My husband & I are doing our 2 1/2 week dream trip to South Africa in a few months...we are so excited! Other people who have been to Jo-Burg & a friend who did a medical school volunteer rotation in Jo-Burg for the summer have advised us against staying in Soweto due to safety concerns & recommend Sandton & Rosebank instead. We only have 2 nights in Jo-Burg (spending the rest of our trip in Cape Town & on a private reserve in Sabi Sands) and I really want to stay at the Soweto Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Soweto) b/c all the sights we want to see are in the area - Apartheid Museum, township tour, Hector Pieterson museum, Wandie's, etc. We feel it would be a good cultural experience & that's really all we're interested in.
Would there be any reasons not to stay in Soweto? The hotel seems really nice, and we figure we could just call cabs to take us around if we need to go out at night. We are safety-minded & use common sense when in a new place, but not paranoid about it, as we have travelled to Thailand, Cambodia, all over Central America, Peru and felt as safe, if not safer, than some parts of the US. Any input would be much appreciated!