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thepurplehouse - bike tour

Johannesburg neighborhoods
by bike


Cycle through the inner city and see all the good happening in Joburg. Enjoy some light exercise, pick up some new facts, see parts of the town you've never seen before, and visit familiar places with a completely new perspective. And while you're at it, meet new people. Let us help you discover new ways of appreciating the world we live in!


R950 per person with own bicycle 

R1350 per person with no bicycle  

Time & duration

Daily departures | 11am-2pm




Local guide


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Looking forward to hosting your group!

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urban farming

Urban Farm 

One of our favourite stops - Fuel your body with a deliciously fresh juice straight from an urban farm located in Maker's Valley. Meet the lady behind this urban farm initiative putting food on the table of many locals in need. 

The people who live and work in Makers Valley are diverse in many ways including socio-economic status, ethnicity, and religion. Most residents are economically challenged, and many without employment. However, visible urban decay and associated social ills are balanced by pockets of vibrant business.


barnato park high

Barnato High School

Learn about the controversial diamond dealer who left his fortune (including a school) to the state instead of his family when he passed away. 

Barnato Park High school is closely linked to the early history of Johannesburg, and colourful randlord, Barney Barnato. This fascinating personality was born in the poor East End Jewish quarter of London. After reading and hearing about the Diamond Rush in Kimberley, he arrived in Cape Town to seek his fortune in South Africa, reputedly with £30 in his pocket. He amassed a fortune in the diamond town, and soon became a senior director of the renowned De Beer's Group.

The Purple House Cafe

Get around the OG Kota. It's undeniably an iconic street food and The Purple House Café doesn't disappoint. Come hungry. There are several other cafés on the same block all competing for the city’s thriving kota market.

We recommend ordering the 'Fat Alice'. 

the purple house cafe
Yeoville Synagogue

Yeoville Synagogue 

Learn about the Jewish history tied to Yeoville. By the 1970s, it had a predominantly Jewish character, with a number of synagogues in the area and Jewish delicatessens and bakeries in the main business street. Harry Schwarz, a well known Jewish lawyer in Yeoville was a long-time political opposition leader against apartheid in South Africa, who eventually served as the South African Ambassador to the United States during the country's transition to majority rule.

Ellis Park

Ride by Ellis Park stadium, home to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Learn about how the surrounding area avoided gentrification. 

The first rugby world cup South Africa won was in 1995 and that was the first time Nelson Mandela lifted the trophy after being banned from international competitions. 

We also take you through the Ellis Park museum.

Ellis park

Victoria Yards

Victoria Yard is redefining the inner-city Joburg landscape. This expansive area offers something for both the local community and visitors.


Visitors get to see the 'makers' in action working on their skills development, artisan studios, visual art and an expansive urban farm. 


victoria yards

Best tour ever

Setting out from Ponte we traversed the streets of Hillbrow, Berea, Bertram’s, Yeoville and Bez Valley. So much to see and absorb , it’s an unforgettable experience. I would go so far as to say my favorite Joburg tour so far. Honest Travel is an organized , friendly and well informed company . They do their best to please all customers and leave them with wonderful memories

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JMarion S wrote a review Aug 2020

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