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South Western Townships

Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #6 of 69 attractions in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

As Part of City SightSeeing Red Bus Tours thi extension was brilliant and well worth the cost, there is lots to do in SOWETO so read the guide on line and take the extra walking tours, leave on the first bus to best use your time and eat at the Vilakazi street Restos.

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Hamilton, Canada
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212 reviews 212 reviews
155 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a fascinating tour to do - but use a knowledgeable guide who can and will show you all of the things to see in Soweto - as our guide said "the good, the bad, and the ugly". There is lots to see that is good, a modern mall, modern housing, a museum, etc. But then there is the... More

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Torrance, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Touring Soweto with a good guide is a great way to learn about the Apartheid movement and the history of South Africa. We spent the day with our tour guide Kobus in Johannesburg and it was fantastic! He has a very laid back style and really knows the local life style before and after Apartheid. His email is kobus@real-play.co.za -... More

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Somerset West, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I think visiting Soweto is a must-do for all South Africans. We visited the Hector Pietersen Memorial, Vilakazi Street, Nelson Mandela's house, and also saw Desmond Tutu's house. We used the City Sightseeing tour operator, and would recommend that you set aside a full day for this tour.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We visited Nelson Mandela's home on Vilakazi Street and had lunch at a local restaurant. Very well organised. Highly recommended.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We booked a Soweto tour by car only as we did not know what to expect. We would now probably book a combined walking or even bike tour to feel more than just by driving around. Still, Heinz was a great guide booked via EGOLI African destinations who spoke German as well which had the advantage, that our kids were... More

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Georgia
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9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Felt as if that it happened right in front of your eyes there in Soweto. We went with the City Sightseeing hop on hop off bus Soweto extension. The tour provided the commentary and all the necessary history at each historical spot throughtout

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a bit of a tourist trap, but a great experience to see Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu's houses. The residents are friendly and the food and great value.

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Durban, South Africa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Went with a group if Swiss clients to Soweto what had an amazing time, it was very interesting walking the road Hector Peterson walked as he got shot just before he reached the Anglican Church. It was a moving experience for the group had also some nice coffee in one of the new coffee shops coming up. Then we saw... More

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Durban, South Africa
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I had the pleasure of going on a soweto tour and it was so facinating! Being a Durbanite, saffa i was very intriuged to see what it was all about. Our guides were very informative and i reccommend going on a tour and not alone. The guides are what make the experience worthwhie as they explain and educate. Go do... More

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