Soweto tour from Sandton R 300 per person sharing, departing Gautrain Sandton.
Yes it is possible to do day trips to Soweto, from Sandton, for just R 300, from Melville, for just R 240.
With a “Passport to Soweto” to guide you, Johannesburg and Soweto’s new safe integrated transport system makes this budget price day trip possible.
Read the free pdf of Passport to Soweto link, buy your copy, and it will be waiting for you in Soweto.
Your cost of Gautrain Travel from Sandton to Park Station is approx R 30, your cost of travel from Park Station to Soweto, using the Rea Vaya, is approx R 15. From Sandton, return R 90, from Melville, return R 30.
See the Gautrain and Rea Vaya links for your introduction to cheap integrated travel in Johannesburg and Soweto.
The Gautrain is system is safe, you can buy a one way ticket, Sandton to Park Station, approx R 30, or, consider buying a Gold Card, and load money on the Card, allowing you to use the Gautrain Bus system, to access sites in Johannesburg.
When arriving from Sandton, as you leave the Turnstile, turn sharp right, and move towards the escalator and stairs, at the top of the escalator, before the exit, turn sharp right, and right again, and leave the station at the exit, towards the Gautrain Busses, head slightly left towards the traffic lights, at the traffic light, you enter the Rea Vaya bus station.
Rea Vaya allows the commuter to buy a one-way ticket, approx R 15, from the Rea Vaya bus stations, for those who wish to board a bus, off the ‘truck routes’, you would need to buy a Smart Card to travel (R25), these cards are often only bought at the Rissik Street / Park Station bus station.
If arriving from the Gautrain link, you may consider buying the card, loading one cash onto it, which will allow you to use the card for extra trips, on the sub-routes that operate in Soweto.
Board the T3 bus, travelling from the South to North, from the CBD, travelling from left to right, towards the entry to the Rea Vaya station, this route passes through the Melville area, if boarding in Park Station.
You are heading for the SAPS Rea Vaya bus station.
Taste of Africa, dedicated to open the hidden history of Soweto in the interest of the local community, will assist you to achieve this Real Price.
Guides will be made available if required, please enquire.
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour Susquehanna University day 1
Our first night of the Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, Susquehanna University day 1, was scheduled to sleep with families in Alexandra. We achieved this with our first intercultural exchange visit, with the entire group sleeping at Valentine’s place on 4th Avenue, Alexandra.
With Valentine’s mother ill, their power disconnected, we were forced to make a late change, and wishing to remain in the old section of Alexandra, with a larger group, we needed to use four different families, these families needed to be close together for group leader contribution, and as one family needed to withdraw at the last moment, we decided to sleep in Soweto, and share the day in the two Townships.
Intercultural Exchange in Alexandra:
Our regular point of start:
Here we first stand a listen to a brief introduction to the Alexandra History;
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY:
Alexandra, originally established as a white Township in the 1890’s then, when unable to sell land, the developer converted the Township to a black Township in 1912, sold all the land as the 1913 Land Act approached.
During the 1950’s Alexandra was famous for the 2 American type gangs that controlled the area.
Worse was the expropriation of all residential land, and the forceful removal of residents to Diepkloof in Soweto, and other areas in the late 1950’s.
It was th Apartheid Governments intention to use the land for Hostel Type dwellings to provide accommodation for the labour force, and by 1963 the male and female hostels were built.
In contrast to the forced removals in Sophiatown, because Alex was due to remain a black area, the Council started to collect rentals on all accommodation that was not vacated.
This resulted in difficulty to remove the land-owners who preferred to stay, and great conflict existed through till the 1970’s when Rev Buti was able to change the Council’s minds and the development of Alex was again started.
During the early 1980’s, through some link by a bank, contractors, and Councillors, property was re-sold to those who could afford bond homes. You paid a deposit, and an appointed contractor build the homes through a link to the building society.
Then, in 1986 the rent boycott, aimed at all the accommodation owned by the Council impacted on those Land-owners who maintained the control over their properties. To-date, no rent is being paid, and conflict exists in many ‘land-owner groups’ who claim ownership, in the face of Government Ownership.
This was followed by the removal of the restrictions on ‘influx-control’ and Alex was one of the first areas where informal shack accommodation swelled, resulting in the over-populated conditions we find today, high-density accommodation that the sewerage system can’t handle.
During 1990, when black on black violence, allegedly driven by outside forces, spread throughout the country, Alex, the ‘Dark City’ maintained relative peace. Then in March 1991 the IFP / ANC violence erupted in the area around the Mens Hostel. Many died, and all non-Zulus were chased out of the area, many of them leaving all their belongings and fleeing.
This section today is still occupied by the Zulu contingent that occupied this enclave.
This is a brief introduction to the dynamics that we need to be aware of:
We then walk along 1st Avenue Alex, and though the CBD, 1st Avenue, the taxi link and business area;
Our favourite time in Alexandra, is just as the sun is rising, lex comes alive, the hawkers start setting up.
We proceed past the female hostel, and vist the Favela on 6th, home to one of our guides and the Favela overnight accommodation.
