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One Day in Soweto
Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an impact in each and everyone of them and how Soweto has changed today. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch of Kota (Local burger)
Design a bespoke African print masterpiece with Caraci
Custom bomber jacket/ an African print clothing item experience - from concept to finished garment Explore and experience Johannesburg’s fashion district like never before. The Fashion Capital and the historical fashion square are located in the old Johannesburg city. The designer will walk with you to fabric shops in the inner city, where you will select a unique African print that you love from hundreds of options. You will then meet a member of his design team and have your measurements taken. You will collaborate with them on the creation of your custom jacket. The experience is paired with a photoshoot in the trendy neighbourhoods of Maboneng and Braamfontein, and a vlog video of the whole experience will be recorded and shared at the end (optional). 1. Choose a unique African print from one of our local fabric stores (fabric included). 2. Learn how to take body measurements for the making of clothing garments. 3. Cut the pattern and pieces for your custom bomber jacket or any other item made in African print (discuss with us via messages on the possibility) 4. Learn basic stitching and hand sewing in a practical lesson, while putting together your garment (expert studio assistants will guide you). 5. While you enjoy lunch, your bomber jacket will be completed by our assistants. 6. You'll star in a street photoshoot wearing your custom bomber jack
Soweto Bicycle Experience
Join me as we cycle through the vibrant & historical township of Soweto, Orlando east and west. We will start our bicycle tour on Vilakazi street, the only street in the world with 2 Nobel prize winners. We will visit the Nelson Mandela house, Desmond Tutu's house, Hector Pietersen museum, Winnie Mandela's house, and other attractions like the YMCA hall where Nelson Mandela used to train boxing in Orlando East. Please bring small bills to tip the guys selling and dancing outside these stops (The tips are optional, it is okay if you don't have or don't want to tip). We will have lunch in Orland East, our lunch is a Kota. A Kota is like a street burger. It is a loaf of bread cut into half, then into a quarter, then you fill it with fries, mini sausages, cheese, and a spicy salad. Kota is our ultimate favorite meal in Soweto. After lunch, we will cycle to the Soweto brewing company, passing through the township of Orlando East. At the Soweto brewing company, we will enjoy a refreshing beer-tasting experience (or soft drink). Once we are done at the Soweto brewing company, we will cycle back to the start. The route is easy, but hilly too. We do have safe parking if you are driving to the meet point.
Bicycle Tour of Soweto
The township of Soweto, once a byword for oppression, had a major role in overturning apartheid. Cover more ground than you would on a walking tour while remaining close to the city streets on this half-day guided bicycle tour, complete with a traditional kota sandwich lunch. You'll learn not only about Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Hector Pieterson but about the women who helped topple apartheid, such as Liliian Mgoyi. Start your cycling tour in Orlando West, to learn how Soweto was started in 1904 and share the history of this Township. Continue to Mama Lilian Ngoyi's house, an anti-apartheid activist. Cycle to Hector Pietersen Museum where the Soweto uprising transpired which was one of the turning points of apartheid. This tour will get you closer to all the highlights of Soweto. See the Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. Then, pass by Tutu House on Vilakazi Street, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his family once resided. Talk about the Nobel Laureate's contribution to apartheid's downfall in South Africa. Give your feet a break by stopping for lunch. Taste South African sandwiches called kota before cycling back to the starting point.
African Wildlife Safari Pilanesberg
Please note! This nature & outdoor safari experience is hosted from Johannesburg. If the scheduled date of the instance does not suite your requirement, please contact me via the Airbnb app to see if your preferred date for a safari may be available. I will collect you from your place of lodging at 6am (earlier or later if you prefer) and drive you in a closed air-conditioned vehicle to Pilanesberg National Park. I will be your personal guide during the safari and will share my expert knowledge on the Fauna and Flora as well as the iron age history within Pilanesberg National Park. The safari price includes a mid morning snack and soft drink, lunch, and an afternoon snack and soft drink. If you do not have your own camera, a digital camera with a 300mm zoom lens can be provided for your personal use during the safari. You will have access to all the pictures taken whilst on safari. You will be returned to your place of lodging after the safari has ended. NB! MY AVAILABILITY: (I could be flexible to accommodate you) I host several experiences on Airbnb. If the date you prefer to partake in this experience is not available on the calendar, please send me a query with regards to available times through the Airbnb app. There could be a possibility that another experienced is not book yet, and I could then make the date available to accommodate you.
