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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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SoWeToo Tour was great.

Really uplifting, despite the Hector Pieterson Memorial - which is a must see. Would recommend to anyone. The guide, Nipoh (sorry for the spelling errors) was really helpful and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Really uplifting, despite the Hector Pieterson Memorial - which is a must see. Would recommend to anyone. The guide, Nipoh (sorry for the spelling errors) was really helpful and good at his job.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

When visiting South Africa, and Johannesburg in particular, it is important to see how the people live, work and their history. Took and excellent guided tour, with many stops, and then visited the Hector Petersen Museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I had a vision of Soweto as being a large squatter encampment but was amazed to find that it is a vibrant, modern city. It's population is 4 million (Jo'burg itself is 7 million) and it includes modern shopping malls and so on. In Orlando, where Mandela once lived and where Winnie Mandela still lives - in a very spacious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I truly enjoyed my visit to Soweto. I had a great guide. You will need a tour guide or one who knows the area well. Some areas are poor and some are well kept. Soweto is much bigger than I imagined. The people there are nice. Kids were out playing because they were on break. So it was lovely to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Soweto is the largest township in Johannesburg. It is miles in all directions and very hard to navigate without an expert guide. We requested a special tour of the Kliptown area , Station Road, and a tour of the most impressive Kliptown Youth Program. Much of the area has "shanty" type housing with no running water or electricity . Other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Lovely to see, although sad. Poverty and still happiness. Great projects being run here as well, like Kliptown Youth Program. Great guide Ali Mtawa took us on an "inside" tour. You learn to be humble.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I visited Soweto in February 2014 and was glad I did. See the homes and streets where famous anti-apartheid freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela lived in. Lots of art work on sale. Also visit the mall and see the other side of Johannesburg you would not otherwise have known exist.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

My wife and I went here with no idea what it was or anything, WOW. So much history, beautiful people and sights. We took the hop on hop of tour so only had very limited time there, so this will be on our list for our next visit. Make sure you are at the Nelson Mandela house at lunchtime as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Very interesting guided tour. Unfortunately we were pressed for time but Victor was wonderful in giving a brief overview of the area as well as Mandela's house.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

For many years I had seen photographs, films and read stories about the problems and poverty in Soweto. Yes - problems remain and there are still a few shacks, together with other abandoned accommodation locations but I was surprised and impressed by the apparent improvements. South Africa has many problems but, for me, Soweto was an indication of the progress... More 

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