Soweto attractions

Top Choice Memorial in Soweto

June 16 Memorial Acre

Opposite one of the schools from which students marched on 16 June 1976 is this stunning open-air memorial to the bloody events that presaged the Soweto Uprising. The key artwork here is the memorial wall that docum…
Top Choice Museum in Soweto

Hector Pieterson Museum

This powerful museum, named after the 12-year-old boy shot dead during the student protests in Soweto on 16 June 1976, illuminates the role of Sowetan life in the history of the independence struggle. It's a major s…
Area in Soweto

Kliptown

Established in 1891 and found southwest of Orlando West, Kliptown is Soweto's oldest settlement. Informal settlements (shacks) for black families started to appear here in 1903 and it is also where the Freedom Chart…
Church in Soweto

Regina Mundi Church

South Africa's largest Catholic church, with a capacity of 5000, was an important meeting point during the apartheid years. It's a calm and impressive space with some beautiful stained-glass windows (added in 1984; …
Museum in Soweto

Mandela House Museum

Nelson Mandela lived with his first wife, Evelyn, and later with his second wife, Winnie, in this four-room house, just off Vilakazi St. The museum includes interactive exhibits on the history of the house and some …
Square in Soweto

Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication

Located in Kliptown, the oldest settlement in Soweto to accommodate all races, the Walter Sisulu Sq of Dedication is the site where the Freedom Charter was adopted on 26 June 1955. Once a football field, its facilit…
Memorial in Soweto

Hector Pieterson Memorial

North of Vilakazi St is Hector Pieterson Sq; it’s named after the 12-year-old who was shot dead in the run-up to the Soweto uprising in 1976. The poignant memorial features the iconic photo of the limp-bodied boy be…
Cemetery in Soweto

Avalon Cemetery

A place associated with the country's history, in this cemetery you’ll find the graves of Joe Slovo (plot B35311; the former leader of the South African Communist Party) and Hector Pieterson (plot EC462), among many…
Monument in Soweto

Freedom Charter Monument

This brick tower right on Walter Sisulu Sq symbolises freedom and democracy. It's built where the Freedom Charter was adopted by the Congress of the People in 1955 and is made from bricks from destroyed Sophiatown.
Notable Building in Soweto

Home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Close to the Mandela House Museum is the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A plaque marks the location but the house is not open to visitors.