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South Western Townships

Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #5 of 69 attractions in Johannesburg
Type: Historic Sites
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Perth, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Went on a Temba tour - Richard was an outstanding guide & we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves (although it was sad to see some of the poverty that abounds)

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Ridgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We had a tour of Soweto as part of our Collette tour of South Africa. It was not quite what we expected. Part of the township is really quite upscale now. Part is still poor but improvements are being made. We even ate at a nice little restaurant in the middle of the townships. This is really a must see... More

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We had a personal tour by Kobus at kobus@real-play.co.za . He took us to see the square where the school children first rebelled against having to learn Africaans, to Mandela,s house and to Desmond Tutu,s house. All the while he gave us a fair and unbiased history of the end of apartheid.

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Webster, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Slightly weird buying baubles in a slum. Seems a bit disrespectful to the hundreds who gave their lives for freedom.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is a must do experience to destroy your preconceptions about life in Soweto. Be sure to visit the street where two Nobel Peace Prize winners live.

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Kampen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We've had an lovely tour through SoWeTo. It was totally different from what we imagined, but absolutely worthwhile!

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West Sussex
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

When you travel around the townships you realise that the Government is trying to hide the shanty townships behind hoardings so as any tourists do not see the 'real' struggle that is ongoing. Having not been here for twenty two years the change is tremendous and the Government is heading in the right direction though. Interesting that the Government give... More

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I was amazed that even though poor, there's pride in this place and I admire them for it. Everyone should visit and take the short tour even though it's uncomfortable to see the poverty when in all likelihood if you are visiting, you have far more than they do. Be prepared to be sold something in the swatter's village. There... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Those of us old enough to remember, have vivid memories of Soweto during the battles over apartheid. Today's Soweto is filled with middle class homes, shops, etc...It was nice to see the change from those dark and violent days1

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Go with a guide who really knows the areas. Also arrange to visit some of the nonprofit organizations working to make a difference in the various communities. You can't really face the reality of South Africa without seeing the thousands of shanties and realizing how seemingly impossible it is for enough housing to be built.

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