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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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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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Toronto, Canada
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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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Sydney
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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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Incline Village, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A visit to SOWETO is a must in Johannesburg, not just to visit the historical sites and understand the different aspects of the apartheid era, but also to see the changes that have happened since that time and understand the problems of the future. Sadly, though, you need the right guide, who can bring you inside the culture, not just... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I heard plenty about Soweto before I went to visit. I was expecting to see an authentic Township, similar to third world country living standards. While part of Soweto is still living in aluminum shacks as depicted in the photo above, there has been a massive effort to build nice looking homes in Soweto, and there now even a "rich"... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You have to see Soweto and the Mandela related sights but a drive thru doesn't really give you much insight into the incredible transformation that started there,

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Authentic Joburg living. Great food at Wandie's. Local jewelry etc to buy from the streets. Do not go on public holidays as museums like the Hector Pietersen remains shut

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

An important part of any visit to Johannesburg is to see this iconic township, and especially the fashionable Vilikazi street area. Don't miss the Hector Pietersen memorial, the memorial to the declaration of human rights and the homes of the Nobel Peace Prize winners.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have not visited Soweto as a tourist but as a South African visiting another South African's home. it is like any neighbourhood, some good parts, some poor parts.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Soweto is the true sleeping giant that is starting to stretch its limbs. Besides the normal touristy spots, there arejust so many areas within Soweto to experience the friendly vibe.

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