Alexandra Township Tour

Vibrant Alexandra township tours and walking guided tours.

Alexandra Township – located north of Johannesburg.

Apartheid created “township” across the road from up market Sandton.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours


Name used by the Apartheid government to describe a black area under the group area act.

As Alexandra township.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Best way to experience Alexandra is with Ekala’s passion for Johannesburg as a whole, in addition the township of Alexandra.

Culturally and historically – Let Ekala share Alexandra township with you on our private and fully guided Alexandra tours.

Appreciation of South Africa’s multifaceted heritage.

Items covered by Ekala Tours on our Alexandra day tours and walking tours

Our tours are fully guided and private only (not mixed groups). Accordingly each Alexandra tour can be uniquely designed for an individual experience.

If you have only one day available or part thereof for an Alexandra township and tour, we structure the tour around the key sites.

While around your time available and the time allocated to the Alexandra tour.

Additionally we use our experience in Alexandra/Johannesburg to create suitable day tours.

Subsequently including the most significant items in Alexandra. Furthermore making the best use of available time in the day.

Giving our clients the best possible understanding of the Alexandra Township, both culturally and historically.

Specific requirements:

However if you have specific requirements or places you wish to visit, Ekala will create an Alexandra tour around this. These specific requirements should be supplied to Ekala at the time of quoting.

Ekala Eco Tours offer half day township tours covering Alexandra or Soweto’s significant sites, to a comprehensive Cultural/Historical tour lasting 3 days.

Where time is short – with the main focus on a Johannesburg tour – we can include a drive through Alexandra.

Simply to give a perspective of the full Johannesburg. Including the larger township of Soweto.

Accordingly, the more time that can be applied to the tour the better the history/culture of Alexandra that can be covered within the tour.


On cultural/historical Alexandra day tours, we would generally not go into Museums. Unless specifically required.

Ekala Eco Tours offer day/multi tours that would include Alexandra and Soweto, the townships of Johannesburg.

For the purpose of structuring a tour around your requirements and time available – Ekala needs to be supplied with clear timing, collection and drop off address – hotel name.

Additionally if one of the points is the airport – we need full flight details.

Once we have these it will be possible to quote/advise and structure a day or multi day Alexandra tour package around your requirements/timing.

Thus private, professional and reliable tailor made Alexandra township tours
Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Tailor-Made private Alexandra tour experiences.

Thus township day tours structured around your requirements and timing.

Alexandra Township Tours can include:

Alexandra Roman Catholic Church. Tranquil old St Hubert Church. Between local shops and taverns.

Nobuhle hostel – apartheid era designed buildings for “non white” laborers.

Mixed Hostels – Multi leveled single apartments, built during apartheid era. To house single male and female workers.

However shortcomings of the system created social problems within the community and encouraged prostitution. Destroying family structure.

Nelson Mandela room. One-roomed house, located down a narrow alleyway, flanked by houses. Leads to a room used by Nelson Mandela as a young lawyer during the 1940’s.

Before moving into this house, Nelson Mandela stayed at the Alexandra Anglican Church, one street away.

Alexandra cemetery: Final resting place for many apartheid era political activists. The cemetery offers a view over Alexandra, the Jukskei River and the east bank developments.

Alexandra Stadium (Meshack Kunene Stadium). Multipurpose stadium in Alexandra. Currently used mainly for soccer and is home stadium for Alexandra United soccer club. Upgraded as part of the Alexandra Renewal Project (ARP).

Tsutsumani Village. Housing development opened in 1999 for use as the Athletic village during the All-Africa Games.

Kings Cinema. Art–deco movie house, capturing the style of the 1950’s, forming the entertainment centre of Alexandra.

Alexandra Cultural Center – museum, hall of fame and indoor theater.

River Park – New developments as part of the ongoing Alexandra Renewal Project.

Alexandra Arts factory – An arts training and performance venue.

East Bank – Alexandra first elite housing project.

Zion Christian Church – ZCC – Church with the biggest membership in the Southern Hemisphere – approximately 5 million members.

Further important heritage sites include the Twelve Apostles Church of Africa, the Alexandra Beer Hall, Freedom Square and the headquarters of the notorious Msomi Gang.

