Welcome to Soweto


For many years now it has been safe to visit the main sights independently. A stroll down buzzing Vilakazi St offers an insight into modern African sensibilities, while the addition of the Orlando Towers bungee jump, or taking in a show at the marvellous Soweto Theatre, provides quality, fun experiences in what can be a place of great political abstraction.


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$71.26 Tours & Sightseeing

Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton or Rosebank district, drive 12 miles (20 km) southwest of the city center to Soweto. The name of this urban settlement is derived from the acronym 'South Western Townships,' a cluster of townships created by the South African government in the 1930s during the apartheid movement. Get an overview of Soweto's complex apartheid history as you drive around and see some of its most famous sights. Sprawling across a vast area bordering Johannesburg's mining belt, Soweto served as a workforce for the South African capital, until civil unrest broke out against the apartheid regime. Gain insight into these pivotal moments at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, honoring the victims who died during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. See the former houses of two Nobel Prize winners — the Mandela House and Tutu House — and learn about the leadership that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu took against the racial segregation of South Africa. You'll also see the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the world, occupying 173 acres (70 hectares) and containing nearly 3,200 beds. At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

$79.90 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Soweto City Tour with Apartheid Museum

Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation by your guide then begin the journey to Soweto. On the way, you will pass by the famous National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Soccer World Cup 2010. From there, enter the Diepkloof area, where the vendors are located, selling just about anything you can imagine. In Orlando West, you will visit Vilakazi Street and drive past the Mandela House where a visit into the museum is optional as well as past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.Next, read about the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1970 in South Africa. For you to truly experience the full history and heritage of this famous township, the guide will take you into the depths of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals and see how they live. Drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University before lunch and make a stop at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After your buffet lunch, visit the world famous Apartheid museum where you will learn about the history of South Africa and the struggle of its people during the apartheid era for approximately 2-hours before returning you back to hotel

$79.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, you guide will give you a quick tour briefing before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto you will pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything.In Orlando West you will visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this tour you will pass by the Mandela House. A visit into the museum is optional. Continue your tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. Drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end your tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. Apartheid museum After Lunch on your own account on arrival at the world famous apartheid museum. Here you will learn about the history and struggle of South Africa during apartheidContinue on to Johannesburg and start your introduction to Jozi with a view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. Enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session) Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a  tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg. On your way to Newtown you will pass by the longest southern African bridge, named Nelson Mandela bridge. At Mary Fitzgerald Square you can walk on the Jazz Walk of Fame. End this tour with a visit to the Carlton Centre, also known as the ‘Top of Africa’. There a lift will elevate you 50 stories for an amazing and total view over the city. In short, this tour offers you a unique Johannesburg experience at it's best!

$79.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour

Embark on a guided day tour where you will have full experience of historical and city sightseeing! The tour will start from your hotel in Johannesburg with pick-up around 9am and then you will continue on to see the Constitutional Hill before heading on to the Nelson Mandela Bridge, the Top of Africa ( tallest building in Africa), Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela House in Soweto, Vilakazi street, Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial place and Soweto tower! All of this in a very informative guided day tour from Johannesburg! Make the best of your stay while in South Africa.Please note: lunch is not included in the price.

$83.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Johannesburg Tour: Cycle Soweto with a Local Guide

Start at Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers and head to your first stop: a look-out point that takes in Orlando West and East. View the surroundings of the township, including the home grounds of the famous soccer team, the Orlando Pirates. From there, the next stop is Mzimhlophe Men’s Hostel – a former migrant workers’ hostel. You’ll learn how men from around the country moved to Johannesburg and its townships to work in the gold mines, and the conditions they lived in — as well as how this area has now transformed to become a Soweto community today. In this area, many locals still practice traditional African customs, and you’ll learn all about their beliefs and traditions.Your Soweto tour then continues via Meadowlands to the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, commemorating the uprisings on 16 June 1976, when hundreds of children and youths lost their lives while protesting the Apartheid education system. From there, you’ll continue on to Vilakazi Street, where you’ll stop at Nelson Mandela’s former home, and the home of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, to learn more about these icons’ contributions to a free and democratic South Africa. This will be the last stop of the tour, and from there, you’ll cycle back to Lebo’s, where you can take in more of Soweto, the community, and its people. Please note: the cycling portion of this tour will be about two hours. The full duration time of the tour is to cover pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as pre-cycle preparation time.

$50.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Soweto Township Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

In Soweto, South West from Johannesburg, you will catch a glimpse of the lives of its estimated 3 million residents. This popular tour includes a visit to attractions such as: Mandela House Museum, Hector Pietersen Museum and Memorial Site, Vilakazi Street - one of South Africa's most famous streets – the only one in the world to have housed two Nobel Prize winners, Regina Mundi Church (subject to permission) and a local restaurant for refreshments (one local beer or cold drink included)The tour is concluded with a drive past: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and taxi rank, an informal settlement, the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg and Soccer City – home to the opening and closing functions of the Soccer World Cup 2010!