Lebo's Soweto Backpackers is the accommodation for backpackers in Soweto. But this is no ordinary overnight stay. Lebo's is all about the experience, offering both daytime tours and overnight adventures. However, there is also a deep sense of homeliness to this humble hotel. With its self-catering guest house, outdoor camp site and nightly meals served around the fire, it's almost impossible not to feel welcome.

Over the past few months, Lebo's has been at a standstill. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, they've had to halt all tours, events and room bookings. To keep themselves afloat, they've offered experience packages to buy now and use later on their walking tours, tuk tuk rides and cycle tours around Soweto. Their quirky yellow tuk tuks have been hard at work too, delivering fresh produce to the community nearby. Overall, throughout this difficult period, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers has shown itself to be a dedicated community centre and beacon of hope for better times. As lockdown regulations begin to ease, here's what Lebo's has in store:

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Lebo's In Level 3 Lockdown

As we enter advanced level 3 lockdown, things are on the up at Lebo's Soweto Backpackers. They are now welcoming essential workers and business guests for accommodation at affordable prices. For nurses, doctors and other essential workers, this service is invaluable. Providing them with a safe place to stay after long shifts, Lebo's has become a safe haven for our most unsung heroes. Strict hygiene measures will be in place to ensure their staff and guests stay healthy.

As we gradually reopen our economy too, many business people require a safe, comfortable and affordable venue to stay over. Lebo's is saving the day with their budget accommodation and homely atmosphere. The hotel should also soon open their doors to guests for recreational purposes as well. We can't think of a better place to unwind after months in lockdown. It's the home away from home you never knew you needed!

Guided Tours

Tour guides are allowed to operate in level 3 lockdown as well, which means that Lebo's unique Soweto experiences have been able to resume to some extent. This winter they are offering superb deals on their walking and cycle tours through the historical streets of Soweto. Small family groups, couples or individuals are invited to book a private tour at discounted rates. Come and experience Soweto like never before, taking in all the sights, sounds and tastes that Lebo's has to offer. This is definitely going down on our post-lockdown bucket list!

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For More Information

Visit www.sowetobackpackers.com for more information about Lebo's Soweto Backpackers accommodation and experience packages. You can also follow them on Facebook or Instagram to stay up to date with their lockdown offerings.

Details: 10823A Pooe Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg | (Tel) +27 (0)11 936 3444 /+27 (0)74 360 9085 | [email protected]

 Soweto shows off an authentic history which tells the story of the Apartheid era. 

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Where To Eat

Knowing where to eat in Soweto shouldn’t be a challenge at all. Here, you will find traditional meals that display true township culture. From the famous shisa nyama, buffets, soul food, kota’s to even sidewalk street vendors selling everything from tripe, to the famous "inyama yenhlokho" (pig and cow heads… it’s not as bad as it sounds), you'll basically get a gourmet meal around every corner to tantalise your tastebuds. And do not forget the traditional beer, "umqombothi" too. Don't forget the traditional beer, "umqombothi." Here is our Culinary Guide To Soweto's Best Restaurants for all you newcomers.

What To Do

Culture & History

Soweto has developed an authentic urban lifestyle. That's why it is a must visit for tourists who are looking for more than just nature, sea and the big five. Vilakazi Street in Orlando is one of the most famous streets in the area, with a history that still displays a large part of Soweto’s culture. Here, you will find the house that Nelson Mandela and his family lived in from 1946 to the 1990s. This house is now a museum, attracting thousands of tourists each month, both local and international.

The Hector Pieterson Museum is also found on this street. This heritage venue shows off the memorial site of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

The Walter Sisulu Square, based in the heart of Kliptown is also a must visit. This is mzansi’s first township entertainment explosion centre, consisting of outlets suitable for local traders and hosting all sorts of events that attract both the locals and tourists.

And for sporting fanatics, what would a visit to Soweto be without experiencing the vibe and atmosphere of the famous Soweto Derby? This is usually the biggest soccer derby in the country with two rival teams, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, going head-to-head. Here, you get to experience and be part of a true and authentic sporting vibe – don’t forget your earplugs and a Vuvuzela.

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Night Life, Festivals & Shopping

There is always a place to party in Soweto. Whether you are looking for a simple laid back environment in the ghetto, a club or bar, a social night market, a township shebeen, or even literally hanging at the Orlando Towers; there’s a place to suit your mood and lifestyle.

You can also check out the recently introduced Soweto Street Culture Festival on Vilakazi Street, the annual Soweto Wine Festival, The Locrate Market, the famous Fashion Week or even the Soweto Market – there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.

For a more familiar shopping/mall experience, visit Maponya Mall in Pimville. You will find everything here, from popular shops, restaurants, gyms and churches. So, whether you prefer going on a shopping spree, or having a chilled, laid-back day at one of the bars or even working out – Soweto is the place to be.

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Getting Around

Getting around Soweto has never been easier. With every location being a few kilometres from each other, one can easily catch a local mini-van taxi (who will not charge you more than R10). They will take you to the Bara Taxi Rank where you can get transport to any location of your choice. If taxis aren’t your choice of travel, there is always the Rea Vaya bus service. This bus links Johannesburg CBD and Braamfontein with Soweto, making it a convenient way not only to travel within Soweto, but outside of the township too.

Being such an iconic township and a city on its own, Soweto is a major point of interest independently. If you haven't yet made your way down there and soaked up the culture, vibe, traditions and history... best you do so soon. You don't know what you're missing!

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