Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 10-hour guided tour of Soweto township and Johannesburg
  • Enjoy a detailed tour of the Soweto township with a guide born and raised there
  • See the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • See some of the top attractions of Johannesburg, including Constitution Hill and Carlton Centre
Get picked up at your Johannesburg hotel for a quick introduction before starting your journey to Soweto.
Pass one of the World Cup stadiums along the way, and then arrive in the Diepkloof area full of vendors selling all kinds of things. Travel along Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, a street on which the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners are – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Choose an optional visit to the Mandela House. Learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising and the death of a young boy named Hector Pieterson.
Continue through Soweto into a shanty town where you can meet some of the locals. Travel past the Soweto Campus of Johannesburg University and then the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the world's largest hospital, where your tour ends.
Rejoin your guide after a lunch break (own expense) to visit the famous Apartheid Museum before returning to Johannesburg. Visit the Telkom Tower, an imposing 882 feet (269 meters) tall. See Constitution Hill, where Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once imprisoned, as well as the court (when it's not in session).
See the longest bridge in Southern Africa, Nelson Mandela Bridge, and visit the area called Newtown to stroll along the Jazz Walk of Fame in Mary Fitzgerald Square. Finish your tour with an elevator ride up to the top of the Carlton Centre, the tallest building on the continent.

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, Jan 2019

Our guide, Nick, was an excellent guide, knew Johannesburg well, and had an excellent attitude. I wish the van had a speaker system so the people in the back of the van could hear better. I strongly recommend.

, Dec 2018

This tour was informative and hit the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. I think we visited the sites in a way that helped tell the story of recent history in S. A. Our tour guide Thsolo and his helper Fresh were a wealth of knowledge and made us feel very welcomed. Highly recommend!

, Nov 2018

October 21st. We had a most amazing day with Thabang touring your wonderful city Johannesburg. We have looked forward to this day for a long time and and it far surpassed our expectations. Thabang is a wonderful ambassador for your company as well as your country and its inspiring history.He taught us to cherish dear Mr Mandela and appreciate better how much he brought not only to South Africa but to the world. Every tour stop was worthy of our time spent. The very special visit was in the community in Soweto. We are so glad Thabang was willing to take us there. We have a much better understanding of the South African township life and we are richer for it. Please know for yourself and tell him for us we think he is a wonderful guide. Please let me know how to send a review to Viator. It will be 5 stars. Sincerely,Kevin Lemon

, Oct 2018

The tour was worthwhile; the tourist guide make all the difference. Am glad I took this tour; got to know Johannesburg's past and present life.

, Sep 2018

Our guide, Tsholo, was great! Very informative and personable. Gave us great information the whole day. Learned so much about South Africa, Johannesburg, and apartheid

, Mar 2018

Great tour with our local guide BoBo, from Soweto. He did an excellent job.

, Jan 2018

Wonderful day, so very interesting and thought provoking. Would have loved longer at the Apartheid Museum. Our guide was fantastic, Tsholo thank you.

, Dec 2017

We had a wonderful time .It was a full day.Very informative and educational. Constitutional Court was an eye opener. Apartheid museum is wonderful and you need time there. Soweto was something to see and our guide was great with lots of information. He even let us try a local bunychow.

, Nov 2017

Great tour lots to see -hard to fit it all in. Not enough time in Aparteid museum service in café was so slow we had little over an hour in the museum. Constitution Hill was very interesting if somewhat shocking, loved the design of the new courthouse reflecting both the traditional culture of S Africa AND new constitution, in a creative and positive way. Soweto tour was extremely well run and very enlightening felt far safer and less dark and threatening than expected - a place of many contrasts. Would have liked more time around the area of Nelson Mandela's house also. A good intro to S. Africa, with a friendly and interesting guide

, Nov 2017

We wanted an overview of Johannesburg with a focus on Apartheid, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The history is so complex, I was not expecting to do more than scratch the surface, but our guide fully understood what were looking for and delivered even more. Thank you, Viator, thanks Ben, and thanks to all the guides at each stop.

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