Bicycle Township Tour

Experience the lifestyle of the majority of South Africans on our interactive cultural Township Tour. Learn about the political past of Apartheid, how to click like a Xhosa and join the Sangoma for a traditional ceremony all whilst cycling through the community on a bicycle. 

“AWOL’s Community-based Bicycle Tours in Cape Town are a responsible take on township tours, providing tourists with many more opportunities to interact with the community than they would have from an air-conditioned bus.”

AWOL Tours now offers scheduled  Masiphumelele Bicycle Township Tours with daily departures at 10am from our workshop at Chasmay Campus near Kommetjie/Noordhoek. Private tours including transfers with language guides available on request.

AWOL started operating Bicycle Township Tours in Masiphumelele in 2002 in conjunction with BEN a non-profit organisation that imports second hand bikes, trains bike mechanics and assists entrepreneurs to operate bicycle shops in communities. We also sponsor shared premises with Songezo cycling academy where tour guests, on occasion, get to meet and engage with these young athletes. Guests have the option to sponsor a younger rider or bring nutritious high energy non perishable food items to assist with cycle tour training.

A local guide will take us round the township visiting interesting places and explaining some local Xhosa customs. During school time, we visit a local crèche where the teachers work under very difficult circumstances. Part of the tour proceeds go towards the betterment of their facilities. A highlight of the tour is to visit a Sangoma (traditional healer) who performs interactive dancing and drumming.  For lunch we visit a local African restaurant or a local entrepreneur who hosts the tourist groups in her home and prepares authentic African tea or lunch.  10% of all tour proceeds go directly to Masicorp a non profit organisation.

Guests might have reservations about visiting an informal settlement and feel awkward at viewing people’s obvious poverty. The local residents in townships welcome you and encourage tours to take place in their communities, as it is one way in which they have an opportunity to get involved in the tourism sector. The tours are operated on a non profit basis and a fee goes directly to the people we visit who make this tour possible.

The AWOL tourism project in Masiphumelele has generated significant, sustainable benefits and has proven to provide real, lasting benefits for the local people. To make an additional donation to our partner charity, Masicorp please click on the donate button below.

Masicorp donate button

The AWOL  Bicycle Township Tour, depart daily on scheduled tours at 10am from Chasmay Road Campus with guaranteed departure. Guests can opt to upgrade to a private tour for an additional R200 per person

** Prices valid from the 1st Oct 2020 to 31st Oct 2022:

  • Half-day Township tour is from R900 per person, min one and max ten departing daily at 10am , excluding transport
  • Private Half-day Township tour is R1100 per person min two excluding transfers
  • Guided experience with township guide
  • Sangoma (traditional healer) dancing and drumming
  • Donation to Masicorp non profit
  • Visit to Masivelani crèche (only available during the week)
  • Gospel Church visit (on Sundays only)
  • Visit crafters and local artists in community
  • Lunch at Nongoloza’s or Nonni’s Restaurant or tea in an African home
  • Hire of Old fashioned Dutch Bicycles
  • Excludes Transport to and from accommodation which can be booked with private language guide for R2500 – R3000 per group depending on the number of guests

Please note that some attractions like the library and pre-school are CLOSED during the week-end and on school & public holidays.

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