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South Western Townships

Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Ranked #6 of 70 Attractions in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
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South Africa,Johannesburg
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very historical township with friendly people. Nice restaurants withing walking distance of Mr. Mandela's former house which is now a museum.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Soweto is a large township and is very busy. There are lots of small businsses, lots of different extentions. The only problem with Soweto is the traffic itself. The taxis constitute most of the traffic and the taxi drivers are very discourteous.

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

One feels as if you've visited another vibrant and exciting world, well worth a visit. Restaurants could be uograded though.

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Roma, Italia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stayed in Soweto some hours and could observe that the township is a really complex one, with many many different realities. It's an experience to do.

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T&T
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31 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We loved out trip through Soweto. It was interesting to see this suburb of Johannesburg thriving and developing. It is a long way from the images of Soweto that hit the international news in the 1980s. There are many attractions, including Mandela House and be sure to enjoy the food offered by the many restaurants. I loved the painted towers... More

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New Plymouth
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12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Take a tour down to Soweto - there are still wide disparities in wealth - from shantytowns to grim mining hostels, but also a lot of brick middle class homes. Go up the tower to get a good view over the area, and the tour will tell you about how not only did the different tribes have to live in... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We booked a lady guide who lives in Soweto to take us around and i have to say it was great. had been to South Africa twice before but had not gone to Soweto and was so glad that this time I did. its full of history and is not to be missed.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Soweto is a MUST when going to Johannesburg.. It was amazingly clean and safe. We walked around, without any problems. People were very friendly and accommodating. The 'Shebeen' luncheons are good, but very tourist wise. The Mandela House Museum is a rip-off. Rather go to the Hector Peterson Memorial Museum. All in all: Soweto is well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

To see the way people live, the poor and the very rich. To see where Mandela lived and so too Desmond Tu Tu. The food was very special too and the history very sad and interesting

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Naarden, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Soweto is changing rappidly and this visit is one of the mayor 'attractions' of Johannesburg. The new South Africa with still very poor and desolate area's, but also nice restaurants on the street.

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