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Reviewed 2 days ago

I suggest seeing Soweto with a guided tour rather that on the hop on hop off bus. With a tour you will get a much more comprehensive understanding of life in Soweto. You will meet people that call this Home and hear straight from them...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ed M
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a great experience, particularly Vilakazi Steet where both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela lived. Check out the Hector Pieterson memorial also while you're there.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LevisTravels
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I work in Soweto, so that is where I spend my days. It is a beautiful township with nice restaurants.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mmaswiswi
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Take the Red Bus tour of the southwestern townships send you will not be sorry. It's a great experience. If you're in the area for a few days come back in your car and spend more time.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

But still very amiable and a must see at Jo'burg. We did not feel any threat or uncomfortable walking the streets and recommend walking (with an umbrella against the sun)

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jacologne
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here with work and to see the township and shops no different now than 50 years ago and it will still be the same in another 50 years, people move out and up a little and more come so never alters

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Shirley C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We travelled here in December 2017 via hop-on-hop-off bus. It was a brilliant tour and we enjoyed seeing Soweto. I grew up listening to songs aboutvsoweto and hearing stories about it. We were not encouraged to get off the bus but the tour went around...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank house_of_lyric
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Soweto is a well-known part of Johannesburg that is a must visit to any visitor of to this city. Although many guides insist on taking you to the dirtiest and most impoverished areas – please know there is more to it than that. The shanties...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NJM0Mof1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was a nice day spent learning more about the history and visiting the sites. In USA Soweto still is thought of as it was in the 70s and it's most certainly not. It's a developing area with a broad spectrum of income gradients. While we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TASunde
Reviewed December 14, 2018

Soweto is a must see for any traveller to Johannesburg (you´ve come this far...), but I recommend joining a tour. I am not sure that it would be safe otherwise, given the shanty town areas interwoven throughout. Plus if you take a tour, you get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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January 7, 2018|
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Response from Conqueror17 | Reviewed this property |
I stayed at this hotel in October and took the hop on hop off bus city tour with Soweto extension. The hotel will take you to the nearest stop at Constitution Hill if you ask. The staff are very helpful. I don't know about... More
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November 13, 2016|
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Response from Veritas-2146 | Reviewed this property |
I would not recommend to visit Soweto. Is a shame to show this to tourists . Just go to your city and look for the poor people quarters. Go to the museum to visit the discovery of the Homo Naledi. Very interesting for kids... More
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June 11, 2016|
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Response from VisagieL | Reviewed this property |
I can highly recommend Ntombi, who runs Usizo Lwenkosi Tours (see my review on her TripAdvisor page). She lives in Soweto and therefore knows where and where not to go - don't let fearmongers put you off! This is a place... More
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