Soweto, the most famous of South Africa's former "black townships", is an acronym for SOuth WEstern TOwnships. Today it is seen as part of greater Johannesburg as both cities have expanded to meet and envelop each other.
It is a place of past and present suffering as well as of remarkable pride and achievements. Residents vary from the extremely poor living in shanty areas to the very wealthy. Most Sowetans are working-class families who struggle to make ends meet.
Soweto is an incredible melting pot of cultures with all of the black ethnic groups in South Africa represented as well as a healthy mix of people from other African countries. This includes large numbers of (mostly illegal) immigrants from East and West Africa in search of hope and opportunity.
The area's residents played a major role in the struggle against the previous Apartheid regime. Historic places visited on the tour include Freedom Square, the Regina Mundi Church, the houses of Pres. Mandela and Bishop Tutu as well as the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.
R795 per person
Duration: 1 days
Tour Type: City & day tours
Transport: Luxury sedan, minibus or 44-seater luxury coach
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-10 max-40
Languages (guides): English
Other languages on request as a private tour.
Countries: South Africa
Highlights: Soweto , Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum , Vilakazi Street , Regina Mundi Church .
Starting dates: Mon to Fri. Tour members are collected from Airport hotels (±07:30), Sandton hotels (08:30), Rosebank hotels (08:45). Collection times may vary subject to collection route, but will be prearranged with you.
Available starting dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum in Soweto, South Africa, commemorates the youth uprising of 16 June 1976. The Black Consciousness Movement of Steve Biko stimulated huge resentment against the oppression of black people under apartheid. The police responded with sharp ammunition. Hector Pietersen was the first of a large number of learners to be killed on that day.more about Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum
Vilakazi Street in Soweto, South Africa, is the only street in the world that boasts two Nobel peace prize laureates to have lived in the same street. The house of former president Mandela has since been converted into a museum. Bishop Tutu still owns his house and occasionally uses it.more about Vilakazi Street
The Regina Mundi Church in Soweto is one of the major symbols of the struggle against apartheid in the “old” South Africa. The church that can accommodate up to 7000 people was a venue for meetings aimed at encouraging the residents of Soweto to oppose the apartheid regime.more about Regina Mundi Church