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Vilakazi Street

Soweto, South Africa
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Ranked #7 of 15 Attractions in Soweto
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Weston, Florida
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310 reviews 310 reviews
109 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The homes of Nelson Mandela (open to the public and very interesting) and Bishop Desmond Tutu are located on Vilakazi Street in Soweto making this the only street with such a distinction. While some in our group had concerns, the area seemed totally safe and allowed us to focus on Nelson Mandela's house.

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Durban, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

A lot of history on this street. There is a lot of activity and its a happy place. Some of the locals try to take advantage of the tourists and beg for money but they don't harass you and leave you alone after a short while.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We had a guide by the name of Poloko. He did the memorial tour with us and we also did a walking tour of vilakazi Street precinct (this includes the Mandela House and Tutu residence). We finished off our tour at Sakhumzi Restaurant for a late lunch. The Mandela house is great and has been restored. The Tutu residence cannot... More

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Soweto, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Vilakazi street is vibrant and lively.A good place to spent an afternoon or an evening.One cannot underestimate Vilakazi street it is an all season place.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

If you love the history of this big guy, this is a good place to start with. If you come from a well gated community, you might feel uncomfortable when you arrive in this area; you might be little bit feels unsafe. You can see some stores are well equipped with steel iron fences/doors and so many local people asking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I loved it, was there for an afternoon treat. The walk down vilakazi street takes you back and informative too.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Some interesting history from well versed tour guides, but I couldn't help feeling that they had lost the feel of the house - it is now so redeveloped/surrounded by pictures and other buildings for tourist purposes, it loses it's reality (which is surely the point - it is hard to picture anyone living there).

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Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

This is the main street through Soweto. It also is the location of Nelson Mandela's home (open to the public) and that of Desmond Tutu. Having a local resident serve as one's guide adds additional dimensions to visiting the township. Soweto is a township success story (and something of a tourist trap), while the townships near Cape Town are still... More

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West Sussex
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94 reviews 94 reviews
21 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Mixed feelings after visiting Vilakazi Street. There is a good vibe to the Street that is littered with restaurants and street vendors who are all very friendly. Nelson Mandela's house contains literature that is predominantly to do with Winnie Mandela so do not expect to see lots of his letters or pictures. You pay an entrance fee to see a... More

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Lancaster, California
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16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

This street was a major attraction as it is the only street to have two Nobel Peace Prize winners live there, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. We enjoyed taking in the sights and strolling down the street seeing their homes and the Mandela Family Restaurant. There were other restaurants, a car wash with the most expensive cars and vendors with... More

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