Embrace the vibrant energy of the locals, and at the same time discover historical sites and stunning architecture of an inner-city experience… this is Jozi by bike

Encountering the city from a bicycle is an eco-friendly form of travel that ensures you get the true feel for the city and its people.

I set out feeling slightly apprehensive: I last cycled over 10 years ago. My head was swirling with so many questions. Would I manage to ride a bicycle for a couple of hours (wondering about my fitness levels at this point )? Was it safe to ride around these suburbs? Would it be worth my while? Well those thoughts of insecurity vanished in a flash.

Riding a bicycle is a skill we never lose, and the bike had gears making it a breeze for the one or two hills we endured. The local communities know Franck Leya, the CEO of our host, Honest Travel Experiences, so when they see the group peddling along there are many welcoming greetings shouted across the streets.

Tour leader Franck Leya

Was it worth my while? What a silly question – I loved it

Cycling along, the pace allows you to soak in your surroundings in a way that you cannot appreciate from your car window. When something grabbed my attention, we could stop and photograph it or talk about it. I have always had a love for the city and have been fascinated by its many faces, so to get up close and personal just made it all the more special.

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View of Ponte from Ellis Park

We set out from Ponte where we received a briefing on our bikes, safety talk and the route we would take

Working through a section of Hillbrow and learning about the 31 December activities that take place each year, we moved on to the Barnato gates at the old Johannesburg Girls school. Feeling peckish we stopped for a Kato, an authentic South African street food, it was mouthwatering and incredibly filling. Next stop was the Door of Hope, aka The hole in the wall, where abandoned babies are left.

Hillcrest streets

In Yeoville, attention was paid to the many historic synagogues, churches and old houses

Painted door in Yeoville

 

Free wheeling down Stewart Drive was exhilarating: I was having a blast. The freedom and fun of being in command of my bike, knowing that the brakes were all that stopped me becoming a part of the tarmac, gave the adrenaline an extra boost.

Community Farming in Bez Valley

 

Cruising the streets of Bertams, Ellis Park and finally finishing off in Bezuidenhout Valley for high tea at Moon Valley with the many talented actors and actresses was the perfect way to end a day, filled with adventure and appreciation of the City of Gold.

What you will gain from this experience

  • A wealth of information
  • Increase your fitness levels
  • Meet new people and make many friends
  • Contribute to the local communities with buying local
  • See the lifestyles of people beyond the usual tourist sites
  • Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the sounds of a bustling city
  • Personal interaction with the local guides – the glue that holds the tour together
  • An authentic and rewarding way to interact with the variety of cultures
  • A huge dose of the “WOW“ factor
  • Expertly designed trip to ensure every moment matters
  • A photo album on your camera or phone, that celebrates the art, culture and people
Barnato Gates on the other side of the high school

Tour highlights

  • A full day experience on pedals, exploring some hidden gems
  • Enjoy a traditional African street food – the Kota
  • Short skit performance put on at Moon Valley by local actors and actresses
  • The hospitality of the locals as you traverse the streets
  • Unforgettable scenery
  • Outstanding adventure
  • Free wheel down the dramatic Stewart Drive
  • Venture through the forgotten streets of the older Johannesburg suburbs

I love being a tourist in my own city

Travel local is so important as we should all know what is on our doorstep and the history and people that surrounds us. Honest Travel Experiences creates the magic, and having been in the tourism sector for over seven years, they know how to cater for individual needs AND support local communities by giving back.

This epic bike tour lets you enjoy the urban beauty of Johannesburg and its diverse people, and I will cherish this experience for a lifetime.

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