We pass the Room where Nelson Mandela stayed in the 1940’s on 7th Avenue, then depending on time, a look at the Avenues before we walk via the upmarket Phase 2 with manicured gardens, an area typical of the suburbs, and one of the few space that Cedric has not photographed yet.
We move through the Zulu enclave, where one of our guides lived, and another, chased out by his neighbours in March 1991.
Then we visit the Mens hostel, and have lunch with Mugabe, the easting house Chef;
Then lunch over we head for Jabu’s place and an Alexandra Goodbye;
What did the 2016 group miss in Alexandra?
The 2014 group divided into four groups, visited various activities, but fear not, the 2016 group did not miss too much;
However, the evening in the shebeen, on 4th Avenue, may have been more exciting that Stanley’s Place in Diepkloof Zone 5. Soweto:
Thanks for joining us, as we experienced Cultural Exchange in Alexandra Township;
Intercultural Exchange with Big 5 flavour, takes us to Soweto.
Stanley, our guide, takes you on a walk, talking about the Old Soweto’s hero, and leader, James Sofasonke Manzi’s history;
We then visit the 90 year-old Gogo;
The visitors then spend the night in homestay, with our Soweto Mothers, as Cedric does not take photo’s he invites the Susquehanna 2016 group, to visit the 24 Hours in Soweto link:
Alexandra, Soweto and the people, were loved by the group;
Cheap transport, to and from ORT Airport, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi,
In order to spend a number of days in Johannesburg, the visitor needs to be introduced to the Johannesburg Cheap Transport Local Taxi, and to attract the international visitor to this site, already popular with our local people, Taste of Africa introduces cheap, quick, easy access, to visiting the Apartheid Museum, see below.
As they were raised in Melville, both Nettie and Cedric de la Harpe will not be blamed for promoting Melville as the ideal base for your Johannesburg sojourn.
To assist the budget traveller, and those who would prefer to spend their available money, on more than just transport, we will run this blog to create a culture of using the cheap transport systems, allowing you to invest in our magic.
What is our motivation for this initiative, where we lose a little on transfer costs, we will make up on providing the visitor with the magic experience of walking the streets of Johannesburg, Soweto and Alexandra.
For the visitor who wishes to visit the Apartheid Museum via local taxi transport, you may use the Bree Street taxi rank, see below. Mid-way between West & Sauer Streets is and entrance with a stairway to the upper floor, use the steps to the upper floor, turn right at the top, follow to the end and turn left, and then mid-way on the left is an entrance to the upper-floor.
Enter, and to your right, approx 3rd lane, ask for the Baza-Baza taxi, and tell the driver and passengers you wish to be dropped at the Apartheid Museum. This is important, the taxi has options that could result in taxi not passing AM:
The Bree Street Rank reflects the vast changes of South African life. The ranks, when I was younger, 30 to 40 years ago, were the public parking garages, used mainly by the whites. Then, as the whites moved out of the Central Business District, and the parking garages stood empty for years, the taxi industry were housed in these buildings. The City of Johannesburg, as part of their beautifying the city project, has commissioned numerous interesting pieces of art that surround these ranks.
Both on the ground floor, and the upper-level, there are hawkers and small businesses providing for the commuters daily needs. Almost every commuter requires to use two, maybe three taxi rides to get to work in the morning. and often, the closest that the commuters get to shopping, is while they are changing from one taxi route to another.
When visiting Melville, or returning to Melville, to locate the Melville taxi, use the same entrance as described above, take the steps down to basement, turn left, keep left and take the next step to the lower level, and then turn right, crossing over to the first paved isle, which service at the terminal, ask for the Melville taxi.
When leaving Melville, use Main Road, south, or Kingsway, east, index finger in the air, will stop the taxi. 3 fingers indicates Bree Street, 5 fingers indicates Noord Street.
Just after you pass the Gas Works, on the corner of Enoch Sontongo Street,the taxi may stop, this is if the driver is aware that a passenger wishes to divert past the Oriental Plaza, Newtown to Bree rank. At this stage, passengers are redistributed as the same association shares the passengers among the two routes.
This is your opportunity to visit the Oriental Plaza en route to Newtown.
For those of you who would prefer a guide to experience the magic of these areas, Taste of Africa will oblige, we are just not into, selling the typical tourist site, that only requires transfer.
This section is aimed at permitting the more adventurous visitor to get through Johannesburg, and into Soweto while they appreciate the magic that exists, as economically as possible.
For those who have climbed Kilimanjaro, I always say, reaching the Peak was great, but I will always remember the getting there.
Use this section in combination with the traditional Street Maps and guide books.
Taste of Africa will assist with any enquiries via contact below, or email@example.com, provided you make enquiries seven days ahead of your visit. For those visitors who make use of a Taste of Africa guiding services through Johannesburg & Soweto, we will support you throughout your stay in Johannesburg, should you wish to venture through Johannesburg on your own.
‘Local shared taxi’ a negative in the suburban South African communities, but the daily mode of transport for 65% of the South African community.
You are able to board a local taxi on most corners in the Urban areas, however, at peak times it is often essential to stand in the queue at the taxi rank, as the taxi will be fill when they pass. We must warn you, many of the boarding stations very little respect for age and gender is given, if the taxi door opens, get in first, else you will be left on the street.
