Vilakazi Street
Vilakazi Street
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Magatho M
Maldives67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
Excellent Lunch at 1947

We ate at 1947 restaurant. The food was great and the wine selection was as good as anywhere

The service was exceptional. They have a great sommelier, Skhue, who even corrected the error on our bill when we over paid. I am not sure I have ever experienced that.
Written January 9, 2022
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BeckyFjellandBrooks
Good Thunder, MN66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
The impact of all the history in this place is almost overwhelming. Everyone with a heart needs to have an understanding of the sacrifice these people made for freedom and opportunity of every citizen.
Written August 13, 2014
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VisagieL
Mossel Bay, South Africa322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
Being a 40-year old white South African with remnant indoctrinations via propagandist media, I had some reservations about safety while visiting attractions in Soweto. And couldn't have been more wrong.

Vilakazi Street contained some of the highlights of a tour to Soweto with my English husband. From the Hector Pieterson museum commemorating the events leading to the '76 Soweto uprising, to visiting Madiba's old home he shared with Winnie Mandela, to driving past Desmond Tutu's home, to awesome crafts and curios by the roadside, to a vibrant and trendy bar and restaurant scene at night ... all I can say is: wow. Go.

We stayed in a B&B just off Vilakazi Street and found it perfectly safe to simply walk to the restaurant at night. People were friendly and proud of the "Beverly Hills of Soweto". Food was great and the ambience lively.
Written November 13, 2015
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Eliza E
San Francisco, CA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Friends
Please do not pay a tour company to bring you here. You should not be afraid of Soweto. Drive yourself here (or take public transport), it is very touristy and many people around, very safe. A good starting place for visiting Soweto, but please get out and go see other areas, as well.
Written December 7, 2015
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Brett S
Melbourne, Australia352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
This street was home to both Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu so it is I think the only place in the world where 2 nobel prize winners have lived so close?

You can visit Nelson Mandela's old house, and there are a few famous restaurants in the street too. Often there are street performers, including the "gumboot dancers" and young men dressed as zulu warriors.
Written March 14, 2017
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Piet U
Johannesburg, South Africa322 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
A must see for all tourists, walk up and down the street, stop for lunch or a drink at many of the establishments there , and see Mandela and Tutu's houses
Written February 5, 2013
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,812 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
This historical street was a hotbed of political activity; Nelson Mandela lived on this street in a modest home that is now a museum. Bishop Desmond Tutu, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner still calls Vilakzi Street home.

During our visit to Soweto, my wife and I spent a significant amount of time on and around Vilakazi Street. In addition to the homes of the two Nobel Peace Prize winners, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum are nearby and the popular restaurant, Sakhumzi is a vibrant center of Vilakazi Street at lunch time.

However, it was nice to just sit back and take in the sights of the actual residents of the neighborhood living their lives; the business owners conducting business, the vendors selling their wares and children returning home from school in their uniforms.

This street is a testament to the progress that has been made in Soweto post apartheid. Far from the fulfillment of all of the hopes and dreams of the iconic leaders, but still a forward looking attitude that is instilled in so many of the residents that we met.
Written December 6, 2016
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InTransit07
Washington DC, DC28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Located in Soweto, Vilakazi Street is full of rich South African liberation history. One gets to see the Mandela home and museum, the Tutu home and many other struggle icons.
Written October 26, 2016
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mosibudishibu
Pretoria, South Africa68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
One cannot live a full life without visiting this place...the history of SA - from the Mandela's family history to the Tutu's family home, the amazing market, art, music & the friendly community of Orlando west...no wonder people from around the world flock in numbers to this destination...!
Written October 3, 2016
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Iamsamiahmad
Bengaluru, India71 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Business
This is one of the places you must go, if you relate to historical events apartheid in South Africa. This is where it all began for Nelson Mandela and his first wife Winnie. The street is quiet tidy and bustling with locals trying to make quick bucks. Although, the house is very small but has plenty of stories to offer. The bullet holes can still be located on the external walls, although most of them are filled already. The Nobel peace prize isn't here and guides (volunteers/students) do not have much idea about it. There are guides for every visitor to be escorted across the house and they are very quick. Never mind, to take your own time to go through.
Written September 25, 2015
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