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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Soweto twice, with different traveling companions, and the impact of the place is still powerful. There is inspiration to be found in places like the Nelson Mandela House (which I have reviewed separately). And, lest we forget, there are reminders of the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You can read about the history of South Africa and how blacks were relegated to live in “matchbox houses”, but until you see that these still exist today, you can’t really appreciate the impact of apartheid

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

On our Globus tour, we had a guide, Life, from Soweto, join our group for the tour of his township. As a tourist, seeing Soweto and being given the history of Soweto, opened my eyes to the history of Johannesburg. I was appalled by how...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 9, 2019 via mobile

Well worth a visit. Places the history of Sth Africa in context. The period of Apartheid and Mandela come alive with a visit here. We went with a tour guide - Adventure While Young - who had a guide who lived in Soweto and was...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 1, 2019 via mobile

Visiting SoWeTo is worth it as one gets a better idea of the transition of the whole township over decades. On one side there are premature settlements and on other side there are nice beautiful houses owned by locals who have prospered over time.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

A visit to Soweto is crucial in understanding the history of South Africa.It's just important to remember to be respectful that these are people's homes.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019

This was an excellent private tour stopping at many of the highlighted sites in Soweto. Go on the Red bus tour or a private guide.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2019

The one thing that hits you when you visit any of the townships is the bareness of the accomodation, small tim huts with no facilities, so much so that they wouldn't be considered for human inhabitation in the UK.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 18, 2019

To some, Soweto is a scary place, but there's no place to get a better feel for what Apartheid is/was, particularly in the shanty town. But, don't go alone. Hire a guide who knows the people and the area so you can walk/ride comfortably through...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 13, 2019

Learned what Soweto was all about and what happened to bring the World’s attention to the problems of Apartheid in Johannesburg.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Vilma N
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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36hollycroft
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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