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Mandela's House: Our most recommended tours and activities

Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

1. Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore the urban complex of Soweto on a bicycle. Get to experience the township like a local. Get a glimpse of Hector Pietersen Museum, Mandela House and Tutu House. Start your cycling tour in Killarney, an up-and-coming tourist destination in Soweto. Learn how this township was created in 1904 and share the history of these neighborhoods. Ride to Mzimhlophe and visit Mzimhlophe Women's hostel. Continue to Mama Lilian Ngoyi's house, an anti-apartheid activist. Cycle to Hector Pietersen Museum where the Soweto uprising transpired which was one of the turning points of apartheid. This tour will get you closer to all the highlights of Soweto. See the Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. Imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner. Then, pass by Tutu House on Vilakazi Street, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his family once resided. Talk about the Nobel Laureate's contribution to apartheid's downfall in South Africa. Give your feet a break by stopping for lunch. Taste South African sandwiches called kota before cycling back to the starting point.

Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

2. Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an impact in each and everyone of them and how Soweto has changed today. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch of Kota (Local burger) or Braii (Barbecue).

Soweto: Full Day Tour

3. Soweto: Full Day Tour

Starting in Kliptown, one of Soweto´s oldest districts, see the Soccer City Stadium also known as The Calabash. This stadium is located in Nasrec, bordering the Soweto area of Johannesburg, and was one of the many venues constructed for the World Cup in 2010. It has a capacity of just under 95,000 people, and was the location for the final of the tournament. Today, it hosts many concerts by major international artists, as well as many other sporting events. Next, visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, situated in Orlando West. This site commemorates the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid and in particular the role played by the school children who took part in the Soweto Uprising of 1976.  Explore Vilakazi Street, in the heart of Soweto. The street is is where Nelson Mandela spent the first couple of nights of freedom upon his release after 27 years of imprisonment. You will walk by this residence and pass by the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. As such, Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world that can boast having had two Nobel Laureates as residents. After this, enjoy a traditional kota lunch, followed by a visit to the Apartheid Museum (if full day option selected), illustrating the history of South Africa´s struggle for change and freedom in the 20th century.

Johannesburg: Mandela Legacy Day Tour

4. Johannesburg: Mandela Legacy Day Tour

Meet your local guide and drive towards your first stop at the quaint Liliesleaf Farm in northern Johannesburg. Discover the history of the place used as a safe house for the African National Congress in the 1960s. Then head to Nelson Mandela Foundation, the last offices that Nelson Mandela occupied before his passing. Find original pieces of history pertaining to the President such as his briefcase, noble price medal, and Xhosa mountain attire. Next, visit the Constitutional Hill, where Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Winnie Madikizela, Joe Slovo and so many others were imprisoned. From here, make your way to the Chancellor House in Johannesburg, that was once home to Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo’s first black law firm in South Africa. Get to see the three-story building in the Ferreirasdorp area of Johannesburg. Then, proceed to Mandela House where he lived from 1946 to 1962 with his family. This house is not far from the Tutu house which was also the residential home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This is the place where Nelson Mandela returned to after being released from prison in 1990. At the end of the tour discover the exhibitions of the Apartheid Museum.

Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

5. Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of Johannesburg, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum (opened from Wednesday - Sunday). Pass important landmarks and learn about the country's difficult history of Apartheid. Be picked up from your hotel for a full-day tour of Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum, and Soweto. Begin your explorations in the heart of bustling Johannesburg, the third-largest city in Africa. Pass landmark buildings and structures such as the Hillbrow Tower, one of the tallest towers in Africa, the sky-scraping Ponte City, Sentech and Carlton Centre Towers, and the multimillion-rand Nelson Mandela Bridge. Once a prison and military fort, visit the Constitutional Hill Museum and learn about South Africa's journey to democracy. Be humbled as you hear and see the struggles South Africa endured during its societal transitional phases such as the Apartheid. Leaving the hustle and bustle of central Johannesburg behind, the tour will proceed to historical Soweto, an iconic South African township that experienced many student uprisings and much police brutality during the apartheid era. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, and see the house of Nelson Mandela. After an interesting and thought-provoking day head back to your hotel on a comfortable air-conditioned bus. 

From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

6. From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Start your historical day tour ready to know what transpired back in those days and how it has shaped the current dynamic Rainbow nation. Head to Pretoria just over 30 kilometers from Johannesburg making your way to the first stop, the Voortrekker Museum, where you'll get to know the history of the Afrikaaners people of South Africa. Learn more about the monument and why it was built the way it is. From there, you'll drive through the beautiful town of Pretoria, also known as Tswane. Visit the Union Building, which currently houses the president of South Africa and get a splendid view of Pretoria and find a perfect place to take photos. Continue onto Soweto, where you will get to see the 1976 Youth Uprising by visiting the famous Hector Peterson Museum and also visit the house of the South African apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on Vilakazi Street. The Nelson Mandela House has been set up to reflect its original setting from the the time he left prison. Afterwards, head to the Apartheid Museum, where you will get the fine print of what actually transpired during those apartheid days and conclude your tour by passing through Johannesburg as you head back to your hotel.

Johannesburg: Guided City Tour & Nelson Mandela House Visit

7. Johannesburg: Guided City Tour & Nelson Mandela House Visit

Join a guided tour of Johannesburg and explore the City of Gold's most iconic landmarks. Learn about South Africa's oppressive past and celebrate its victories as you visit sights like the famous Soccer City Stadium, the Soweto Cooling Towers, and much more. Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation and set out to explore this bustling city. Start in Soweto, where you'll drive past the famous Soccer City Stadium. Admire the award-winning design of Africa's largest stadium, also known as the Calabash. Then, see the colorful Soweto Cooling Towers. This decommissioned power station is a prominent landmark in Soweto, boasting a larger-than-life mural and offering bungee jumping in an urban industrial setting. Next, visit Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world where 2 Nobel Peace Prize laureates once lived. This street was home to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Stop at the Nelson Mandela National Museum, the home where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. See the humble property that now houses a collection of memorabilia, paintings, and photographs of the Mandela family. Finally, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and learn about the events of 16 June 1976 and the Soweto Uprising. The museum is located just a short distance away from where police opened fire on students during a protest, resulting in the death of Hector Pieterson. Enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Mandela's House

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 65 reviews

A Day never to forget !! Soweto walking tour is an experience to do whenever you in Johannesburg I really had fun and had the best guide ever ''Tebogo'' wish you guys get to meet him you'll get the real feel of Soweto and Johannesburg as a whole !!! He has exceptional knowledge of the area and is extremely informative. I highly recommend this tour.

We booked the tour at the end of July, with the best weather. Our guide Lerato is very competent, comes from the area himself and was able to answer all of our questions. The bikes worked, but are rather a bit older.

Great opportunity to understand the major events that have taken place in Soweto while learning and understanding the culture and life at the township. Highly recommended. Tebogo is an amazing guide.

It was a tour with a lot of cultural information and a lot of community details. The tour was led by Ratho, who is super friendly and has a lot of knowledge of Soweto.

Local guide Tobego was very informative and highly recommend him to others. Enjoyed the historical accounts of Soweto.