Reason: "Soweto is one of the most popular historic township in South Africa. I booked a tour to cycle around this town to see the other side of Johannesburg."
On 11th April 2014, my first day arriving in South Africa, I decided to book a bike tour by Soweto Bicycle Tour. I went with the 4 hours bike tour, because the full day only add museum visits to the package which is something I can pass by. The tour costed R480 (~45USD) which I think was quite expensive for a 4 hours tour, but Soweto is a place I have always wanted to see. The tour allowed me access to one of the most historical township, mingle with the locals and see how they really live. I think it was worth it.
The main guide was informative, but a little rude sometime. My bike broke down several times, and he didn't look happy at all, fixing the bike. The guide assistant though was awesome (the guy with a white shirt in the photo).
They also do pickup from the airport but it costed as much as the tour itself. The thing is, the airport is way out of the city area, and even further away from Soweto so it was understandable.
The tour will guide you through places on a bike, with around 6 - 7 stops, as the guide explained what each place meant. You will learn a great deal of history about Soweto, how the people thrives and get a glimpse of how they live in the township. At one point, we also went into this cottage, trying local beers and local delicacy (meats with Nshima), which I thought was superb and not to mention extremely delicious. Along the way you will find kids running around, asking for a lift (to god know's where) and asking for photos with you WITHOUT asking for money. I thought it was pretty amazing how friendly they are, unlike other places I've been.
The overall experience was superb, and I would totally recommend you to go for it. You would not see anything like this elsewhere in Jo'Burg.