Soweto Tours

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Formally known as the South West Township, Soweto has historically been synonymous with resistance to apartheid, South Africa’s former policy of racial segregation. In the 1970s and '80s, the sprawling district on the edge of Johannesburg was frequently in the news, especially as the Soweto Uprising of 1976, a series of protests led by black schoolchildren, produced one of the world’s most iconic news images: that of child Hector Pieterson, shot by police, dying in another protester’s arms. This complex history has shaped the township, where its cultural richness and important political significance now shine through in its moving museums, historical monuments, and strong traditions held by its some 3 million residents. Read on to learn how to visit Soweto, one of the largest black urban settlements in South Africa.


Best Ways to Visit Soweto

Take a guided tour to learn about the rich history, culture, food, and modern life in the township. For any Soweto tour, your tour guide will most likely meet you in central Johannesburg or Pretoria and provide roundtrip transportation by car; both full-day and half-day tours are available. A visit to the community can also be combined with a general Johannesburg city tour or a short Pretoria tour. Otherwise, it’s a 15-mile (25-km) drive along N17 to reach the South Western Township from downtown Johannesburg. While it’s possible to drive yourself, the township’s layout can be confusing.


What To See in Soweto

Johannesburg’s most famous district features a number of well-known tourist attractions, including the history-rich Apartheid Museum and the Hector Pieterson Museum, where Soweto Uprising victims are honored. The emotional Nelson Mandela House (Nelson Mandela National Museum), set on Vilakazi Street, is dedicated to the history and mission of the famous South African leader, while the former home of another Nobel Prize winner and social rights activist, Desmond Tutu, can be found just down the street. Visitors can learn about other local leaders through stops at buildings that honor their memories: the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Diepkloof and the Regina Mundi Church, one of South Africa’s largest Roman Catholic churches.


Kliptown, the oldest settlement in Soweto and home to Walter Sisulu Square, is visited for the role it played as the site of the 1955 Congress of the People. This unprecedented meeting produced the Freedom Charter, one of the first documents of resistance during the apartheid era. Also of note is the FNB Soccer Stadium on the border of Soweto, where many South Africans spend their leisure time watching games; and the Orlando Towers, prominent Soweto landmarks that were once cooling towers for a coal-powered plant but are now popular bungee-jumping sites covered in murals by local artists.

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Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour

Get to know the history and landmarks of Johannesburg, also known as the City of Gold, in a full-day tour. Visit Soweto, the hometown of Nelson Mandela, as well as a full city tour and a visit to the Apartheid Museum. All entrance fees, lunch, snacks, and bottled water included. Pickup and drop-off at your Johannesburg hotel.
  • Duration: 7 Hours Approximate
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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

Explore South Africa's most famous township with this 10-hour guided tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively Soweto from your guide, who was born and raised in the township.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Johannesburg Full Day Tour Including a Visit to the Lion Park

Explore the best of what Johannesburg has to offer with this full day tour including a safari and a traditional South African 'sun-downer.' See the Lion Park to see one of Africa's most majestic big cats. Visit Soweto, the country's most famous township. Take in the important exhibits at the Apartheid Museum. Enjoy an evening drink – a sun-downer – in Maboneng.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Pretoria, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour from Johannesburg

Take a deep dive into South Africa's history on this multi-stop tour that includes Soweto, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. With a guide in the lead and round-trip transportation provided, this ambitious tour examining the history of apartheid in South Africa is made stress-free. Learn about the Great Trek through a visit to the Voortrekker Museum, see the Union Buildings, the Apartheid Museum in Soweto, and the Mandela Bridge. Along the way, your guide will provide sensitive, in-depth commentary about the country's history and culture.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Bicycle Tour of Soweto

Experience daily life in Soweto on this guided bike tour. Check out Nelson Mandela's house, learn about the history of Apartheid in South Africa and gain a deeper understanding of this nation's unique history.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Discover one of Johannesburg's most energetic and fascinating townships on a half-day visit to Soweto. Set out on a coach bus or minivan for a guided sightseeing tour of an area known for its rich political history and vibrant trendsetting culture. Witness the disparities between rich and poor while learning about how the township came to be and its fight against apartheid. Take in sights like the Mandela House Museum, where the former South African president once lived, the once-residence of Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Half-day Soweto Private Cultural Tour incl Mandela House visit

Explore the culture, history and traditions of Soweto on this private tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Spend half of a day venturing into one of the nation's most incredible towns. Visit Nelson Mandela's home, Vilakazi Street, the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum and more. Choose to bungee jump (additional cost) or roll through the streets on two wheels with an optional bike tour (own expense). Round-trip transport and a friendly, professional guide makes this private tour hassle-free.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Johannesburg Tour: Cycle Soweto with a Local Guide

