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Johannesburg: Soweto Apartheid & Township Tour with Lunch

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42 reviews

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours

Johannesburg: Soweto Apartheid & Township Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours

From US$ 96.52 per person

Visit Soweto, a city within a city. Experience this photogenic, bustling township on a full-day tour. Your local guide, who was born and raised in the area, will take you past all of the hotspots in Soweto. A traditional township lunch is included.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel in Johannesburg.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants


5 hours
  • Johannesburg

  • 1 hour
  • Soweto (walk, guided tour)

  • Hector Pieterson Memorial

  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

  • Restaurant Vilakazi (lunch)

  • Apartheid Museum

  • 1 hour
  • Johannesburg

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Visit a shanty town to interact with local people and meet vibrant young community leaders
  • Drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Learn about the history of South Africa at the world famous Apartheid Museum
  • Stop for a traditional lunch
  • See all the most important sights of Soweto
Full description
After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick tour briefing before you depart for Soweto (South Western Township). Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly facets of this area. On the way to Soweto you will pass the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup.  Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you will visit Vilakazi Street to drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on June 16th 1976, which kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During the tour, you will pass Mandela House. A visit to the museum is optional. The tour continues with a drive to one of the shanty towns, where you will have the chance to interact with some of the locals. Then drive past the Soweto Campus of Johannesburg University and see the view of the largest hospital in the world, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After lunch in Soweto you will visit the world famous Apartheid Museum. Here you will learn about the history of apartheid and the South African liberation struggle.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sightseeing in Soweto
  • Entrance fee to the Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Entrance fee to the Apartheid Museum
  • Visit to an informal settlement
  • Traditional lunch
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Mandela House Museum (optional)
  • Additional food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
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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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • For every individual booking made for this tour, an R50 donation is made to the Motsoaledi Day Care Centre which is used for building upgrade projects and buying what’s on their wish list
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 42 reviews

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Driver turned up 20 minutes late with 11 people to pick up and I was first was told it would be added on at the end but it wasn’t Promised 2 hours in apartheid museum this was mentioned several time we ended up with 90 minutes so was rushed couldn’t see all of it properly very disappointed Guide demonstrated his disappointment that people including me wanted to go into Nelson Mandela’s home which is an option you offer in your literature so he should have allowed time for it if it’s an option. Lunch was excellent

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January 30, 2020

My partner and I did the full day Soweto tour and thoroughly enjoyed it! The guides were very pleasant and spoke good clear English. Our guide Bobo was funny, polite, helpful and took great pleasure in answering everyone's questions. Our pick up and drop off driver was also extremely polite and great to chat with both before and after the tour, cheers Mbali! Both also made us feel very safe in the vehicle on the somewhat chaotic roads. The tour itself was eye opening to say the least. We got a very first hand experience in the environment and it was quite a sobering experience. One that wont be forgotten. Both museum visits were also an added bonus as we wanted to see them. We would highly reccomend this tour to anyone wanting to truly experience all soweto life has to offer.

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October 12, 2019

The tour to the Soweto township-especially the informal township was informative and essential to understanding the whole of South Africa. The organization of the day with so many pick ups and not knowing when the day would conclude made it difficult. We were forced to pay for an Uber ride instead of having transport like the other people in our group had. The young man who led our informal tour in Soweto did a fantastic job, and the kids of the township brought smiles and tears to each of us. In spite of having little in monetary ways, they were rich in joy!

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August 3, 2019

Product ID: 181955