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“Vibes all over...”
Review of Vilakazi Street

Vilakazi Street
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Soweto Day Tour from Johannesburg
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Half-Day Tour of Soweto from Johannesburg
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Soweto
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Vibes all over...”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

A real gem. You will miss out if you do not experience this piece of culture. From Mandela House to restaurants...all there. Service extremely slow at the restaurants but at least the beers are cold.not to fond of the street entertainers...although most of them are good I personally do not want to be bothered for donations while eating or chatting to my friends.

Visited July 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“tight spot”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

it was a quick trip in and out of Johannesburg for a friend, and so Vilakazi Street in Soweto seemed a fitting end to a dash. Heading there, we had the services of a local resident who gave us a driving tour, as time was not permitting us...
Vilakazi Street is famous for being the only street where two nobel prize winners lived. Virtually across the street from each other. Now a trendy tourist and local hangout with fancy restaurants frequented by upper end locals and tourists. The actual road is narrow with cars parked on the street, making driving impossible for two way traffic. If a bus happens to roll down the street, you'd better give way.
On the up side though, it is a safe,well maintained residential road with lots of attractions for the pedestrians. A Mandela home museum, ad-hoc crafts market and souvenirs for the occasion are all available.
A good historical venue.
while in Soweto, one can also see the football stadiums used during the 2010 world cup, the southern hemispheres largest hospital, the touristy smoke stacks- colorfully painted and used for bungee jumping etc.
one needs at least 2 hours to get the full value of this huge city.

Visited July 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Historical gem”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

This place holds so much of SA's history. The Mandela house and everything in it means a great deal to the people. After losing Madiba, preserving this historical location bullet holes and all has become even more sacred in memory of ubaba wethu. It's a privilege to have walked in his house.

Visited December 2013
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Weston, Florida
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“2 Nobel Prize Winners lived on this street”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

The homes of Nelson Mandela (open to the public and very interesting) and Bishop Desmond Tutu are located on Vilakazi Street in Soweto making this the only street with such a distinction. While some in our group had concerns, the area seemed totally safe and allowed us to focus on Nelson Mandela's house.

Visited September 2013
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Durban, South Africa
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“Interesting Walk”
Reviewed May 21, 2014

A lot of history on this street. There is a lot of activity and its a happy place. Some of the locals try to take advantage of the tourists and beg for money but they don't harass you and leave you alone after a short while.

Visited March 2014
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