Explore the highlights of Johannesburg with a two-part tour, seeing the main attractions of the city in the morning followed by a bike tour of Soweto in the afternoon.Please note: the cycling portion of this tour will be about two hours. The full duration time of the tour is to cover pick-ups and drop-offs, as well as pre-cycle preparation time.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Soweto Bicycle Tour with Optional Bungee Jump

Spend a half day rolling through the streets of Soweto on this popular bike tour that puts travelers in touch with local customs, traditions, culture and people. Learn about the area's incredible history, visit the childhood home of Nelson Mandela and gain insight into the nation's Apartheid past. This tour includes the option to bungee jump in Soweto, or travelers can opt to simply take in the views from 100 meters above the ground. 
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Soweto Day Tour from Johannesburg

Delve into the history of South Africa during Apartheid on this half-day tour of Soweto. With a guide providing insightful commentary, take a walk down Vilakazi Street, home to two residences of Nobel Peace Laureates. Visit Motsoaledi, the Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, and the Nelson Mandela House Museum, among other highlights.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour

Get to know South Africa’s biggest city on a full-day tour that covers all the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. Take in the views from the Top of Africa, learn about the city’s history as you visit Constitutional Hill and the Apartheid Museum, then follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela in Soweto, with a tour of the Nelson Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Freedom Square.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Soweto Township Experience Tour from Johannesburg

A visit to Soweto is an essential part of any Johannesburg experience. This memorable tour delves deep into South Africa's Apartheid roots and grants travelers an insider's look at the history, culture and people in this iconic destination. Journey 15 km outside the center of the city into Deepkloof Extension, where you'll see the Soweto Towers, Kliptown Charter, Matchbox, Elephant Houses and shanty towns. Your expert guide will show you the street where Nelson Mandela and Hector Pieterson lived and you'll learn about the 1976 uprising that helped pave the way for freedom. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Soweto Half Day Tour

Located just a half-hour drive from Johannesburg, Soweto is one of the most famous townships in the city. On this tour, discover the township’s troubled history and rich cultural heritage as you stroll down Vilikazi Street, learn about the Youth Uprising in 1976 at the Hector Pieterson Museum, and visit the Nelson Mandela House Museum.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Half-Day Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg

Explore South Africa's most famous township with this half-day tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Get a deeper understanding of the country's rich and difficult history with a visit to the largest black urban settlement in all of Africa.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Johannesburg History Tour and Kruger National Park Safari in 5 Days

Many visitors to South Africa head straight on straight on safari without experience the human history of the country. Combine heritage and nature on this tour that takes you to Kruger National Park as well as the Cradle of Human Kind, Lesedi Cultural Village, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.
  • Duration: 5 days
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3 Days Safari to Pillanesburg National Park from Johannesburg

Planning a 3-day, multi-stop tour is a large task, but booking this tour to Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Pilanesburg National Park takes care of all the details in advance. Learn about the history of the Boers in Pretoria and take a deep dive into the effects of apartheid by visiting the Apartheid Museum in Soweto. See the variety of tribes in South Africa in the Lesedi Cultural Village and the important archeological finds at the Cradle of Humankind. Finish up with a game drive through Pilanesburg National Park in search of Africa's Big 5.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Tour of Soweto in Johannesburg

Explore the cluster of townships known as Soweto on this tour of south-western Johannesburg. Learn why this black urban settlement was created in the 1930s and gain a deeper understanding from your guide how this unique place deeply influenced South Africa's political history.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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3 Days Pretoria Johannesburg tour

HIGHLIGHTS AVOID THE DAY TO DAY TOURS AND SAVE WITH THIs WONDERFUL TOURPRETORIA(voortrekker monument,Parliament,Cullinun Mine)Soweto(mandela house,Hector Peterson and Regina Mundi church)go visit the Apartheid Museumvisit The Cradle of Human KindVisit Lesedi Cultural Villagevehicles with wifi and very friendly and professional guideenjoy the sipping of free bottled water and free snacks
  • Duration: 3 days
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Soweto Tour with Lesedi Cultural Village Day Tour

Get an essential introduction to recent South African history on this guided tour to the township of Soweto. Learn about how the township's experiences during the Apartheid era. Visit Mandela House, Hector Pieterson Museum, and Lesedi Cultural Village to watch a traditional dance. Includes lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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11-Days South African Classic Tour with Kruger National Park and Cape Town

This 11 days tour covers the best of what South Africa has to offer. The tour brings together the magnificent scenery of The Drakensberg Mountains, historical and cultural experience including the both experience of wildlife safari in The Kruger National Park and City Life in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. In the Kruger National your are guaranteed to see some of the BIG FIVE.  The tour will begin in Johannesburg and end in Cape Town or start in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg. You can choose where you want to start your tour.
  • Duration: 11 days
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US$2,702.78
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