community park” right across the road from the backpackers. Mingle with our community and play with the kids coming to play here after school.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in our Outdoor Restaurant in our community park. Join us under the lapa, around the boma or just lay down on a blanket for a picnic to enjoy the sun and a home cooked meal. We cook in the outdoors over the fire to create an authentic and delicious meal. On our menu you find Potjiekos (stew cooked in cast iron pots over fire), curries, salad buffets and the South African favourite – Braai (barbeque).