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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone Number: 0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
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$119*
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Private Tour: Cultural Soweto Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria
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$163*
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Private Johannesburg Full Day Tour Including a Visit to the Lion Park

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An interesting visit..

I was in two minds after I visited Soweto, which I think suffers from a bit of tourist media hype because it wasn't at all that bad. It certainly wasn't "that" poor with some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was in two minds after I visited Soweto, which I think suffers from a bit of tourist media hype because it wasn't at all that bad. It certainly wasn't "that" poor with some "shed's" that had a sky tv dish! ..but nevertheless it was still good for a half day tour which I did in conjunction with the City... More 

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Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Soweto is a diverse neighbourhood with a storied past. Home to both the upper middle class and desperately poor and everyone in between, Soweto is becoming a well organized destination for extreme sports - bungee jumping off the Orlando Tower - and cutural/apartheid history, but is not a neighbourhood that independent travellers should attempt solo. There is no public transportation... More 

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From Vilakazi to the power plant to Tutu's residence and Regina Mundi Church. Soweto is full of history it was sobering experience going around and have the lovely people recite history.

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Somerset, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Didn't know what to expect since all we see of Soweto is apartheid era shanty town. Now it's a great middle-class community, nice houses and Vilakazi Street is great for entertainment and food.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited Vilakazi street (specifically Mandela's House) with family and friends with a walkabout through all the vendor stalls and later some refreshing drinks in the local watering hole!

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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

When visiting Soweto, do not miss the Mandela House and the Hector Pieterson Memorial. Also pay attention to the street art.

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Rehovot, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're in Johannesburg and have a little extra time to spare (a few hours will do), it's worth doing a tour of Soweto, home to some 4 and a half million inhabitants. Such a tour will typically first take you to the prison where Nelson and Winnie Mandela were kept and to the Apartheid Museum (either and/or both of... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Soweto is a great place to visit and it has beautiful history to tell, but one need to have a knowledgeable guide to get that amazing experience.The people are also kind and friendly to visitors, African food out of this word, i really recommend the visit there.

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Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shocking, sad, inspiring and heart warming all at once. A must see. Gives Westerners a sobering experience.

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Soweto with a private guided tour. It was a very interesting half day. We drove inside the different area of Soweto, from the richer to the pourer, understanding today situation and historical moment and traditions. Place of special interest: Nelson Mandela's museum (where there are volunteer guides), Hector Pieterson's museum, Regina Mundi church. I strongly recommend this visit.

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