Mamelodi, or Mams as the locals call it, has ample to offer and you can do tours to experience it all.
Mamelodi boasts a couple of clusters to be explored. Moretele Park is the biggest green space in Mamelodi and is surrounded by great food, great music and stories of a bygone era. The Village Pub is famous for its shisa nyama and heritage sites like Moretele Park and the Solomon Mahlangu Home Museum take you back in time. Mams is also buzzing when it comes to nightlife and there are a couple of drink and entertainment hotspots to look out for when in the area. These include Jack Budha, Thibo Café, Blackwhole Lounge and Exclusive Lounge. Heritage sites like the Nico Smith House and Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square are attractions worth visiting too. Nico Smith was a South African minister who abandoned his lifestyle as minister of the apartheid-supporting Dutch Reformed Church to live with the impoverished and segregated blacks of Mamelodi from where he worked to support the black community and oppose Apartheid.
Did you know that you can take a cycle tour through the streets of Mamelodi? Many people would consider this risky, but as long as you travel in groups and stay with your guide there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a tour through one of South Africa’s most historical townships and one of Gauteng’s oldest neighbourhoods.
Ubuhle Be Narha Tours offers a bicycle tour through the streets of Mamelodi with the opportunity to experience all the township has to offer with a knowledgeable and registered guide at your side. He will tell you all there is to know about Mamelodi’s history and the sacrifices made by locals like Solomon Mahlangu, Dr Fabian Ribeiro and Nico Smith during the struggle for a liberated South Africa. The tour costs R750 per person and requires at least two persons per booking.
Another exciting heritage tour to put on your bucket list is The Mamelodi Heritage Experience tour. It is an entrepreneurial initiative and an eco-tourist experience that shares the rich history of Mamelodi with locals and foreigners alike. On this tour, you’ll get to understand the ins and outs of Mamelodi with stops at various local heritage sites. The aim of this tour is to make Mamelodi one of South Africa’s must-see attractions. You will be able to enjoy some local cuisine, visiting a variety of food stops including homes, taverns and local eateries. Stanza Bopape Community Centre, Solomon Mahlangu Square, FF Ribeiro, Mamelodi Rondavels, Eerste Fabriek, the museum, the mountain and the village are all also on the itinerary. The Mamelodi Heritage Experience also offers chauffeured tours of the township, extreme cycling activities, team-building exercises, tours of Tshwane nightspots and educational heritage programmes for schools. They even started their own cycling club called Urban Riders.
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So, pump those wheels and get ready to explore the neighbourhood of Mamelodi. We promise you’ll be awestruck.