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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.

Highlights

  • 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

After pickup from your hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton or Rosebank district, drive 12 miles (20 km) southwest of the city center to Soweto. The name of this urban settlement is derived from the acronym 'South Western Townships,' a cluster of townships created by the South African government in the 1930s during the apartheid movement.

Get an overview of Soweto's complex apartheid history as you drive around and see some of its most famous sights. Sprawling across a vast area bordering Johannesburg's mining belt, Soweto served as a workforce for the South African capital, until civil unrest broke out against the apartheid regime. Gain insight into these pivotal moments at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, honoring the victims who died during the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

See the former houses of two Nobel Prize winners — the Mandela House and Tutu House — and learn about the leadership that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu took against the racial segregation of South Africa. You'll also see the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the world, occupying 173 acres (70 hectares) and containing nearly 3,200 beds.

At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

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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