In general, the index finger pointed towards the sky will stop a taxi heading for the centre of the city, however, many ranks also have their individual signs when a route provides the service to more than one rank.
When in the taxi rank, ask the drivers/controllers to ensure that you are boarding the correct taxi, tell the driver and passengers where you wish to alight, if you are boarding on a street corner, ask other on the corner for the desired hand-sign for your destination.
When boarding a taxi always have your fare ready, do not use large notes early in the morning. The fares are passed from the rear of the taxi to the passenger sitting alongside the driver, or alternatively to the driver. Where possible you are expected to collect fares and take change during the process to relieve the driver of the load. Just a word of warning, ask, there are areas where payments take place at certain points en route, and sometimes, just before you alight.
Always ensure that the driver knows where you wish to be dropped, and do not hesitate to talk to your fellow passengers if you are not sure.
Our support information will prepare you for what you can expect when you arrive at the terminal, in order that you do not give the appearance of being lost on arrival.
Throughout the world you need to be aware, do not be careless with your camera, do not flash your wallet around, and decline an offer of any ‘tout’ who wishes to show you around.
Read up before you venture into the area, know what you are visiting and the times that they are open.
In these high-density pedestrian traffic areas that you will go through at the taxi terminals, the community are very aware of your level of anxiety. The more relaxed you are, the more you are respected.
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BREE STREET RANK:
The Bree Street rank services the Soweto, Melville to Rosebank / Randburg areas, and through to Hillbrow.
Situated on Bree Street, central Johannesburg, between Sauer Street and West St / the Street that crosses the Nelson Mandela Bridge:
From Melville you will cross the Nelson Mandela Bridge. Then alight as the taxi take the left just before the rank.
When using the taxi to Bree, and you wish to get to Noord, please ask the driver, they could be including the Noord in their link.
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Constitution Hill, can be accessed from the Bree Street taxi rank, either using the taxi that goes to Yeoville, or a walk via Mandela Bridge and Braamfontein.
Coming in from Sandton, towards the Noord Street rank, the driver can drop you a block away, coming from Melville, you can alight, as you approach the Mandela Bridge, and walk up through Braamfontien, moving around the Civic centre.
Noord Street Taxi Rand:
The Noord Street Taxi Rank, consists on the enclosed MTN Rank, as seen below, but also covers the extended are as discussed below.
Noord Street is easily accessed when arriving by taxi from the Northern and Eastern suburbs and Alexandra. It is recognised by the high density taxi traffic and the high density pedestrian traffic.
Taxis travelling from the Melville Area, do have the option of taking you through to Noord Street, check with the driver, if not, there is a ‘local feed’ operating between Bree and Noord.
Taxis are restricted to leave from certain ranks, but when the arrive in central Johannesburg, there is very little restriction.
From the North and East, many taxi’s arrive in the Noord Street area on Klein Street, travelling from North to South.
From this rank you will access taxi’s to Pretoria, Sandton, Alexandra, and suburbs to the East.
On your left is Joubert Park, then the Johannesburg Art Gallery, your taxi will pass the JAG on the left, cross the rail line, and first a shopping centre on your left. You will need to alight between Noord Street and De Villiers Street. The Rank now is enclosed, as per picture above, the view is shown from Twist Street, and the shopping centre is on your right.
If wishing to move to the Bree Street Taxi Rank, move to the far side of the MTN Taxi Tank to Plain Street, diagonally opposite on the left, Corner Klein and Plein Street, under the big sign, Taxi Butchery, you board the taxi to Bree.
The Drill Hall can be visited while in the area, walk through between the MTN Taxi Rank and the shopping centre, and cross Twist Street, the large red building seen opposite.
Travellers wishing to access the ORT Airport Cheaply, can do so, using local taxi transport, from the MTN rank, move along De Villiers Street, in an Easterly Direction, keeping the Drill Hall, the large red brick building, on your left, continue two blocks or so, towards claim street, and you will find, by asking, a taxi that will take you to ORT Airport:
From ORT Airport to Johannesburg:
This is the more difficult option, mainly because you must not ask for assistance, there is no person on the airport who will believe that you can use a local taxi, after-all, you have enough money to used an expensive taxi.
Leave the arrivals terminal, onto the road way, turn right, and walk towards the oncoming vehicles that are arriving. As you leave the arrivals terminal, keep right, you will reach a fork that takes you down to a road way, at a lower level. Parked just under the vehicle ramp, you will find a shared taxi, if not, ask a local, the taxi will arrive soon.
During the morning, and late afternoon, your taxi will take you straight to the De Villiers Street rank, two blocks from the MTN rank, should they not be travelling direct, they will move via the Kempton Park taxi rank, where you may need to switch taxi.
A few years back, using this link, we could access Soweto, via the MTN rank for a total of R 45, today it my be R 60.
Wanderers Street, Long Distance Taxi Rank:
Johannesburg’s link to Long Distance Taxi’s depart from the seen on the Google Map, just north of Noord Street, on Wanderers Street. You must get there early in the morning if you wish to use this service.