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“Visit to Madiba's Soweto home”
Review of Vilakazi Street

Vilakazi Street
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Half-Day Tour of Soweto from Johannesburg
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Soweto
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

When we visited Johannesburg in 2004, my daughter Ananya arranged a visit for the two of us (me and my wife Aruna) to Soweto. Soweto is a township in the northern suburbs of Joburg and used to be mostly inhabited by native South Africans. We took an elaborate tour of Soweto, visited shanties and were introduced to their inmates. We could have an intimate look at their lifestyle, for which we are grateful to them.
But what impressed us most was Nelson Mandela's house on Vilakazi Street. It was modest and was maintained meticulously with all Madiba's belongings intact. Our guide informed us that Vilakazi Street was the only road in the world to house two Nobel Laureates. The other one is Desmond Tutu.
I am told that today there stands two metal bulls at the starting point of Vilakazi Street - an emblem of the proud sons of the soil.
`Nelson Mandela may be gone but he will live on in the hearts of all of us, especially of those who reside in Soweto. Viva Madiba!
Subir Majumdar, Calcutta

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

You can walk from Tutu's nouse to Mandela's house, and along the way be sure to talk with local artists to get a true feel for the area. Mandela's house is small and there isn't much to see, but there are student volunteers inside and it's worth while spending time listening to them.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Vilakazi Street was a complete surprise, yep - trendy, vibey and laughter everywhere with a very relaxed atmosphere. Street vendors on the sides of the road selling African art and hand crafts, foreign visitors doing a bicycle tour, Nelson Mandela's childhood home on the same street - all just too nice. Not much parking available but it's a such a tight knit suburb people park their vehicles in side roads and just stroll around or have a meal and drinks in one of the local restaurants. Will definitely visit again and will definitely take family and friends to experience the vibe for themselves.

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Our team visited Vilakazi Street as part of a business management course. Vilakazi Street (and the other memorials we visited in the immediate vicinity) tells a horrific story. What is surprising is that, despite this horrid history, people (in the area) appear to have moved on and seem to embrace you and welcome you into their worlds to share with you their culture. This experience is highly recommended. The food was great and even the local beer experience was memorable.

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

from the car guards to the restaurant owner, this is what Josi is about. The car guard squeezed me into a street parking and insisted on using his body as a shield from the car in front and back. Made a booking at Restaurant Vilakazi, and although i drove up and down the street, i could not find it. Although the GPS was of no help, friendly car guards attempted to assist. We drove past Nexdor (restaurant and bar) and the vibe looked inviting, so we went there instead. The menu still was still a bit young, although the drink menu made up 80%. The chicken livers and lamb that we ordered was good. The street was still lively at 11pm.

Thank Ugen M G
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