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Address: 2360 Koma Road | Rockville, Soweto 1860, South Africa
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+27 78 798 8627

ATAMELA - "Your gateway to South African culture and its...

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.

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A great experience which everyone should make

My boyfriend and I spent one day with Thuli which was the perfect start to get to know Johannesburg and its people. We combined the Contrast Tour with the Johannesburg and Soweto... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2016
Friederike A
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

My boyfriend and I spent one day with Thuli which was the perfect start to get to know Johannesburg and its people. We combined the Contrast Tour with the Johannesburg and Soweto Tour. The visits of the different parts of the city (e.g. Sandton, Melville, Alexandra, the Apartheid Museum, Soweto etc.) help us now to better understand Johannesburg and its... More 

Thank Friederike A
Centurion, South Africa
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Reviewed 14 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... More 

Thank TheresaTrump
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4 reviews
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... More 

Thank Dirk F
los angeles
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Reviewed 24 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... More 

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.

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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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... More 

Thank Kathy1290
Atamela, Owner at Atamela Tours, responded to this review

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... More 

Frankfurt a.M.
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Reviewed 15 November 2015

After contacting Thuli on short notice, she still managed to plan a tour for us, which fit our schedule perfectly. After she picked us up at our hotel, we got the first impression of Johannesburg from a nice vantage point and Thuli provided us with interesting historic background information, to get us started off. After that, she walked us through... More 

Thank DasStreifenhorn
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

We spent the winter (IE- the summer) in South Africa, and this tour with Thuli was one of the highlights. We had two small kids with us which didn't make things easy but Thuli and her driver were terrific, the tour was genuinely interesting and gave us a sense of being in the actual place (Soweto) and not just passing... More 

Thank Weeebay
Atamela, Owner at Atamela Tours, responded to this review

Hi I am humbled by most of the reviews i get thank you so much!! Yours is even more exceptional, however i am struggling to remember your visit. Apologies i have so many tours that i do. Please post pic's of that day if you can. Much appreciated More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 22 July 2015

We only had half a day before catching our flight but really wanted to see Soweto and Thuli was the perfect guide. She kept all of us (including a 16 and 18 year old) really interested with all the history, stories and culture and kept us completely on schedule. We felt completely safe in her hands and knew we were... More 

Thank Ben H
Loughton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

This privately managed tour company based in Johannesburg provides the opportunity to work with the owner to tailor make a tour to fit ones own interest and timeframe. The enthusiastic owner and CEO, Thuli Khumalo, is extremely professional and really "knows her stuff". Her mission really is to bring the tourist closer to her love, being South Africa. We were... More 

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