Soweto is the largest Black residential area in South Africa and has a population of more than 3.5 Million people with the land in extent of 120KM squared.
Soweto consists of a community of extremes
On the one hand there is abject poverty and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the upper class suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. Some of the houses in that area sell for over one and two million rands.
After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg or Pretoria, your guide will give you a quick pre-departure tour briefing before departing to Soweto (South Western Township).
On our way to Soweto, we pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. We enter the Diepkloof area, where we will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything.
In Orlando West, we 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 Soweto tour, we will pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Africa’s residence. A visit into the museum is optional at an extra cost per person that is payable on arrival. We continue our Soweto 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. We drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end our tour with a view of the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide gives you a quick pre-departure briefing before driving to Soweto.
On our way to Soweto, we pass by Soccer City and then enter an informal settlement in the Diepkloof area. Take a walk about and learn more about the life of people living in the community.
In Orlando West, we drive past the former homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners; Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A visit of Mandela House is optional. Your guide takes you to the historic monuments and museums in Soweto and you learn more about the major events that shaped South Africa’s history.
We visit the vibrant Vilakazi Street and enjoy lunch and drinks at a popular street tavern. On the way out of Soweto, we stop in for a quick visit to the famous Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
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