Guided tour

Johannesburg and Soweto: Half Day Tour

Johannesburg and Soweto: Half Day Tour

From US$ 62.55 per person

Discover the city center of Johannesburg, whose geometrical design and high skyscrapers bring Manhattan island to mind. Continue towards Soweto, Johannesburg's south western township, a symbol of the fight for freedom.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick-up from Johannesburg hotels and surrounding areas.

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the history of Soweto
  • Visit Mandela's House
  • Visit Hector Pieterson
  • Experience a fascinating glimpse of bustling neighborhood life
Full description

Depart from your hotel, heading to the southwest township of Johannesburg. Take a route through Johannesburg's southern suburbs and see the sleek cars and spacious freeways.

Next, discover Johannesburg city with its tall buildings, most of them built during the apartheid era, while you make your way to Soweto. Watch the beautiful scenery disappear as you enter Soweto.

Pass by 2 iconic landmarks that used to generate power in the township of Soweto and are now normally used for bungee jumping. Drive through Soweto heading to the famous Hector Pieterson Museum with its dark history about the youth uprising in 1976.

From here, drive through the township for sightseeing, and finally, head to Mandela House Museum on Vilakazi Street. In the museum, you will learn about the father of the nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who became a world icon.

Finally, hop back into the tour vehicle returning to your hotel. On route, you will pass by FNB stadium also known as Soccer City or The Calabash, which hosted the opening and closing matches of the 2010 World Cup finals.

Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to Mandela House and Hector Peterson
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Please do not carry any luggage
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 131 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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The tour was very informative and we saw a lot in the area. In the tour description it says that a pick up from the hotel is included, but when I inserted our hotel it stated that it is not in the pick up area. We could only choose a pick up near Carlton center which according to our hotel was not safe at all. The staff at the hotel organised a pick up from the hotel, but this is definetly something which should be changed since we were not aware that it is not a safe area.

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September 12, 2022

Vincent was a wonderful tour guide. He was prompt and courteous, and never made us feel rushed. He has a remarkable memory for history and kept us interested. The Mandela Home was good to see and learn more about Nelson Mandela. The Hector Pieterson Museum absolutely touched my soul. I’d recommend this tour to anyone visiting Johannesburg.

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May 17, 2022

Christian was amazing! First when we telephoned the African Eagle company they immediately set up a hotel pick-up near Melrose even though the website showed it outside their pickup area. Then Christian showed up in a beautiful clean car and offered to drop us at the airport after the tour rather than having to return to the hotel to collect suitcases and call an Uber. He used car watchers when we got out a couple of times so our luggage was safe in the car. And wow-this guy is just fabulous! He is very professional and a fount of information, but also as a local guy can really explain things and adjust stops if there is any chance of security issues. Seeing both the city with its gold mining memorials and changing uses and Soweto with many surprisingly fancy homes as well as shanty areas was also really informative, as well as the Mandela and Pieterson museums and their history. We had a great time in just a half day. Highest recommendation!

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April 22, 2022

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