Imbizo Tours was founded in 1994 by Mandy Mankazana the first black female tour operator and Tour company owner in South Africa and known to be one of the country’s most fascinating women, born in Rockville, deep in the heart of Soweto. During Apartheid, she stood on the front-lines of the protests against the country’s repressive apartheid laws.
When Mandy started her business, she had hopes of showcasing Soweto’s vibrant culture. She developed a reputation for offering enriching and unforgettable tour experiences over the years, which have now expanded to other regions of South Africa.
Having won many local and international awards and being highly recommended by travel guides including Lonely Planet and has received a large number of positive online reviews. Aside from her business, Mandy also ensures she gives back to her community. She has made a huge difference in a lot of people’s lives, by creating employment through the Imbizo Tours.
Imbizo Tours created a platform for many tourism companies in and around Soweto today. Imbizo Tours strives to make a difference in people’s lives through tourism. We have assisted many people in Soweto and the country towards living a meaningful and better life.
Imbizo Tours has donated a Day Care Centre and assisted in establishing a youth Centre in one of the poorest areas of Soweto, we have assisted and continue to support Restaurants, Bed and Breakfasts and many other small businesses. We train young people to become local Guides in the neighbourhoods and poor settlements. Today we have many student graduates coming from the poorest areas of Soweto and Alexandra Township through Tourist donations. Some of the South African expatriates who now live in Australia and Canada contribute a lot in assisting the youth of Soweto and Alexandra by donating towards Educational equipment and paying for the education of the children who come from these impoverished communities.
Imbizo Tours specializes in offering information on different fields through private or group tours. We organize professionals, business people and individuals on networking platforms. Imbizo Tours prides itself in that it also caters to students giving them the experience to view and interact in different fields through University tours, where they are given a platform to learn and exchange information over lunch with other South African Students and researchers.