NO ZONE IS A NO-GO ZONE ALEXANDRA

NO ZONE IS
A NO-GO ZONE
ALEXANDRA

9 hours. Incl 2-hour walking tour, lunch & outride

FROM

R2 797

PER PERSON SHARING

Prices are per person sharing. Please contact us
at for single supplement prices if travelling alone.

NO ZONE IS
A NO-GO ZONE

9 hours. Incl 2-hour walking tour, lunch & outride

FROM

R2 797

PER PERSON SHARING

Prices are per person sharing. Please contact us
at for single supplement prices if travelling alone.

NO ZONE IS A NO-GO ZONE

 

An experience that will debunk the myth that townships are a hotbed of violence. Meet hostel leaders & Rastafarians, learn about gangs & community protection forums. Appreciate the ever changing tapestry & mixture of different cultures knitted together as one.

CULTURE
CULTURE
ROADS
ROADS
SCENERY
SCENERY

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ROAD DESCRIPTION
The whole tour runs on asphalt.

ROUTE
Approx. 200 kms

AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18+
All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

RIDER GROUP SIZE
Min 1 Max 10

TOUR STARTS / ENDS
369 Delphinus Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria

ROAD DESCIPTION
The whole tour runs on asphalt.

ROUTE
Approx. 200 kms

RIDER GROUP SIZE
Min 1 Max 10

TOUR STARTS / ENDS
369 Delphinus Street, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria

AGE REQUIREMENTS: 18+
All those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult

FULL ITINERARY

Timing: 08h00 – 17h00
We meet at On Any Day Adventures home in Pretoria for a fresh brew of coffee and a brief of what to expect on the two-engine, two-feet adventure that awaits. On our bikes, we hit the tar road leading to what some refer to as the real ‘township, Alexandra.
Alexandra may have the characteristics of a slum with little passages diving old flats built during apartheid days, narrow roads with no end, shacks atop of each other. But it is a far cry from the stereotypes that such areas are a hotbed of crime and “no-go areas”. Our retro-route will give you a fresh perspective of real life in Alex.

We ride the imposing landmarks of Alex, West Side apartments, a high rise that was built during the Apartheid era. There is a longstanding gang history in the area, which at the hay day was said to have a gang on each block. The original gangs changed in form and gave way to a community protection forum. It is well known that this forum became so strong that it even got involved in student politics at the time. Back in the day and even now one would hear Sowetans saying – “we are going to “the real township” referring to Alex. Thus, implying that Soweto is not a real township in comparison.

From the west side we ride-hop over to Beirut – so named due to the violent clashes that took place between the ANC and IFP in the 90s. Beirut is home to mainly Zulu speaking residents and the community is very similar to the many rural areas in KZN. There may be challenges with slow development, high population density, but there is a new wave of optimism and drive to make Alex a vibrant and thriving place to live, work, and have fun. This is driven by locals who are all doing their bit to put Alex on its rightful place on the map.

Our next stop takes us to the Madala Hostel. Here we will learn more about the history of how hostels were formed out of the need to house cheap labour. These hostels were no go zones for many years, and this is quite a unique experience. There is so much to explore, from a spontaneous stop at a Shisa Nyama, Shebeen, Restaurant, where you sip-sip your exotic cocktail at 11:00 with your breakfast – get a cool haircut, or “muti” for whatever is aching.

Lastly, we ride-walk the Rastafarian Village. Before we reach this community, we stop at a hilltop known as Beverley hills for a panoramic view of the entire Alexandra Township. The Rastafarian village is well known for the fact that it provided a hide out to Nelson Mandela. We will have to opportunity to meet both the elders and the young Rastafarians (known as ‘Rudeboys’) and learn more about the rich history synonymous with this community.

Venturing out into the countryside, your basket of adventure keeps getting fuller! Take a leisurely ride into Hennops Valley Magaliesberg, where some of the most unspoiled nature trails, soft game, plateaus, craft coffee, gin, beer tasting await. We head for the hills and take a cable car ride up to the top of the Magaliesburg to enjoy spectacular views of Gauteng and North West provinces. There is also the unique opportunity to view Ural Russian motorcycles in the area – a treasure trove.

Facts – The young Mandela’s first home in Johannesburg was at 46, Seventh Avenue in a room in 1941 – he loved and enjoyed Mama Hariet Xhoma’s Pig Head with gravy, who was his landlord’s wife.