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South Western Townships

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Address: Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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SOWETO is a very beautiful place. You'd be right in the midst of history. Youth memorial museum is a great place to start followed by Mandela House with the Tutu residence within... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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New York, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Soweto (South Western Township) is not the most desirable neighborhood of Johannesburg. There are some nice sights to see and worth a visit. Many areas of Soweto resemble the slums of Mumbai or Rio de Janeiro. While we were not super impressed, I would recommend going if you have not visited any developing nation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

SOWETO is a very beautiful place. You'd be right in the midst of history. Youth memorial museum is a great place to start followed by Mandela House with the Tutu residence within distance. A braai (bbq) at the bottom of Vilakazi street compliments the whole experience. Beautiful people, nice music, and with a R50 entrance fee you wheel in your... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We took a half day guided tour of Soweto which comprised a small bus tour with guided commentary and stops at key points. Including nelson Mandelas final Residence , the nelson Mandela house, the site where the constitution was signed and the site of the student protests/hector Peterson museum. Our guide (Minkie) was very knowledgeable and the tour was comprehensive... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After a very moving tour of the Apartheid museum, I headed for Soweto, where Nelson Mandela once lived, hoping for more glimpses into the apartheid struggle. it turned out to be a disappointment, though with not much to read, see or do at Mandela's old house. We drove through the township and it was as photgraphs I had seen showed... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a tour thru one of the hotels in Johannesburg where we were collected. It was interesting to drive thru the suburbs of Soweto as they were so vastly different. I had thought that all the houses would be shacks made of bits of tin scavenged and was mighty surprised that altho this was the case in some instances,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We toured Soweto as part of a full day tour with MoAfrika tour guides that included a visit to the Apartheid museum. We had initial reservations about doing the tour but felt it important to get a feeling for how South Africans live. The tour initially visited the rich part of Soweto and the millionaire houses. It then went on... More 

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Colts Neck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our group toured this historical and world known area. To understand the history and culture of South Africa you have to see and feel this special space. To see where is has changed and at the same time see how far is has to still come is incredible. The residents, their warmth and friendliness gives you hope that one day... More 

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Izmir, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Till I came to South Africa, I did not know what Township is. I visited Townships both in Cape Town and Johannesburg. These must be guided tours. It is an interesting experience and a reason to thank for the things we have. Man kind must do better...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

We went with Lebo hostel which offers cycling tours or tours by tuk tuk of Soweto It is a must must must see tour We did the tuk tuk and saw and learned so much! Our guides were fantastic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

This is one amazing place, come see it for yourself and not believe what the media always say how bad this place is. Good to have a guide when touring this area, you will better understand why some houses are so modern and some still with tin roof.

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