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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
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Type: Historic Sites
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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Go to the Mandela house and the Hector Pieterson museum. Both very interesting. We had a driver from the hotel who drove us around and told us about Soweto. You can also get there on a hop-on-hop-off bus extension.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went as part of a tour, which is ideal. It made my trip. A must visit. Be sure to do more than the Mandela House.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Particularly for those who are used to the Western lifestyle the experience in Soweto will blow your socks off. Raw Africa of the past and present can be seen from the informal butcheries to the biggest hospital in Africa. From shebeens (informal bars) to spaza shops to sangoma traditional doctors, wild Africa experienced in the 3 million plus residents of... More

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NW England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is a must see. If you feel intimidated, get yourself a good guide or driver who knows where to go and what to see. A real eye-opener.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I went on the optional Soweto tour with the hop on/hop off bus, and did the further optional walking tour guided by a local man. Fascinating to learn of the history, diversity and development of Soweto. The exhibition at the Hector Pietersen memorial is particularly moving. It was interesting to visit Nelson Mandela's house.

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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Soweto reflects the destruction of the ghettos, the shanty towns, and efforts to build government housing while under apartheid. This is the social environment in which many South Africans grew up and moved toward "middle class" and professional roles. Bishop Desmond Tutu's house is down the street from Mandela's family home. An educational experience which residents are quite proud of.

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South Africa,Johannesburg
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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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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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