Welcome to Soweto
Discover Soweto with our affordable guided tour packages from Johannesburg. Literally translating, SOWETO means South Western Townships, Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, South Africa, bordering the city's mining belt in the south. Its located in the city of Gold, Johannesburg bordering the city's mining belt in the Southern part. Soweto is regarded today as one of the top 10 townships in South Africa where its people stood against the ills of Apartheid. Two great world laureate winners of Nobel peace prizes namely the great Nelson Mandela and the Archibishop Desmond Tutu lived on the famous Vilakazi street which has become the best tourist attraction in Johannesburg.
Are you asking a question as to why should you visit Soweto of your Johannesburg tour or vacation? There are many reasons Soweto should be on the bucket list of your trip to South Africa and especially if you are planning to tour Johannesburg. Soweto is known to be a melting pot of South African culture past the darkest ages of the Apartheid era. In Soweto, you will find on the famous Vilakazi street the real rainbow nation identity as black and whites come together to enjoy the weekends on the popular Vilakazi street. It is the only street in the area where there are two Nobel Prize peace winners Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu. Former Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela lived here in a small townhouse while fighting against the oppression of Apartheid. It was here in Soweto where the innocent's school children were shot with live ammunition by the Apartheid Police because they have objected to being taught in Afrikaans. We recommend a small group tour with a guide or a private guided tour for any visit o Soweto.
Where to Go?:
Whilst Vilakazi street is one of the top 10 places to visit in Soweto, consider adding on your itinerary the Nelson Mandela house, Hector Petersen monument, the Fnb soccer stadium which hosted the 2010 World Cup finals, and the Soweto cooling towers where Bungee Jumping activities are organized by professionals. You can combine your Soweto tour with the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg city tour, and even the Lion Park or Lesedi Cultural village on a full-day guided tour with hotel pick up and drop off. If you are looking to taste the best Brai- Shisa Nyama ( Barbecue) in Johannesburg, a guided tour to Soweto will be the answer to your craving.
When to Go?:
When is the best time to visit or to go to Soweto? Soweto is an all-year-round destination. But the best time is during Summer (December through February). During this time the weather is just perfect for outdoor activities. The temperature during this time varies between 82°F (27.8°C) and 78°F (25.6°C).
Best Time to Go: Best: Good:
- Nelson Mandela House
- Desmond Tutu House
- Vilakazi Street
- Hector Peterson Monument
- Soweto cooling towers for bungee jumping
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