Items included within the Alexandra township tour does depend if on a walking tour or a drive through and the overall time allocated to the day tour.

Alexandra tour coverage depends on time allocated and other inclusions on the day.

Also if driving or being supplied as a walking tour.

Alexandra Township walking tours

Alexandra walking tour through the streets of Alexandra. Visit historical sites. Meet the people of Alexandra (without being invasive).

Exciting, Eco-friendly township tour around the streets of Alexandra.

Walk to some of the most interesting historical sites around Alexandra. Thus an up close and personal experience of the Alexandra community and get to know what makes this township unique.

However, as these walking tours are private day tours, these items above can be tailor made to your personal requirements.

Alexandra Township walking tours are not always available. Depends on the size of your group, time available and various other items.

Accordingly these must be specifically requested and confirmed in your booking.

Where time is short: With the main focus on a Johannesburg tour – we can include a drive through Alexandra. Simply to give a perspective of the full Johannesburg. Including the larger township of Soweto and denser Alexandra.

What Ekala has found to the most successful in Alexandra is to use an Alexandra taxi to move you around from area to area within Alexandra. Then to cover that part of Alexandra on foot. This then is supplied with an Alex Taxi plus a local Alex resident. Then also Ekala’s guide.

Thus if you have walking problems – easy – we increase the time in the taxi and reduce the walking time.

Tailor made Alexandra township tours that cater for solo travellers, couples, families and couple tours.

Alexandra tour as an additional drive through:

Where time is short – with the main focus on Johannesburg – we may additionally be able to include a drive through Alexandra township (Johannesburg’s second township). Thus giving a greater perspective of the full Johannesburg.

We can include a drive through Alexandra in most Johannesburg tours. But does depend on collection and drop off point and the actual time available in the day. Additional and dependent to other items to be included within the tour.

Best ability to contact Ekala for guided Alexandra tours:

Will actually respond within 24 hours. In most cases less. However does depend on time differences.

Cell phone does create some problems. Due to time difference or that we may all be on tour and thus unable to answer your call at that time. Thus email works perfectly.

Additionally difficult to deal with private tour specifics on a cell phone.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Ekala’s guides are well spoken and additionally providing interesting detail and clarity while on the Alexandra township tour.

Then active engagement between guide and guest is encouraged.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Heritage sites and historical buildings hold the memories and unique stories of days gone by.

Experience the township vibe in Alexandra

Alexandra was proclaimed a township in 1912 and soon became known as the “dark city”. Due to the complete absence of electricity.

The Alexandra health committee was set up in 1916 with the aim of improving conditions in Alexandra.

However this and all subsequent attempts to improve living conditions in the area have in general failed.

Originally a half square kilometer in size. Today Alexandra is 7.6 square kilometers. Including the areas of the East Bank, West Bank and Tsotsomane. With an estimated population of over 600 000 residents.

Alexandra – vibrant township. In stark contrast to its upmarket neighbor of Sandton.

Johannesburg’s financial centre, only 10 minutes away.

Thus with Ekala – Far more than simply a set time Alexandra tour.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

While visiting actual Alexandra historical sites steeped in significant heritage.

Alexandra Township History:

The farm originally owned by Mr. Papenfus. Named after his wife – Alexandra. Area originally proclaimed as a white area in 1905.

However in 1912 stands of approximately 1000m2 were made available to Black and “Coloured” South Africans.

Alexandra was therefore of only a few urban sites in South Africa that black South Africans could acquire property rights. 1916 saw development of the Alexandra Health Committee. However was completely ineffective due to lack of funds.

Dark City

Alexandra became known as the “Dark City” with no electricity or street lighting. Government’s lack of interest to develop the township saw the conditions deteriorate within Alexandra, and disease a constant threat.

Furthermore aggravated by the fact that Alexandra fell outside the Johannesburg City boundaries at that time.

Forced removals

During the Second World War, the government considered demolishing Alexandra. However this did not come about. In 1958 Alexandra was placed under the then Apartheid West Rand Administration Board (WRAB).

