The townships are the heart of the nation and none beats louder than Soweto. Standing for ‘South West Townships’, this area has evolved from one of forced habitation to an address of pride and social prestige as well as a destination in its own right. Come here to experience welcoming township life and to visit places of tremendous historical significance, such as the former home of Nelson Mandela and the Hector Pieterson Museum.
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.