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mrdh
Zurich, Switzerland

Soweto - safe and friendly

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 Jul 2010
Stayed at a homestay which was booked through Lebos Backpackers. This was actually Lebos Grandmothers home. She has a building in the garden with one double room, one twin and a room with six bunk beds. There is one toilet and shower which is shared. The rooms we used were very clean and comfortable. Lebos Grandmother prepared a breakfast each morning but cooked breakfast was available at the Backpackers. A car was sent to us each morning and took us back each evening - it is about a ten minute ride to the Backpackers.

Lebos Backpackers itself is a friendly place. There is a pool table and garden area in the complex and when we were there there was a bar area outside the complex. I dont know if this was temporary for the World Cup or not.

The main thing is to understand that despite its reputation this part of Soweto appeared to be 100% safe. My family and I walked around the area for five days - sometimes my teenage son and daughter wandered around by themselves. People were friendly and I lost count of the number of times people said "Thank you for coming to Soweto".

Lebo does a super job of providing a safe and tidy place to play for the children in the area. He deserves a lot of credit for this. The kids are friendly and many an hour was spent chatting or playing with them.

Lebos Backpackers is an easy fifteen minute walk to Nelson Mandelas House, Desmond Tutus House, Winnie Mandelas House and Hector Pieterson Museum.

Dont be afraid - it is a great place to visit.
Date of stay: July 2010
Trip type: Travelled with family
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        Reviewed 14 January 2010

        Nice place to stay. Lots of culture and history in the area. the lounge area is great- pool tables, bar, fire pit, etc. However, the beds were awful. Great bike tours to take, and safe.

        Date of stay: December 2009
        • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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        Reviewed 13 November 2009

        The most common response to learning that I was planning on staying in a hostel in Soweto was a warning: Soweto wasn’t safe. While all areas of Soweto might not be safe for a tourist to wander around in, Lebo’s offers the opportunity to experience the rhythm of township life safely. I spent several hours in the park across from the backpackers. Formerly a vacant lot, Lebo cleaned it up and installed play equipment. On weekends and after school, it is full of children. I watched soccer games and children stream to and from school. One afternoon, I helped out in an informal after school art sessions. I was often on my own, my purse and camera in full view.

        The hostel itself offers basic, clean rooms with shared bathroom facilities. My private room had little furnishing but was spacious and I spent little time there other than to sleep. There are plenty of common areas, my favourite being the back garden; I felt in a world apart. During the day I lazed in the hammock and at night sat by the fire drinking a beer.

        Lebo’s offers an honesty bar and three meals. Mimi, the cook, prepares wonderful home cooked township meals. If you’re lucky, she’ll even organize a braai. Internet is also available for a reasonable fee. I preferred watching the local children to TV, but there’s a large television in the common lounge. The staff are friendly and helpful and can arrange Soweto tours or transfers to local sites and museums.

        If you’re comfortable with backpacker style accommodation, you can’t beat Lebo’s in Soweto, and you can’t beat Soweto in Johannesburg.

        Date of stay: October 2009
        • Trip type: Travelled solo
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        Reviewed 29 October 2009

        The vibe at Lebo's is awesome. The hostel is well kept, they have a very chilled outdoor space, ita lamost like a beach bar in Soweto... and they even have their own park where you can play football with the local kids. The staff and owners are super friendly and welcoming. The hostel is located within walking distance of Soweto's main historical attractions and I felt safe walking around. They also offer excellent bike tours of Soweto that are very popular. This is an authentic township experience, you feel almost like you are living in someone's house. The service is always with a smile and is very personal.
        Only problem is that if you are staying inside it can be a little loud in the mornings, but i guess you expect this from a backpackers hostel.

        Date of stay: August 2009
        • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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