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Soweto
An acronym for South Western Townships, Soweto was dubbed as such in 1963. The area began in the late 19th century as a temporary neighborhood for gold mine workers, then later became a black Johannesburg ghetto with forced apartheid settlement. In 1976, Soweto garnered international headlines with its deadly uprising against Afrikaans-only language education. The Mandela Family Museum and the recently restored Credo Mutwa Village (with its Zulu and Sotho homesteads) are two can't-miss sights.

All things to do » Things to do

Hector Pieterson Museum
Hector Pieterson Museum
This tragic museum, opened in 2002, honors the Sowetan schoolchildren slain in a police massacre in 1976.
Attraction type: History Museums
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Hector Pieterson Memorial
Hector Pieterson Memorial
Owner description: The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside, is a chilling reminder that South African was... more Owner description: The 1976 photograph of slain thirteen-year old Hector Pieterson, carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside, is a chilling reminder that South African was changed thereafter. less
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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Vilakazi Street
Vilakazi Street
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Regina Mundi
Regina Mundi
Attraction type: Religious Sites; Historic Sites
Credo Mutwa Cultural Village
Credo Mutwa Cultural Village
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Sakhumzi
Sakhumzi
Ranked #1 of 25 Restaurants in Soweto
Cuisines: African
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Chez Alina
Chez Alina
Ranked #2 of 25 Restaurants in Soweto
Cuisines: Barbecue
Wandies Place
Wandies Place
Ranked #3 of 25 Restaurants in Soweto
Dining options: Reservations
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Robby's Place
Ranked #4 of 25 Restaurants in Soweto
Cuisines: Bistro
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Primi soweto
Ranked #5 of 25 Restaurants in Soweto

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Naledi Backpackers
Naledi Backpackers
$12 (ZAR 145)

Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

StayEasy Eastgate
2.0 of 5
StayEasy Eastgate
$30 - $500
Ranked #19 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
Protea Hotel Wanderers
4.0 of 5
Protea Hotel Wanderers
$76 - $158
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Illovo
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Town Lodge Roodepoort
2.0 of 5
Town Lodge Roodepoort
$71 - $84 (ZAR 858 - 1,015)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Roodepoort
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Valverde Country Hotel
3.0 of 5 Valverde Country Hotel
$57 - $93 (EUR 53 - 86)
Ranked #5 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments
4.0 of 5
Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel Apartments
$56 - $101
Ranked #11 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Residence Boutique Hotel
5.0 of 5
The Residence Boutique Hotel
$222 - $409
Ranked #1 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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Monarch Hotel
5.0 of 5
Monarch Hotel
$186 - $279
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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The Peech Hotel
4.0 of 5
The Peech Hotel
$165 - $224
Ranked #3 of 70 Hotels in Johannesburg
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.