We booked a full day tour with Ntombi at Usizo Lwenkosi Soweto Tours. The booking went smoothly. We wanted very much to do a private walking tour with just my wife and I as we wanted to be able to readily interact with local people and have a flexible itinerary. Our guide was King who we had read good things about. He met us promptly at our hotel at 9am. We didn't have a car so all our transport was on local taxi vans (mini bus) - this took us a little by surprise at first but for us was quite a highlight. We got to Soweto around 10am - King guided us around Orlando East (his area) and we were able to see to see how people lived in various accommodations and the history of the area. We felt very comfortable there and people were very friendly and keen for us to understand their situation and simply talk to us. We then went to Orlando West which is a better part of Soweto. Here we saw the Hector Pieterson museum which is very good - allow an hour there however. We then went to Vilikazi Street which is famous for Nelson Mandela's house as well as Bishop Tutu's - there was very good street entertainment and local restaurants, but a bit too touristy for us. After this we caught a taxi bus to the Apartheid Museum and spent an hour here - you really need to spend an afternoon here if you are interested in the history - very impressive. We then returned to our hotel via taxi bus after a very good day getting to know the local people. King was a good guide and equally interested in learning from us as we were in learning from him. He appreciated the respect and interest that we showed and the more engaged you are the more you will get in return.
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