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Half Day Soweto Tour on a Tuk Tuk

This half day Soweto tour takes 4 hours to uncover one of Johannesburg’s most iconic towns. Soweto is shrouded in history and culture. Learn how the discovery of gold, the struggle though Apartheid and modern urbanisation created a town today that pulses with character and colour.  Come as a tourist but leave as a local.

Exploring Soweto in a tuk tuk on this incredible half day Soweto tour  is a great way for you to see the city slowly, deeply and more meaningfully as we will visit well-known attractions like Mandela’s house, the Hector Pieterson memorial and Vilakazi street ( the only street in the world where 2 Noble Peace Prize Winners have lived. Namely Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu). We will also take you onto hidden paths and backyard places. The mean of transport for this day tour is the age old tuk tuk. Although a common mode of transport in Asia, the tuk tuk is not a common thing to see driving through the streets of Soweto. And we reckon a Tuk Tuk has character and is a unique experience that can be a better alternative to a normal car.

Why take this Half Day Soweto Tour?

If you are looking at understanding a big bulk of South African history and culture, then this half day Soweto tour by Tuk Tuk  is definitely your tour of choice. Soweto was the backbone to the struggle against the Apartheid regime as well as the birth of the gold mining industry in South Africa. Many of the nation’s heroes like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived in Soweto. Get to see where their lived. There are also many iconic monuments and places of interest to visit. Each one has a unique and fascinating story to unveil. And of course, there is the culture of Soweto. The Tuk Tuk tour is a great choice as you will get to visit some of the less touristy areas and get to mingle with the locals. Find out how Soweto and Johannesburg formed. The discovery of Gold being the defining factor back in 1886 leading to the world’s biggest and longest gold rush.

What is a Tuk Tuk?

A Tuk Tuk is basically a motorized 3-wheel rickshaw with 3 wheels. They are a common mode of transport in most Asian countries.  We would love to take you on this tour on the back of a lion but they are hungry at this time of the year and would just love a taste of you. So a better option to use the Tuk tuks. All of the Tuk Tuk vehicles we use are registered and licenced with the traffic department and have passed all road safety protocols.

Tour description

This half-day sightseeing tour from Johannesburg gets you around South Africa’s most famous ‘township’ by tuk-tuk, providing you with a 360-degree, high definition view of Soweto and its attractions aboard your open-air vehicle. Motor along to Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Vilakazi street, the local ‘shebeens’ ( beer houses) for a traditional lunch, Soweto style and the historical community of Kliptown ( the oldest and most colourful suburb of Johannesburg)

Start your 4.5-hour tour of Soweto at 8am where you’ll meet your guide. He will pick you up from your hotel in Johannesburg. The drive to Soweto takes about 30 minutes depending on the traffic. We then hop aboard a tuk-tuk, a three-wheeled covered motorcycle for the rest of your day tour. And stress not. You do not have to drive the tuk tuk. Our guide will be driving you. So you can just kick back and take in the vibe and culture of Soweto.  Whether you are exploring Soweto for the first time, or returning for another visit, this tour will surely offer you a different perspective on the history and culture of the city.

Do I need to drive the tuk-tuk?

 No. We have a qualified local guide who will do all the guiding and driving.

When are the tours?

The tour is held daily. The up time is 8am

.What is the group sizes?

We like to keep this unique half day tour of Soweto to a maximum of 10 people to enhance the overall experience.

Is this tour for me?

What is the Travel Style? 10-to-Sixty-somthings

The day tour is a relaxed, fresh, and informative adventure in the back of a tuk tuk.

Physical Rating: 1 – Light

There is a bit of light walking between some of the attractions. Suitable for all fitness levels. Nothing too challenging we promise.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max10, avg 4.

Age requirement: 10-60

Additional information

Number of Tickets1 ticket @ R2500, 2 tickets @ R1900 PP, 3 tickets @ R1650 PP, 4 tickets @ R1400 pp, 5 tickets @ R1350 pp, 6 tickets @ R1350 PP, 7 tickets @ R1350 PP, 8 tickets @ R1350 PP


Free hotel pick up from centrally located hotels within Johannesburg
Return transfers to the Tuk Tuk tour starting point
Local guide who is also the tuk tuk driver
4 hour Soweto tour in a Tuk Tuk
Traditional Soweto Lunch
Entrance fees into all attractions
Bottled Water


Drinks (available to purchase along the route)

Daily tour departures

Free Pickup from a centrally located hotel in Johannesburg

Popular choice with kids

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Private guide for a more personalized experience

Authentic South African cultural experience

Visit iconic tourist attractions that include Mandela’s house, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street.

No hidden costs

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 8am.

We then take the 30-minute drive into the heart of Soweto to meet our Tuk Tuk guide for the day tour.

After some refreshments and an introduction into the history and what to expect on this Soweto half day tour, we jump into the Tuk Tuk to begin the adventure.

We then spend the next 4 hours exploring the iconic tourist attractions of Soweto. These include Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Vilakazi Street. We will also explore some of the of back streets of Soweto and get a real feel for the culture and soul of this fascinating and colourful township.

After the tour, we enjoy a traditional Soweto lunch and enjoy an ice cold beer in the local Shebeen ( bar) with the locals.

We will drop you back at your hotel again by about 3pm.

Half day soweto tour

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