One Day in Jo'burg
Walk through the city centre and feel the bustle and hustle of the people, lifestyle and culture of Johannesburg. Visit Nelson Mandela's Law firm and discover gems. Meeting in Market Theatre, in Newtown, then move on to the Workers Museum, the last surviving municipal compound for African men in Johannesburg. Continue to Chancellor House, where Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo set up South Africa’s first black-owned law firm. Uncover Main Street, which offers some of the best architectural buildings in the city. Main Street will lead us to Gandhi Square, a busy urban hub of commercial and retail activity. From there, move on to the Top of Africa, inside the tallest skyscraper on the continent (temporarily Closed, till further notice). We will take local transport to Maboneng, an art district dedicated to young entrepreneurs for a BBQ Local lunch (vegan, vegetarian friendly).
Soweto and its hidden gems
We will meet at a historical place the Hector Pieterson Memorial site which is mostly about the 1976 student uprising which was a turning point in our history and walk down the most famous street in South Africa,Vilakazi street the only street with two Nobel peace prize recipients who are Dr Nelson Mandela and The Arch Bishop Tutu.The look out point where you can get a birds view of Soweto and how big it is and get to see the iconic Orlando towers which will be one of our stops .Jump into a mini bus like the locals do,then lunch time you get to eat what the locals call lunch,browse our beautiful ,colorful markets and meet some of our elders who played an instrumental role in our liberation. After all you have absorbed about Soweto online in news papers come join me and get the real picture
Maboneng Street Art Tour
Discover why Johanessburg’s artistic hub is recognized worldwide as a booming creative center on this 2-hour guided walking tour. You’ll see some of the best street art from around the world and even meet some of the artists themselves. Hit the streets of Maboneng Precinct and Jewel City to see why South Africa has long been recognized for its exciting modern art. Your guide will take you to meet the locals and explore Joburg subcultures, learn about the artists, their motivations, and the different techniques they use. You’ll walk through individual pieces and get an overview of these colorful pieces, experiencing first-hand just how street art is changing the perspective in these local communities. Other Things to Note. **Do not hesitate to send a message asking about availability. I can add spots and be available anytime!**
Street Photoshoot in Maboneng Precinct
We'll explore the The Maboneng Precinct. We'll walk up to the top of the street where we will view a little bit of the Maboneng history. There are various African restaurants, street art and the famous Maboneng sign where we’ll take photo’s. We'll then walk through local African street stalls selling paintings, clothing and local handmade merchandise. There are a few spots where we’ll stop and take photo’s as we make our way to a new local area called Jewel City where there is some beautiful street art. There are some rooftop bars where you can enjoy the views of our beautiful City of Johannesburg. Here you can decide whether to enjoy a refreshing local beer or cocktail and sit back and enjoy the view. Other things to note It is very normal to feel nervous for a photoshoot. The important thing to remember is to be yourself. Make sure you wear something comfortable and something you feel comfortable wearing.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve Experience
Lets go out of the city and visit at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve which is a privately-owned game reserve covering 1600 hectares. With plenty of game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature just an hour’s drive outside of Johannesburg. I will collect & drop you off at your residence. This tour require a minimum of 2 people to take place, solo travelers please inquire before booking to avoid disappointment. Tour date can be adjusted to meet your availability; please inquire should you want a different date to the scheduled one. Visitors can expect to view numerous species including lion, white rhino, wild dog, hippo, crocodile, cheetah and numerous antelope species inside an open game drive vehicle. The game drive takes between 1.5 and 2 hours long and depart at various scheduled times. Once booking is made, we will contact you to select a slot. N.B Sometimes the safari vehicle is not available, we will use my own vehicle at such instances.
