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South Western Townships

Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #6 of 71 Attractions in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is a place so full of history that one almost feels insignificant when walking in its streets. Take a guided visit and see the homes of great men (Mandela, Tutu, etc), eat at one of the 'shabeens' and get immersed in the history of South Africa and its liberation struggle against apartheid. Must see - do not miss this.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

steeped in history...........view Winnie Mandela's home , the old home of Desmond Tutu.....the memorial to the school children

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Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Always wanted to do this tour and went Saturday for lunch and touring, absolute rip off, overpriced food on vilikazi street, no atmosphere,very dissapointing, Mandela house needs repairs and should honour his legacy, found the whole experience a waste of time,people are friendly and tourist sites need upgrading,very expensive day out

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Pune
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I visit every time I'm in Joburg, be it for work or pleasure. Never get tired of the food at Sakhumzi and Wandies, no matter how touristy they get. The people, of course, are the best part - warm, friendly, open. Each time I come back with wonderful encounters and stories. The heartbeat of Joburg!

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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

An amazing place with amazing people. Plenty of things to see and stuff to do. People are friendly and welcoming. Visited during july 14. Had a great time there, though too short. The bicycle tour from Lebo's is highly recommended, gets you around with local guide to special places of interest. Very down to earth, easy done tour thats super... More

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JHB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This township has literally risen Phoenix like from a brutal past to become a fascinating hybrid of the chic and shabby. The main road into Soweto takes you past the fabulous Maponya Mall, where the glitterati go to parade: the iconic Orlando Towers, where the insane go for exhilarating views and bungee jumps: and where the uber stylish frequent the... More

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Northampton, England,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You need to see to try and understand. It is well worth taking time to see this area and all its recent history.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We engaged Soweto Guided Tours and could not have been happier. The tour was thoughtful, personal and respectful of the locals. Driver, Simon was great.

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Monza
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Soweto (South Western Townships) is worth a visit. By bike or by bus with guided tour. It is worthwhile to understand the conditions in which they live today 4.5 million people in South Africa. Attention to possible theft.

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Nashville, Tn
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The good news is that conditions in Soweto have dramatically improved. The bad news is that a visit there by a tourist has become a Disney like experience. If you want to experience life in a township visit Alexandra. Alexandra is near some of the wealthiest northern suburbs of JoBurg. Despite the poor living conditions we were impressed by the... More

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