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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.

Please note: The Hector Peterson Museum Roof collapsed and is therefore currently closed. Please note that we have now temporarily re-routed the visit to The June 16 Memorial. It is at no. 25 Mphuthi street, corner of Pula Street, Central Western Jabavu, Soweto. It is directly opposite Morris Isaacson High School (Tsietsi Mashinini ‘s alma mater).

The Memorial focuses on routes used by protesting students, now widely known as the June 16 1976 Students March Trail. It is a principal stop along the June 16 trail offering an overview of the 1976 struggle route together with links to other sites of significance on the trail. The June 16 Memorial Acre compliments and builds on the narrative at the Hector Pieterson Memorial. It is an artistic expression of the story of June 16, 1976 student uprisings. It is also a host to the statue of Tsietsi Mashinini, one of the leaders of the June 16, 1976 student uprising.


  • Sightseeing tour of Soweto from central Johannesburg
  • Explore Johannesburg's largest urban township with a guide
  • Learn about Soweto's apartheid history and hear of the infamous Soweto Uprising of 1976
  • See where Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu — two key anti-apartheid leaders — once lived
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

African Shebeen (bar) in Soweto

Customer Reviews

Leonard Anthony R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We learned so much on this tour. Our guide Phineas was so knowledgeable not only about Soweto but the history of Johannesburg, he really made this day such a special experience for us. We would highly recommend this tour.

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Picked up from Garden Court O R Tambo, Very good half day seeing Soweto, made all the better by having the driver/guide 'James all to ourselves.

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour, saw a lot of Soweto. Guide was really helpful and chatty.

Riquelmy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Visiting Soweto was my favorite part of my time in Joburg. It was the most culturally enriching experience. An absolute MUST DO. Highly recommended!

Theresa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour that provided a deeper understanding of South Africa's history. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and was a very safe driver. I highly recommend this tour.

Bruce S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I was the only English speaking person in a tour group of German Tourist but our tour guide Rudie made the extra effort to provide narrative in both languages ... the visit to the squatter camp in Soweto was excellent and well managed by our tour guide ... well worth it

Kenneth O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

The tour was very informative and our tour give, Phineas, was top rate.

Nicola H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, with a very informative guide. Would definitely recommend to hear all about the history of this interesting place.

Adrian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Brilliant tour of Soweto! Highly recommend. I was very lucky to be the only one on the tour and found it to be very informative.

Sophia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Our tour guide was great, very informative, didn't mind us asking questions and we enjoyed the tour.
However, information should be provided about how many people we needed to tip and what was an acceptable tip. We were required to give 4 tips and a donation to a school.
This made the tour quite expensive. The souvenirs were overpriced as I bought a similar item elsewere for the same price but it was 4 times larger.

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