Bongani's Original Street art to urs
This is a great tour for groups and team experiences especially team building exercises, they gain alot of ways on how to expand their worldly scopes on a daily basis, and multiple levels of how creativity is used beyond the art of drawing, and learning expressions in different forms. On this Street art walk i pay dedicated attention to the world of graffiti, i focus on different levels of graffiti and share unique aspects that are invisible to people who don’t have any affiliation to the art world of the streets. Visitors get a wider knowledge of why the graffiti artist are motivated to do what they do as i give you an in depth explanation of some of the pieces. Graffiti artist are now formal and informal revivers to derelict spaces around Joburg or wherever there's a seemingly mundane culture, with rich stories and history that no one pays attention to. Street art fills up the void, it is that missing culture that is needed to bring life to an environment, it is an expression of thoughts in imagery and the freedom of different minds, who express themselves through spray painting walls and telling different stories. I've been a part of the 4 elements of the hip-hop movement from a very young age so you'll be walking with an insider. Other things to note Please note that this is a walking experience in the Johannesburg city center.
Photoshoot and Walking tour in the Maboneng Arts District
We will meet in Jewel City in the colorful area of Maboneng and begin taking our photographs from there and walk towards the end of Fox Street whilst taking photographs that your friends are sure to be jealous of along the way! We will pass nice little arts and crafts stores in which you can purchase all sorts of goodies Inside of If you would like to. I will help you with posing If you would like. Along the way, we can shoot in front of many urban art pieces as well as on the street which is mainly where the photos will be taken. The photoshoot and tour will end at the end of Fox Street and I will make sure that you can safely call an Uber to wherever you need to go next and wait with you to ensure your safety.
Authentic Soweto Tour walking or cycling
Join me on this authentic cycling experience of Soweto . I take you through the streets of Soweto , to the former mine workers' compounds, then we stop at the Hector Peterson Museum (where students protested against Afrikaans in 1976). Next destination is the most famous street in South Africa where the 2 Nobel prize winners lived : indeed we stop at Nelson Mandela house then at Archbishop Desmund Tutu home . Lots more will be seen during our tour for example the house of Winnie Mandela who contributed immensely against the Apartheid system and browsing through curio shops . Then time for refreshments at a Soweto traditional bar (Shebeen). Finally enjoy a traditional Sowetan buffet lunch (we cater for vegetarian, vegan etc…). I accept last minute bookings, simply contact us!
SketchYour Way Around Sandton CBD
No sketching experience required- Beginners, kids & families welcome :) Great for groups, great for teams and great for team-building. This experience uncovers the trendy hotspots of Sandton CBD and revisits its rich monuments of old. We will meet on the Sandton Gautrain plaza (95 Rivonia Road Sandown) for an introduction & some warm up sketching exercises as we take in the vibrancy of the various dynamics of the CBD and the cutting edge architecture of the Sandton Precinct. We will then explore West Str- guests get a chance to see the city transform through new developments & get a sense of a genuine Sandton streetscape. We will head through vibrant Rivonia rd and 5th Str, absorbing incredible views of the architecture and street scape citynd offer great opportunities to sketch. Several great cafes & surrounding installations within Sandton CBD Precinct offer a chance to wind down thereafter. The needs of the group and daily factors means that the experience is always different, whether you have not picked up a pencil since childhood or are a seasoned artist, it is always an adventurous & eye opening way to explore this incredible example of a redeveloping city and its inhabitants & interact with it creatively and imaginatively.
Lesedi Cultural Village with pick up and drop off
We do the tour of Lesedi Cultural Village, one of the best Cultural Villages in South Africa, situated in the Cradle of Humankind. You will explore the glorious diversity of cultures of the Ethnic groups in South Africa. Lesedi cultural village provides an excellent African experience in the country; one that provides warmth,depth and insight into South Africa's colorful diversity of tribal cultures. On arrival you are welcome by the representative. The tour begins with a video depicting History and Culture followed by a guided tour of five Ethnic groups homesteads of the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Pedi and Basotho and ends with not- to -be -missed dance extravaganza. Allocated time include traveling time and price indicated include pick up and drop off, guided tour and entrance fee. Lunch is not included on the price.( Optional ) We pick up and drop off at hotels and guest houses in Johannesburg North,North West and East including Sandton,Rosebank,Melrose Arch, Edenvale, Bedfordview, Randburg, Roodepoort etc. Sadly,no pick up in the City centre and International airport arrivals. Guests outside Johannesburg- in Kempton Park,and hotels around O R Tambo International airport etc,should contact us,we will customize their date price to suit their pick up point. Please contact the host and Request availability in case the date you are looking for is not on the calender below