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Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

1. 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: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, City Tour and Apartheid Museum

2. Soweto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, City Tour and Apartheid Museum

Join a 2-hour small group tour of the township of Soweto, described as the “New York of Africa", guided by a Soweto resident guide. Take in the sights of the city where Mandela once lived and Mahatma Gandhi started his legal career. Complete the day and see the sights of Johannesburg at your own pace with a trip on the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Learn the history of Johannesburg from the audio commentary on board the double decker sightseeing bus. Ride through the city's historic neighbourhoods and see fascinating attractions, many related to the struggle against apartheid. Get on and off as much as you like. City Tour visits: - Main Departure Point: Rosebank: Tour office at the @The Zone Mall, next to “Hamleys” - Melrose Arch - Mandela Foundation - Pass Mandela's Homes in Houghton - Scenic Photo Stop at Munroe Drive - Constitution Hill - Mining District - Gold Reef City Casino Hotel (Switch to the Soweto small group tour here) - Apartheid Museum  - Newtown - Neighbourgoods Market (Saturdays only) - Johannesburg Zoo - Military Museum  Small group tour of Soweto includes: 1. Fnb Stadium 2. Welcome to Soweto sign 3. Chris Hani Baragwanath 4. Soweto Towers 5. Orlando Stadium 6. Hector Pieterson 7. Mandela House 8. Soweto Brewery Ubuntu Kraal. Easy to join this tour with the Free Hotel Shuttle bus from Sandton: The Southern Sun Sandton: 09:00 AM The Maslow: 09:08 AM The Hilton: 09:12 AM The Raddison Blue Gautrain: 09:18 AM Da Vinci Hotel: 9:25 AM Melrose Arch: Outside Fire & Ice: 09h12 (17h25: Return shuttle from Rosebank to Sandton) Reconnect with Nelson Mandela's past, and get an understanding of where he started his fight against apartheid at his family home in Soweto. Now a museum, Mandela House follows the story of the legendary leader in the single-story matchbox house is located at number 8115 Vilakazi street. A short distance up the road is Tutu House, the home of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Encounter the eclectic atmosphere of the markets and memorabilia stands. Soweto is home to thousands of South Africans and the site of some of the most iconic events in the nation’s history. Get a fascinating look into kasi living, and hear the history of South Africa’s freedom struggle. Stop at Soccer City on the outskirts of Soweto before going to Diep Kloof. Discover the renowned Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the largest hospital in the world in 1997. Pass the Orlando Towers to see the site of the world’s highest Suspended Catch Air Device (SCAD) Freefall. Enjoy a drink or some braised meat at the Chaf Pozi shisa nyama and shebeen. Drive past Orlando Stadium, the 1st ever sports facility built for black South Africans in a residential area.

Full day Johannesburg and Soweto tour

3. Full day Johannesburg and Soweto tour

we pick you up from your hotel as from 8: 30 AM - Old prison and constitutional court (White prison, Native prison and woman prison) - Johannesburg central business safe site only - Apartheid Museum (you will spend 2 hours inside the Museum) - You have option of having lunch in Soweto local food - Mandela house tour et Desmond TUTU house just outside - Hector Peterson Museum (Soweto uprising 16 June 1976) , students protesting against the Afrikaans language We will drop you back at your hotel no late than 17: 30

Half day Soweto & apartheid museum (French /English guide )

4. Half day Soweto & apartheid museum (French /English guide )

Will have a chance to visit the street of Soweto, highlight of the biggest hospital Chris baraka Gwana, the Soweto towers, Mandela house, the hector Peterson Museum and the apartheid museum. We will give you information about different house in Soweto by passing on the rich side of Soweto, to the middle class of Soweto and the poor area. Desmond tutu house from outside as it is not yet a museum, Mandela house inside, hector Peterson uprising of student. You will also see the biggest stadium in Africa ( fnb stadium)

From Johannesburg: Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

5. 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.

Soweto half day tour with a local

6. Soweto half day tour with a local

Get the experience of being a local Soweto resident by spending your day in one of the largest townships in South Africa; as we drive and walk through the vibrant Soweto Township. Come enjoy the day as we go through the Rich history and culture in Soweto. Itinerary: • Pick up at residence. • Stop at the FNB Stadium which hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup Final. • Drive past the hostels which has been transformed from migrant labour accommodation to informal family units. • Drive past Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital which is the one of the largest hospitals. • We then view the Soweto Towers which is now the landmark of Soweto. • Then we visit one of the most prestigious streets in the world Vilakazi Street; which was home to the 2 Noble Peace Prize Winners Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela here you will get a chance to do some souvenir shopping and view the Mandela House Museum from outside. • Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial; where you will get an overview of the events of the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising. • Tour ends we drive back for guests drop off. Please note duration of the tour is dependent on the number of people we have in a group tour, e.g. tour with 2 people will go faster than that of 13 people. We deliver the tour based on the itinerary.

Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour

7. Soweto: Hector Pieterson Memorial, to Orlando Towers Tour

Explore the diversity and history of Soweto with a local young guide who will be giving knowledge about pre and post-apartheid Soweto and insights into how the people of Soweto, especially the youth are living today. The tour will start at the Hector Pieterson Memorial, where you will be learning about one of the critical points in the abolition of apartheid in South Africa called the 1976 Soweto Uprising. This was when young heroines, like Antoinette Sithole, were brave enough to protest against the apartheid regime, and young heroes like Hector Pieterson were killed fighting for the liberation of South Africa. Visit the famous Vilakazi Street where the famous Nelson Mandela’s house is located. Get a chance to see the former home of Arch-Bishop Desmond Tutu and share key knowledge about what made him so prominent. Taste mouthwatering local cuisines like the Kota ( township burger ) or the famous Braii. Visit one of the local breweries for a chance to do a beer tasting of the local Tolokazi beer. Stop and hop in a minibus taxi, South Africa’s mode of transport to Orlando East, the first location to have brick houses (formal settlement) in Soweto. You will also get a chance to meet and greet the locals while having a nice local ride to your destination. *(Optional) Visit one of the informal settlements of Soweto and see how Soweto first looked like and explore the lowest living class of Soweto, since even though Soweto is a middle-class township, it is also segregated into the three living classes. Walk to the Orlando Towers, which are a landmark in Soweto, and explore the vibrancy of the Soweto lifestyle.

Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

8. Johannesburg: Pretoria, Apartheid & Soweto Small-Group Tour

9:00 am Voortrekkers Monument 10:00 am passing by Kruger House 10:45 am Church Square 11:00 am passing through the CBD 11:30 am Union Building 12:45 pm Apartheid Museum 2:00 pm Soweto visiting the world cup stadium, the biggest hospital in Africa, Soweto towers, Vilakazi Street (Tutu and Mandela's Street), Mandela's house, and Hector Pieterson Square, optional visit of the poorest place of Soweto.

Soweto, Lunch & Apartheid Museum

9. Soweto, Lunch & Apartheid Museum

Overview Get the experience of being a local Soweto resident by spending your day in one of the largest townships in South Africa; as we drive and walk through the vibrant Soweto Township. Come enjoy the day as we go through the Rich history and culture in Soweto, we will also have lunch at one of the local restaurants before we end our day at the Apartheid Museum where you will learn about the events of apartheid in South Africa. NB: PLEASE NOTE APARTHEID MUSEUM IS CLOSED ON MONDAY'S & TUESDAYS. Itinerary: • Pick up at residence. • Stop at the FNB Stadium which hosted the 2010 Soccer World Cup Final. • We then start our Soweto tour in Diepkloof as we discuss the different housing. • Drive past the hostels which has been transformed from migrant labour accommodation to informal family units. • Drive past Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital which is the one of the largest hospitals. • We then view the Soweto Towers which is now the landmark of Soweto. • Then we visit one of the most prestigious streets in the world Vilakazi Street; which was home to the 2 Noble Peace Prize Winners Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela here you will get a chance to do some souvenir shopping and view the Mandela House Museum from outside. • Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial; where you will get an overview of the events of the 1976 Soweto Student Uprising. • We then off to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, (Drinks at your own cost) • We visit the Apartheid Museum, here you will learn about the events of apartheid in South Africa. (ONLY WEDNESDAY - SUNDAY) • Tour ends we drive back for guests drop off. Please note duration of the tour is dependent on the number of people we have in a group tour, e.g. tour with 2 people will go faster than that of 13 people. We deliver the tour based on the itinerary.

Soweto Tour; Mandela House; Vilakazi Street; Market Culture

10. Soweto Tour; Mandela House; Vilakazi Street; Market Culture

Ever Wondered What Soul and Hope Look Like? South of Johannesburg is Soweto, the world’s most famous township and important monument to Apartheid. A sprawling, self-sufficient home to millions, Soweto grapples with democratic change, but its spirit resonates in a plethora of shebeens. Tour Soweto via Soccer City, to relive the memories of the 2010 World Cup soccer event. Drive to the Bara hospital / taxi market , via the ever impressive Diepkloof extension. Continue to the Orlando Towers , then to Freedom square in Kliptown. We then proceed via Regina Mundi Cathedral and Morris Isaacson High school, some of the power houses behind the 1976 uprisings Our route then takes us via the Mofolo Super Bowl , to the Vilakazi precinct - Walk along the famous Vilakazi street in the footsteps of Mandela . Bishop Tutu Visit the Mandela Family museum and the Hector Pietersen Memorial Return to the hotel. End of tour. Optional Lunch in Soweto ( own account )

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The Soweto tour with Waleelee (probably misspelled this, sorry) was absolutely fantastic. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about Soweto. It felt like spending three hours with a friend that wants to show you his culture and country. One of my favorite part was the bus ride with famous South African musics and the visit of the poorest part of Soweto. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that wants to learn about South Africa, its past and present culture.

The apartheid museum was really amazing. I could have had a little more time, but it's perfect for those who want to get the gist of things in half a day. They explained everything in detail and responded to my requests, so I'm really glad I participated.

Themba was a fantastic guide, who made us participate in the real life of the different classes in Soweto - including a ride in the local bus. Very interesting and inspiring tour. Thank you so much ... Shap-shap ... Highly recommended!

The night bus was over 5 hours late, but they waited for me. After that, he gave me a thorough and easy-to-understand guide, and I was able to learn more about the tragic apartheid than I could have learned from a textbook.

The Tour was great!! Our guide has sooo much knowledge regarding the history and the way he narrates it makes the tour extremely enjoyable! I will definitely recommend him to my friends and family :)