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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone Number: 0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
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Mandela left his footprints here

Our driver/guide drove us through Soweto and pointed out where Mandela's home now museum was and told that us most of the original furniture and decor was removed. We saw Winnie... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Surprisingly some very grandiose houses in Soweto amidst the slums. Soweto tour reminds you of the ever growing divide between the haves and the havenots among black South Africans. Entered a Shebeen and shared a beer with locals. Visited Mandela's old house where surprisingly the curator was a Kenyan!! Overall it was a sobering and eye opener tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Our driver/guide drove us through Soweto and pointed out where Mandela's home now museum was and told that us most of the original furniture and decor was removed. We saw Winnie Mandela's home from the back as the high front concrete fencing prevents you seeing anything. We drove past Reverend Desmond Tutu's home and then along Vilakazi street. We were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We were interested in seeing Soweto after all the publicity it received in the apartheid days. We were surprised by the township that had produced 2 Nobel Peace Prize winners - Mandela and Tutu. We started off in the area that has normal suburban houses that one would find in any middle class city. It was even more amazing that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We were somewhat apprehensive about visiting Soweto, based upon what we had seen of the townships around Cape Town, but Soweto was not like that at all: Soweto was actually an established community long before the days of formal apartheid, and they have a strong sense of "community" and pride. The strength of the people here perhaps explains why Soweto... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Visiting the Regina Mundi church, Hector Pietersen memorial and Mandela and Tutu's houses on Vilakazi street was very interesting and most informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I was worried that traveling through Soweto by motorcoach with a tour group would put us out of touch -- but we were able to transit the township, visiting Nelson Mandela's home as well as the Hector Pieterson Memorial and museum. The visit was important to put a perspective on things -- especially when we visited the apartheid museum later... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This is an historic black location. The student uprising of 1976 started in Soweto. You can visit the Hector Peterson memorial centre

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Well the place is no exactly what what I would call welcoming. Cause you look outside you really see the hardship of township life and if you are lucky you might get to see the spinners (street racers)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

There are places one should travel for experiencing the varieties of life but this isn't one you should do alone or without a proper professional guide. This for the experienced traveller is a dangerous place especially after dark where things can happen beyond your most vivid imaginations. Be very aware; do not be reckless or they may well be reckless... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Liked it! Took guests to Vilekaze st....good atmosphere....locals however too pushy to sell their merchandise

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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone Number: 0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg

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