Soweto (short for South-West Township) was synonymous with resistance to Apartheid in South Africa, particularly as repression was stepped up in the 1970s and 80s, a time when images of the sprawling district on the edge of Johannesburg were rarely far from television news. The area has traditionally housed black workers who commute to more prosperous white areas of Johannesburg, and overcrowding has always been an issue.

But this is also a place of amazing cultural richness and a trendsetter for the whole country: South Africa’s heart beats to the rhythms of Soweto. Take a guided tour to discover the truth about life in Johannesburg’s most famous district and savor the taste of the township in one of the huge array of restaurants, offering everything from barbecues to modern variations on traditional Zulu dishes.

Practical Info

Most tours of Soweto have their starting point in central Johannesburg. Self-drive tours are an option but the layout of the township can be confusing.

Tours & Tickets

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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour, Johannesburg, null
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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Gain insight into the history and culture of Soweto, the largest urban area of Johannesburg, on this 4-hour tour by coach or minivan. Hear about the role ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.08
Private Johannesburg Full Day Tour Including a Visit to the Lion Park, Johannesburg, Bus & Minivan ... 
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Private Johannesburg Full Day Tour Including a Visit to the Lion Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a full packed day in Johannesburg in this exciting tour day from safari to history and culture and then join the lifestyle of Johannesburg's residence as ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $163.50
Johannesburg Soweto Tour, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Johannesburg Soweto Tour

See all the significant historic parts of Johannesburg/Soweto that have a significant influence on the landscape of Johannesburg and South Africa.

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.99
Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Enjoy a 1- or 2-day Johannesburg combo that includes a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour and a comprehensive minibus tour of Soweto! Enjoy commentary from ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 1 or 2 days

From USD $34.16
Private Tour: Cultural Soweto Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Johannesburg, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Private Tour: Cultural Soweto Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Curious about Johannesburg and would like to experience the culturally rich South African Township of Soweto? Then this popular half-day Soweto tour is for ...  Read more

Location: Soweto, South Africa
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.48
Bicycle Tour of Soweto, Johannesburg, Half-day Tours
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Bicycle Tour of Soweto

This short tour will let you experience day to day life in the township and the famous spots such as Nelson Mandela's house. It will give you a brief but good ...  Read more

Location: Soweto, South Africa
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.27
Soweto Bicycle Tour with Optional Bungee Jump, Johannesburg, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Soweto Bicycle Tour with Optional Bungee Jump

A half day tour which gives you the opportunity to bungee jump in Soweto or just safely enjoy the view of the township from 100 meter above ground. You will ...  Read more

Location: Soweto, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.08
Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour, Johannesburg, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

On this full day tour your guide, who was born and raised in Soweto, will take you past all the hotspots in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum and sites in ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.49
Johannesburg Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Johannesburg Tour: Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

See Johannesburg city sights in the morning and then pedal your way around Soweto. Led by a friendly guide, your half-day tour starts with a glimpse of Orlando ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.00

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