Thursday, 18 September 2008

Adventure in Soweto



Soweto is a place where historically, amazing things happen and if you were to combine adventure activity, entrepreneurialism and originality, you would probably come up with one of the following two Soweto based operations.

Our Blog has probably featured the Orlando Towers Power Swing more than any other activity and today, we make mention of it once again. If you don’t know by now, it’s a really big swing that requires participants to jump off a very high cooling tower that forms part of the old Soweto power station, no longer in use. It is worthy of praise for its originality, the spectacular view of Soweto, and the heart pumping rush that’s worth every cent of the cost.

The other Soweto based business that’s come across our radar is Soweto Backpackers. I heard a radio interview on local station SAFM with owner operators Lebo and Maria, which was both interesting and enjoyable. Shortly thereafter I saw a write up about them in the business section of the Sunday times, and was again in awe, of a totally original concept that works.

Because of the vital role it played in facilitating change to the South African political landscape, Soweto has great historical significance and has since 1994, become a big tourist destination. Lebo quickly realized, that many among those coming in on day tours, wanted to stay and enjoy its friendly and vibrant atmosphere, he therein saw the opportunity and has never looked back.

Besides overnight accommodation, they also present visitors with a unique opportunity to Experience Soweto by bike! These fun in the sun trips take enthusiasts to places like migrant worker’s hostels, Meadowlands, Hector Pieterson Museum, Nelson Mandela’s and Bishop Tutu’s house, and to finish it off, a relaxing cold drink at the local shebeen. (Traditional pub)

Well done to them and we wish them everything of the best, visit there website, www.sowetobackpackers.co.za .

Ps.For those who might be interested, that’s me in the pic, try it you will love it.

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