Lebo's Soweto Backpackers is amazing. Anyone going to Joburg and wanting to experience real South African life should go there. I spent three nights there with a group of students and everythings went fine. The staff was kind and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
Rooms and other facilities are very simple yet clean and cosy, you feel like at home. There is a little backyard, inside fences, where they provide games, music instruments and a self'-service bar. Every night there were some locals, probably friends of the owners, playing reggae around a fire. We also ate at Lebo's a couple of times and were very satisfied, especially with the South African barbeque. The meals have to be ordered in advance as there is no non-stop restauration available.
The surroundings of Lebo's place were interesting. It is actually a very safe neighbourhood to be (contrary to our doubts). There are middle-class houses around, the slums are about 1 km away. Lebo organizes bicycle tours to different parts of Soweto, they are great and funny, yet shocking for some parts. With our guide during 4 hours we saw some historic buildings, went to see the life in slums, drank beer with local people, ate cow's head grilled in front of us, heard wonderful stories... It was exciting but seeing the existence of extreme poverty and social problems like alcoholism was shocking. I would still strongly recommend taking this guided tour.
All in all, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers is a great experience. If you go there, do yourself a favour and reserve enough time to just enjoy the atmosphere at the hostel and to see the neighbourhood. You will appreciate that time.
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