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“A very interesting part of S A's history”

South Western Townships
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Johannesburg Tour: Cycle Soweto with a Local Guide
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$66.62*
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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour
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$91.83*
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Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour
Ranked #4 of 183 things to do in Johannesburg
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

We not only toured SOWETO yet had lunch there. A special experience to see so many nice houses where we had lunch, then the parts with shacks and no water, sewage, etc.

Thank ted p
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

It was coincidental that we had a tour planned for the day after he died - which makes this visit and tour unforgettable. Otherwise it would have been a bit stale...

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed in Soweto for 4 days and did a cycle tour, visited Nelson Mandela's House, Vilakazi Street, Hector Pieterson Square and Museum. We found it to be a very friendly place and quite safe to walk around Orlando West.

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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We did an afternoon tour of Soweto with a fantastic knowledgeable guide (unfortunately forget his name). We started off at the wealthy end of the town in what looks to be a lovely neighbourhood where Nelson Mandela's (RIP) current home is also situated. We then proceeded further to the area where Winnie Mandela still lives and then onto Nelson Mandela's original home (where he lived with his first wife), across the road from where Bishop Tutu still lives. After quick tour of the old house - which by the way has student volunteers who do guided tours of the house and Madiba's 'story', they were good but lacked enthusiasm or passion imo! - we proceed to the townships. We also went to the Hector Pieterson museum, which will make most people emotional.
Whereas, so far, we were looking at clean streets, well dressed folk and brick houses, the townships were a different world altogether. Millions live in tin huts, running water to the huts is from the communal taps dotted around the area, there were rows of portable toilets. This is not the case solely in Joburg, we saw several similar in Cape Town also.
It is quite disgraceful that series of governments have still not provided appropriate accommodation for its citizens who live in such poverty while the President and ministers build multimillion pound homes for themselves.
The tour is an important part of the history of South Africa, it is where is all ended and where it all started. Some of the low ratings on here are quite silly and inappropriate - the tour is good its people's tour guides who had clearly been useless.

Thank Nush7
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Your life will never be the same after making a visit here. Your perspective on life and trivial complaints will not matter and you'll have a much greater appreciation for the privileges you've been afforded in life. If you are in Joburg you must make a visit.

Thank Stefan P
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