A fascinating half day insight into Soweto's difficult past and optimistic future. See how this sprawling township has been at the heart of political change with a visit to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and the original home of Nelson Mandela, now a museum as well as a drive past Archbishop Desmond Tutu's former house.
Soweto (from SOuth WEst TOwnship) came into existence in
1904 after laws were introduced to forcibly remove Black, Indian
and Coloured people from Johannesburg's city centre. Over the years
it has grown into a huge city of over a million people with
upmarket suburbs, quiet neighborhoods, shopping malls, theatres,
sports stadiums, cinemas and entertainment complexes, surrounded by
poverty-stricken informal settlements.
During your tour you will visit some of the highlights of Soweto including Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Baragwanath taxi rank, Freedom Square and the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum. In Vilikazi Street, the only street in the world to home two Noble Peace prize winners, you will visit the former home of Nelson Mandela, now a museum and the home of Bishop Desmond Tutu. Time permitting, a stop will be made at a local craft brewery Ubuntu Kraal, the home of 'Soweto Gold', for a tour and delicius tasting
Pick up from: Johannesburg hotels
Duration: 5 hours