This is the historic heart of the freedom struggle that took place in South Africa. Soweto (or 'SOuth WEst ... More
This is the historic heart of the freedom struggle that took place in South Africa. Soweto (or 'SOuth WEst TOwnships') is replete with schools, squares, cemeteries and other memorials that carry now-famous names. Both ex-President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have homes here. It is recommended that visits to Soweto are undertaken via a reputable firm, for reasons of security. Tour operators offer a variety of packages, most including the Soweto Shebeen (local drinking houses) Route, which allows one a genuine taste of the warm hospitality that fills life in the township. Never dull, this township offers the wonderful experience of seeing how past incidents have impacted on the lives of residents today.
I would not recommend that you go here. It may be insightful but it is also dangerous. Unless it is some guided tour i think it is a silly idea to go by yourself. There are plenty of safer places in Johannesburg that would be worth your time and money. Soweto is not one of them.
I agree with the last review! We too had a guide and while it is very unsettling at times, we were perfectly safe at ALL the places we visited. I took my daughter last year and I will return with my son next month!
To the last review: all you have to do is stay in a group and you will be fine. I felt unsafe too, but if you actually meet the people that live there, you will find that they are the friendliest people on the planet.... and they love getting their picture taken :)
p.s. my church group made balloon animals for the kids and handed them out.... they were all extremely grateful and couldn't thank us enough for such a simple task.
Loved it there. Loved the people. If you want to experience it the best way, go by yourself. Most people are willing to help if you are nice to them. Most people outside of South Africa have different opinions about Soweto, but when you get there and meet the people you will love it. There is alot to learn from the people there. I enjoyed the 6 months i spent there.
It was a very insightful tour. We visited the house that Nelson Mandela's lived in prior to and right after he came from jail. We visited the Regina Mundi church and we at Wandies a great restaurant. The highlight for me was the Hector Pieterson Museum. There was so much history about the Soweto Rising that we didn't have enough time to read it all. The museum gives a detailed description of the event and makes you imagine being there. The information was gut wrenching and heavy but it made you admire the kids that placed their lives on the line to change the history of South Africa.
This hotel has an excellent location and is an ideal place to see the many notable Soweto sites, many of
which are nearby. It is in an unassuming looking building but, as it's relatively new, the facilities are well ...
Khulani Vilakazi started his brainchild Nambitha in 1999. This restaurant is a culmination of his dreams to represent the vibrant
and rich Sowetan culture. Impressive photographs from renowned photographers, such as Peter Magubane grace this eatery and are complimentary ...
Located at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, Museum Africa carries a variety of exhibits, most of which pertain to the rich
history of Africa. Of special interest is the display of historic works of art, which will give you an ...
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