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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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Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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Johannesburg
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Many myths of Soweto were undone and there was so much to learn and experience that have made me better informed.

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I booked this trip through the hotel I was staying and thoroughly enjoyed whole experience. Due to various reasons we could only do a 4 hour version of the tour however visiting Mandela's house and walking through Soweto are experiences I will never forget. I found the tour quite a humbling experience at times.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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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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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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4 attraction reviews
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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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