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“Not as expected”

Johannesburg Urban Adventures
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Johannesburg Tour: Cycle Soweto with a Local Guide
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Owner description: Johannesburg Urban Adventures offers unique and authentic day tours around Johannesburg. They range from 2 hour to 1 day adventures and uncover back streets, hidden gems, and fascinating sights. Step into the lives of locals, find out what makes the city tick, and get acquainted with the local food, culture, and traditions of Johannesburg. A local expert guide will provide the knowledge and lead you through a fantastic urban experience.
Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not as expected”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Our guide was only be capable of being our driver, not a guide. In the end, we changed the tour to suit us, but I would not recommend the Jozi By Foot tour to others

Our gide arrived at our hotel at 8:55 which was great and asked for me at the reception desk. The room was not registered under my name; it was registered under the name of my traveling companion. When he did not find us, he returned to the car which was parked out of sight of reception and waited. We arrived at reception at 9:05 and had no idea that he'd arrived and did not see him so we waited on a bench outside in front of reception. At 9:30 he came around to check again and found us. If he had waited at reception instead of the car out of sight, we would have started the tour on time.

When we toured the "Top of Africa" at Carlton Center, he said "there are some pictures around the inside that are interesting", but didn't give us a story except when we specifically asked what we were seeing out the windows.

Next we returned to the car (strange for a walking tour but I thought we'd walk soon).

We drove around looking for a parking place and had a nice lunch. Our guide ordered African food but did not tell us what to order from the menu to experience African food. We did have salads that we liked though.

We then looked at something that turned out to be an exhibit of living conditions for migrant workers. We couldn't exactly tell where the exhibit started and our guide did not accompany us into the building. By the time we found the interesting part, we'd wasted time wandering around looking at the building. We had to race through the exhibit because he said we had to catch up on time.

Next, he said we were going to tour the beer museum and then go to the Africa museum and already had the beer museum tickets for 1:30 pm. Didn't seem like a great idea to go to a museum after drinking alcohol but he’d set the schedule. We asked when we were going to the Apartheid Museum. We had both mis-read the tour schedule and thought the Apartheid Museum was on this tour. He explained that the Apartheid Museum was not on this tour.

When we said we wanted to go to the Apartheid Museum instead of the two other museums, he said we would have to pay for the entrance tickets ourselves as he’d already spent money on the beer museum tickets. We agreed and he took us there in the car. Because we did get to see interesting sights and the Apartheid Museum we feel we got our money’s worth, but it was not what we expected.

At the end, he had us sign a waiver form that was in German. Neither of us speak nor read German.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Carolyn D
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A bike tour without bikes...”
Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

At 8am right as we were being picked up we were kindly informed that the bike portion of the tour will not be till 4pm. This was a surprise since the company advertises itself as a bike tour. How did we get picked up for a bike tour at 8am only to get on a bike 8 hours later?! What made it even more complicated was because we had assumed their website was correct and the tour was "7-8 hours in duration"... we had planned on flying out later that day.

I am not totally unhappy - the guide was nice and we got to see a lot.

Bottom line. It isnt a bike tour. Dont be fooled. Its deceptive advertising.
Dont advertise this as a bike tour if you spend it mostly in a car.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Mrquinto2013
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good tour, but did not match itinerary”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

We enjoyed this tour but it would have been made better if we had been able to go into the Mandela House. Our cycle part of this tour had been booked for 3.00pm (which we found out on the day) - only problem is that they cannot guarantee the time...due to previous tours etc running late ... and we had to be back by 5.30 to meet a transfer to the airport. Recommend that if you have to be back for a specific time you ask them to book your cycle tour earlier. Luckily, we were able to change the time of the cycle part. We also did not get lunch...so the itinerary cannot be taken literally (eg meet for lunch). Our guide was great...we were the only two on the J'burg part of the tour and the Apartheid Musuem is to be recommended. We went on a Sunday so the city centre was dead...if you want to see J'burg in full swing and have a choice of days....go another day!

Visited March 2013
Thank Andrea B
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
2 reviews
“Cycle Soweto”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Amazing experience! The guides were very pleseant and paciently with me, because I'm not a good cyclist, and the tour shows everything you need to see in Soweto.

Visited February 2013
Thank Stella B
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cycle Soweto - the only way to go”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

What a fantastic trip. I loved every minute of my Cycle Soweto Urban adventure. It was a very interesting way to cover alot of ground in an amazing part of the country. The people were so friendly, the kids all came out to wave and give high fives. Our guide was just amazing, singing and ensuring everyone was safe and well. You don't have to be a pro biker to do this trip as it is at a leisurely pace...there are a few hills to get your heart pumping but those hills also give you a great view. Get off those tour buses and hit the streets on the bike to see Soweto the real way!

Visited July 2011
Thank TravelingAussiegirl
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