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Soweto

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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Cultural Tours

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Private Soweto Tour 5 hours approximately from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Explore South Africa's most famous township with this half-day tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Join a knowledgeable local guide, born and raised in Soweto, for this unforgettable experience. Get personal insights into the culture of the township and learn about Soweto's vibrant modern personality.Highlights5-hour tour of Soweto from JohannesburgVisit this famous township with a guide who was born and raised thereSee the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond TutuLearn about the 1976 Soweto UprisingMeet some of the residents of a Soweto shanty town
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bicycle tour 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
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Air Tours

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Helicopter & Charter services around Soweto(charged per flight not per-person).

With Fly SA Wise, the unique travel requirement of every client are carefully considered and each Charter is planned accordingly. Not only do we get you to your destination on time and in style, but we also arrange your specific accommodation requirements.
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  • 6 to 15 minutes
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  • 6 to 15 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Soweto sunset tour + Township Dinner

This is the only tour to explore and enjoy two Soweto' s world at once. I.e Historically and vibrant night life of South Africa's townships that are purely represented in Soweto in a very positive way. Explore, eat (local cuisine)and drink ( local beer) and, if possible, one can dance to local tunes.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Half Day Soweto Tour

With a population of over 2 million, the biggest black urban settlement in Africa with a rich political history. Soweto was the centre of political campaigns aimed at the overthrow of the Apartheid state. The 1976 student uprising started in Soweto and spread to the rest of the country. Many of the insights on this route therefore have political significance.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Helicopter Tours

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Helicopter tours around Soweto for groups of 30 or more.

Clients are carefully considered and each charter is planned accordingly, get to see Soweto from the birds eye view and experience an adventure of a life time.
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  • 10 to 15 minutes
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  • 10 to 15 minutes
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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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.
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  • 7 Hours Approximate
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  • 7 Hours Approximate
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Cultural Tours

Soweto & Apartheid Museum Tour

Immerse yourself in the tumultuous history of Soweto Township on this half-day tour from Johannesburg, which includes a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Learn about the historically black area and the struggles that occurred against apartheid there through your guide's insightful commentary as you travel; you'll learn a lot more on a guided tour than you would simply exploring on your own.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Day Trips

Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour

Explore South Africa's most famous township on this full-day 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, as you visit landmarks like the Apartheid Museum, the Diepkloof area, and Carlton Centre.
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  • 10 hours
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Johannesburg and Soweto

Get a deeper experience of Johannesburg than typically offered by sightseeing excursions on this comprehensive tour. See such historic sites as the prison where both Gandhi and Mandela were held, explore neighborhoods undergoing artist-led urban regeneration, and visit Mandela's former home in the Soweto township.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

Soweto is one of the most famous townships in Johannesburg and the site of many significant events during the apartheid era. 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. Then, find out more about South Africa’s harrowing history at the Apartheid Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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Soweto & Apartheid Museum , Half Day Tour

this tour gives you history of the apartheid era and takes you through some of the places which could no be seen during that period, due to the atrocities committed by the apartheid government, you learn some of the activist against the apartheid.
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Private Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour R1600,00

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
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  • 7 hours
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Soweto Half Day Private Tour 4 hours R 1250,00

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.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Half-day Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Soweto Day Tour

Experience the Soweto tour with a local guide, born and bred in the heart of Soweto! Come as a guest and leave as a family member in Soweto.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Full day Apartheid Museum & Soweto Tour from Pretoria&Johannesburg, every FRIDAY

Get a comprehensive, full-day tour of Soweto Township, including entrance to the Apartheid Museum, on this excursion departing from Johannesburg or Sandton. With a guide in the lead, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the experience while listening to insightful narration. Get a close look at the rise and fall of apartheid through site visits and commentary.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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, and the once-residence of Nobel peace prize winner Desmond Tutu.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

Full Day Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour

Get a comprehensive tour of Soweto, including the Apartheid Museum, on this full-day excursion from Johannesburg. You'll check off all the important sights, including the Oppenheimer Tower, Vilakazi Street, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, and Nelson Mandela's house while listening to in-depth commentary. The day's final stop is the Apartheid Museum for a 2-hour tour.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

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.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Day Trips

Johannesburg Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour

The Apartheid Museum is one of South Africa’s most important history museums, offering a harrowing insight into the rise and fall of the apartheid regime. On this tour, combine a visit to the Apartheid Museum with a tour of the Soweto township, the former home of Nelson Mandela. 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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