Our guides are local and will entertain and show you the real Soweto! Experience the photogenic bustling Soweto with a local! This is the best value for money half day tour in South Africa right now!
We will pick you up and drop you off at the end of the tour ANYWHERE in Johannesburg!
Departure/Return Location: Any hotel/address in Johannesburg
Departure Time: Morning departures starting at 9:00 am and afternoon departures starting at 13:30
Return time: Morning- 13:30pm Afternoon- 17:30pm
Due to multiple pickups and drop-offs, scheduled pickup times might be up to 30 minutes late.
On this half-day tour in Soweto, your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will show you the good, the bad and the ugly of Soweto. The Soweto tour will take you deep into the township culture. You will experience the real, vibrant and lively Soweto. Walk the muddy paths of an informal settlement and meet the smiling residents who are happy to be photographed. Drive the neighbourhood of Orlando's upmarket homes. Stroll down Vilakazi Street with wonderful murals, quaint street sales and dancing Zulu's. A visit to Nelson Mandela's house reminds us of the greatness that the human race can aspire to.
Very moving and evocative!! Hector Pieterson Museum will break your heart and remind you that as humans we still have a long way to go to get right. Admire the great street artwork and the vibrant murals. Nip across the road to a welcoming bakery and buy a nice cold drink and a lovely homemade chocolate brownie. Be amazed as a high-end luxury car cruises past a struggling man pushing a huge, heavy trolley piled high with discarded plastic that he will exchange for cash. Soweto is a city of 1.8 million people with all the colour and contrast of urban living.
This is our most popular tour and departs twice a day with next day availability booking! Click here to find out more
This is our most popular tour and departs twice a day with next day availability booking!
A percentage of the fee is donated to informal settlements, feel free to bring food and old clothes for donation.
Shauna (Gardens Johannesburg) 25.02.2019
What a pleasure to be collected at your home and driven by a friendly and happy guide! Adolf and later Fresh, our two guides, were informative, attentive and great at finding our one tourist who kept wandering off. My grand-daughter was a little anxious about going on this trip with me but soon relaxed and got into the swing of the culturally diverse aspects of sizzling Soweto. The Hector Pieterson Museum is heartbreaking. Nelson Mandela's home reminds us of the greatest humans can aspire to. The street scenes are vibrant and full of contrast. Men and women struggling with plastic recycling carts and a top range Mercedes-Benz sports car cruising past. A good experience for South Africans and foreigners alike. This is a trip worth taking.
James (Johannesburg - South Africa) 10-12-2018
An awesome friendly tour guide who kept us laughing throughout the whole tour loved the shopping at the informal market. Can't wait to do it again!
Barry (Sandton - South Africa) 09-01-2019
Was great value for money tour, especially when they came out to my hotel in Sandton to pick me up and then drop me off! Next time I will be doing the full day with the same guide.... Even when the weather was bad
Einar (Reykjavic - Iceland) 15-02-2019
Had only heard about Soweto on TV during apartheid days, was amazing seeing it first hand and meeting all the friendly people! The guide was really nice and picked us up at our hotel and then dropped us off at the airport which was a huge bonus!
After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre-departure tour briefing before setting off for Soweto (South Western Township)
On the way to Soweto we pass by the FNB National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. It is intended to be evocative of a calabash which is a large woody gourd, fruit of a calabash tree, and used to carry water or food by indigenous tribes. We enter the Diepkloof area, where we will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. Stroll down sandy paths in an informal settlement - chat to friendly inhabitants who will welcome you into their homes. Fanciful fences in this area include old bed springs and wired together meal bags. Visit a pre-school with compacted mud floor and singing children but no chairs to sit on. In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street the only street in the world to have the homes of two Nobel Prize winners. The former home of Nelson Mandela which is now a museum, and the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
There is an entrance fee at the Nelson Mandela museum which is worth paying, This great man reminds us of all that is best about the human condition and what we could aspire to. Walk down this busy street, past street markets and creative wall murals. Get an insight into the tragic past of South Africa and the cost of the struggle for freedom, at the Hector Pieterson Museum. Entrance fee is included in the tour price. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day, a 12-year-old boy called Hector Pieterson was shot in a peaceful protest against teaching in the Afrikaanse medium. This kick-started the liberation of South Africa. You end your tour at the iconic Soweto Towers. Your journey back to your hotel or residence will give you time to ponder the experience as your guide cheerfully navigates Johannesburg traffic.
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