JAZZY SOPHIATOWN

JAZZY
SOPHIATOWN

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

FROM

R2 137

PER PERSON SHARING

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

JAZZY
SOPHIATOWN

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

FROM

R2 137

PER PERSON SHARING

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

UMCULO UHLALA SOPHIATOWN

Bohemian lifestyle & multi-cultural society is the golden thread that binds all in Sophiatown. Singers, writers & musicians alike all called this home. Visit the Odin’s, Dr Xuma and Jerry Masoleng through the rendition and stories shared by your guide.

CULTURE
CULTURE
ROADS
ROADS
SCENERY
SCENERY

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ROAD DESCRIPTION
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
Anyone under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult

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+
Anyone under the age of 17 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 journey that awaits. On our bikes, we ride on tarred road to “Jazztown” or Sophiatown. A place known for its bohemian lifestyle and multi-cultural society.

Sophiatown was once home to some of our loved creatives in South Africa – the world-renowned Drum writers Can Themba, Bloke Modisane; legendary singers Dolly Rathebe, Thandi Klassen, Abigail Kubeka not forgetting the world-famous musician Hugh Masikela. Between 1955 and 1959 the apartheid government set out to destroy the community and culture of the area. Our route will trace the forced removals in Sophiatown and the destruction of this once beautiful community.

We pause at Sophiatown Park where we learn of the life of a hero Jerry Masoleng who sadly passed away in 2007. He is linked to Sophiatown via his parents forced removal in the 1950s and subsequently resettled in Meadowlands. He was a force to be reckoned with in the local community, teaching children art, literacy and history.

Next, we ride our way to Christ the King Angelican Church where the ashes of Father Trevor Huddleston were scattered. Father Huddlestone was well known for his relentless fight against apartheid and had a very close friendship with both Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela. In the Church we will also see artefacts which were part of Sophiatown before its destruction.
Odin Cinema is our next stop. The cinema used to be owned by the Egnoses, who apart from screening movies, also made the cinema available for political rallies and meetings.

We get to meet some of the victims of forced removals and make meaningful connections. We recount the renaming of Sophiatown to Triomf which then became an exclusively white neighbourhood. Sophiatown was only readopted as a name in 2006.

The final stop is at the house of Dr Alfred Xuma, the first South African black medical doctor who collected several international accolated and advocated for the education development of black professionals in South. He was also the president-general of the African National congress until 1949, a position he took after much persuasion. We will go through the interactive story telling installation with paperclips, photography, and memorabilia.
Our retro-ride then descends towards downtown Johannesburg for a cold drink and lunch where we can recount our experiences of the day.

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.

Fact – an investor bought and named Sophiatown after his wife Sophia.