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Review of Atamela Tours

Atamela Tours
Ranked #5 of 13 Tours in Soweto
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Owner description: ATAMELA - "Your gateway to South African culture and its people”!ATAMELA, meaning 'come closer', was established in 1999 to provide authentic guidance to vistors of South Africa. The name aims is to build a bridge between Africans, white South Africans and visitors that come from other countries/continents through cultural tour packages. Our logo-design emphasizes this through the three roads that meet in the middle. The three roads represent our visitors, us Africans and our white South African counterparts that meet through our tours. They are all equal and they meet to share different life experiences and thus learn from each other.Culture means "A way of life". This can further be defined as the usual way of behaving or acting by a certain group of people from a specific area and country.Our core business is selling cultural tour packages that are different from your normal sightseeing or beach holidays.
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Thank you, Thuli, for making our Johannesburg-Soweto trip one of our great memories! We had a mixed group, which included our two teenage children, our daughter's exchange student friend from Germany and 2 business friends. A true mix of cultures. All of us, from me growing up in Johannesburg, to our European guest and a girl that comes from a village in the Freestate, learnt something new and intetesting. We loved the vibe at the art markets in Maboneng and the old history of inner Jo'burg. Having drinks in Soweto at a Shabeen was fun, and the meal at Vilekazi Restaurant was excellent. En experience highly recommended for all.

Thank TheresaTrump
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Reviewed 5 September 2016

We did a three-hour-tour around Johannesburg with Atamela. It was our first experience in South Africa and a great one, it could not have been better at all. Thuli, our guide, is so passionate and really driven by the desire to bring her guests straight to the people and the heart of her country. We got in touch with two families, had a trip around Soweto and an African market. We felt absolutely safe in Atamela's Volkswagen van and, listening to Thuli and her likeable driver while driving, we learnt a lot more about the history of South Africa than we could have read in a dozen travel books.

Thank Dirk F
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

My wife and I contacted Atamela Tours after noticing her high ratings on Tripadvisor. We were not disappointed. Thuli treated us as long lost family members. She accommodated us on short notice for a 6 hour tour. We visied areas of Johannesburg which we later discovered were best visited with a trusted guide. Thuli was very knowledgeable with her history of South Africa and the way Johannesburg and its townships have dealt with the dissolution of Apartheid. So fascinating to hear a locals perspective and experience of Soweto and the country's politics. Visited a local school in Soweto and enjoyed a visit with a group of students and their principal that we will never forget. Thuli arranged a great tour for us and we missed her that much more the next day when we were robbed crossing the Mandela bridge.She had warned us to be vigilant and advised us against independent travel through the redeveloped newly gentrified hip neighborhoods and we later wished we had listened. We highly recommend Thuli and Atamela Tours as we would advise any travellers to use guides or tours when visiting Johannesburg.

Thank mario13
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Reviewed 21 May 2016

We took a day tour with Thuli and felt that we really got to experience Johannesburg & Soweto. Thuli really shares herself and will take you deep into the city and make it come alive. A highlight of our South African adventure.

1  Thank TonyP61
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

Booked Thuli after reading reviews on Trip Advisor and was not disappointed. We spent much longer than we agreed upon, as we were stuck in traffic and Thuli knew we really wanted to learn about Soweto. Our day started Soweto at a local school. I had my nine-year with us and she really wanted to see a school. We were able to meet with some teachers and pop in a few classrooms.. Next, we went in Joburg where she explained the history and how areas of wealth came to be right next to some of the poorest areas in the city. We were able to visit the township of Alexandra and meet a local family and see their home. We also checked out an up and coming funky area of Joburg and Thuli took us to a great dress shop, where we were able to buy fantastic, African dresses, handmade by a young female entrepreneur. She uses African cloth and combines them in a modern style, focusing on all different body types. Finally, we ended up in Soweto, seeing different neighborhoods, the towers and spending a little time at the market. Thuli is very knowledgeable, easy to be with, open to making the tour what you want and a lot of fun. I would highly recommend her tours.

Thank Kathy1290
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Atamela, Owner at Atamela Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2016

Thank you so much Kathy for this wonderful review!! I am really glad you and especially your daughter loved the tour. The most important part of my job as a guide is to make sure that by the time we finish the tour you have a better idea of the life and culture in South Africa and if i can do that and it is fun for you, i cannot be happier.
I highly appreciated all the raving reviews that i get from all my clients and i hope you will comeback for more in South Africa one day!!
Greetings to all of you from Soweto, South Africa - Atamela - come closer and experience the life and culture of South Africa.

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