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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Johannesburg Super Saver: Soweto Sightseeing Tour plus Johannesburg Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

With this Johannesburg Super Saver, you'll get two best-selling tours at one discounted price. Spend the morning in Soweto and gain an insight into South ...  Read more

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

From USD $156.98
$192.23 Save $35.25

Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 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 $43.53

Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Experience a fascinating glimpse of bustling neighbourhood life. Soweto is the most metropolitan township in the country - setting trends in politics, fashion, ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.12

Soweto Tour from Sandton

Come explore Soweto with a local guide and learn about the culture and history of Soweto.

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

From USD $46.17

Johannesburg Tour: Apartheid Museum, Carlton Centre Observation Deck and Soweto Bike Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

See Johannesburg city sights in the morning and then pedal your way around Soweto – the city’s vibrant township from where Nelson Mandela hails. Led by a ...  Read more

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

From USD $115.00

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