Choosing rather to develop a dormitory style hostel suburb. Accordingly resulting in mass forced removals away from Alexandra to facilitate this development.

Most of these forced removals saw residents of Alexandra being moved to Soweto, mainly Diepkloof and Diep Meadow. This subsequently reduced the population of Alexandra from 75 000 residents to 40 000 by 1973.

Furthermore a 3 month Bus Boycott of the Mid-1950’s showed the spirit of the Alexandra people. Township people choosing rather to walk than pay the increased bus fares.

During the late 1950’s and early 60’s the people of Alexandra were intimidated by the Msomi Gang, a mafia style gang that ruled Alexandra.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Besides all of this, the people of Alexandra Township have managed to endure and flourish.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Private, professional and reliable tailor made Alexandra tours.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Ekala’s Alexandra tours can thus be adapted to the client’s individual needs.

Therefore  accommodating specific and personal requirements.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Eco Tours

Private collection and drop off – then supplied as a fully guided professional Alexandra tour. Covering en-route as may be additionally possible from collection to drop off. As a result, not simply a point to point transfer with a driver.

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Ekala family & tour guides

We pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of South Africa’s history and culture.

Thus we focus where our experience and expertise lies – in South Africa only.

Highly Experienced Guides

Hence with our vast experience and expertise, we will bring the historical and cultural tours to life.

Additionally sharing our love and knowledge of South Africa’s diverse cultures.

Thus ensuring you leave full of the best memories.


Ekala will therefore personalise your Alexandra township tour package according to individual requirements/interests as well as available time .

Thus a personal touch

Furthermore Ekala personally conducts and organises all our Alexandra tours.

Accordingly as highly experience and professional guides.

Thus the best South African Experience

Consequently you get an enhanced understanding of South Africa’s wildlife, history and diverse cultures.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala Walking Tour

Cultural tours/township day tours as Soweto/Alexandra:

Our cultural township tours are non-invasive.

As result we do NOT go into private houses.

Above all not to invade the Alexandra township resident’s privacy in any way.

Alexandra Township, Johannesburg – Ekala walking tour


No tour prices on our website because of the unique, individual and specialised requirements for each Alexandra tour we supply.

Thus Ekala structures Alexandra day tours around our client’s individual requirements.

Consequently if time is limited:

And so we structure the Alexandra tour from arrival to departure – including airport collection and drop off.

Accordingly using all time available as a fully guided professional tour.

Consequently not simply a point to point mixed group drive around.

As a result, Alexandra tour quote based on your specific requirements.

Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s cultural diversity.

Consequently an Alexandra Historical/Cultural day tour to remember for the right reason

Follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela

Robben Island – then you can visit the Nelson Mandela prison cell.

However, while in Johannesburg/Pretoria you can cover Nelson Mandela's significant years.

Truly following Nelson Mandela's long walk to freedom.

Nelson Mandela came to Johannesburg as a young man.

Additionally became an activist in Johannesburg

Thus focus of his defiance campaign – Johannesburg.

Then became a lawyer in Johannesburg.

Consequently ran his law firm (and that of Oliver Tambo) in Johannesburg.

Then all time spent in prison before and in addition up to the point of sentencing for Rivonia trial – in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Then after Release

Returned to Johannesburg.

Then inaugurated as President in Pretoria.

Consequently, while President – office in Pretoria.

While President – accordingly main residence in Pretoria.

Furthermore, after retiring (as president) still had an office – in Johannesburg.

Actually still today – his office – now the Nelson Mandela center of memory - in Johannesburg.

Accordingly spent the last 23 years of his life in Johannesburg (apart from a limited amount of time in Qunu).

Then in hospital while ill – Pretoria.

Even more, passing away in Johannesburg.

Consequently, if you wish to WALK in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, and to truly experience his life, it needs to be in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Apartheid/Mandela tour - Accordingly a truly remarkable insight into the life of Nelson Mandela and the struggle against Apartheid.

South Africa is indeed a country known for great hospitality, colourful people and fantastic food.

Let Ekala Eco Tours provide the gateway to your discovery of South Africa.

And so come with us and experience the rhythm of the vibrant Alexandra township.

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