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Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

1. Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour

Johannesburg, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum are the perfect destinations for learning about the City of Gold. Start the day by visiting key landmarks in Johannesburg city, starting with Constitutional Hill where you will learn about apartheid prisoners. Then, head deep into the city, driving through the tall buildings, most of them built during the gold rush period. The next stop will be Top of Africa where you can see the city from above and take photos. The Apartheid Museum tour is the next stop as you dig deeper into the dark apartheid history of South Africa. This will be a 3-hour tour of the museum before heading into Soweto township. On arrival, you visit Mandela House Museum and get a 30-minute guided tour into his former house before he was sent to prison. The Hector Pieterson Museum will give you some inspiration on the language resistance uprising of 1976. Next, will be a quick drive to the Regina Mundi Church to discover the importance during the apartheid era. Finally, drive by Orlando Towers and the World Cup Stadium to finish the tour.

Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

2. Soweto: Guided Bicycle Tour with Lunch

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore the urban complex of Soweto on a bicycle. Get to experience the township like a local. Get a glimpse of Hector Pietersen Museum, Mandela House and Tutu House. Start your cycling tour in Killarney, an up-and-coming tourist destination in Soweto. Learn how this township was created in 1904 and share the history of these neighborhoods. Ride to Mzimhlophe and visit Mzimhlophe Women's hostel. Continue to Mama Lilian Ngoyi's house, an anti-apartheid activist. Cycle to Hector Pietersen Museum where the Soweto uprising transpired which was one of the turning points of apartheid. This tour will get you closer to all the highlights of Soweto. See the Mandela House, where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. Imbibe a slice of authentic history on the world's most famous former prisoner. Then, pass by Tutu House on Vilakazi Street, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his family once resided. Talk about the Nobel Laureate's contribution to apartheid's downfall in South Africa. Give your feet a break by stopping for lunch. Taste South African sandwiches called kota before cycling back to the starting point.

Johannesburg : City Centre Walking Tour

3. Johannesburg : City Centre Walking Tour

Walkthrough Johannesburg and feel the hustle and bustle of the people, lifestyle and culture of the city. Visit Nelson Mandela's Law firm and get a 360 degree view of the city at the Top of Africa, in the Carlton Centre. Start at Museum Africa, in Newtown, then move on to the Workers Museum, the last surviving municipal compound for African men in Johannesburg. Continue to Chancellor House, where Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo set up South Africa’s first black-owned law firm. Go to Main Street, which has some of the best old buildings in the city. Main Street will lead you to Gandhi Square, a busy urban hub of commercial and retail activity. From there, move on to the Top of Africa, inside the tallest skyscraper on the continent. After Carlton, take local transport to Maboneng, an arts neighborhood, for a Braii lunch (vegan, vegetarian friendly).

Soweto: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch

4. Soweto: Guided Walking Tour With Lunch

Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an impact in each and everyone of them and how Soweto has changed today. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch of Kota (Local burger) or Braii (Barbecue).

Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

5. Johannesburg: Soweto Tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg or Pretoria, listen to a quick pre-departure tour briefing from your guide before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto, pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. Next, set off for the neighborhood of Orlando West and visit Vilakazi Street. Drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Take the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on the 16th June 1976. On that tragic day, an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. Then, pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Africa’s residence. Visits inside the museum are optional at an extra cost per person that is payable on arrival. Continue the Soweto tour by driving into one of the shanty towns, where you get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly facets of Soweto include extreme poverty and wealth. Drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end the tour with a view of the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Joburg/Soweto & Gold Reef City Full Day Tour

6. Joburg/Soweto & Gold Reef City Full Day Tour

The Gold Reef City theme park in Johannesburg has some of South Africa’s fastest, biggest, most twisting and turning thrill rides. There is an abundance of adventures to be had at Gold Reef City. Join the young at heart and test-drive any of the more than thirty thrilling rides at this theme park. Whether you want family friendly, kids rides, or the biggest adrenaline rush, there is a ride for everyone at Gold Reef City. Then, descend into the depth of the earth and discover the riches of South Africa's history. Experience the heart stopping feeling of travelling deep below the surface. Go on a drive through Johannesburg City and Soweto, passing through Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital the third largest hospital in the world, proceeding to the famous Vilakazi. Vilakazi Street is the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former present, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who still resides there with his wife Leah. The street also has a a few museums – The Mandela House Museum and The Hector Peterson Museum.

Johannesburg and Soweto Night Tour

7. Johannesburg and Soweto Night Tour

Discover the city center of Johannesburg with its geometrical designs and high skyscrapers. Drive past the historic buildings of downtown and experience a view of the cities nightlife. Stop at Maboneng Precinct, the coolest neighborhood in Johannesburg. With a mix of restaurants, coffee shops, clothing boutiques, art galleries, and retail and studio spaces, the precinct draws the inner-city public as well as the chic, art-going crowd of the city’s suburbs. Explore the well-known attraction sites such as the Mandela House Museum, Soccer City stadium (FNB Stadium), the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Orlando towers. Stop for a brewery tour in a local beer and lager garden where you will get a chance to taste South African brewed beers. End your evening dining in the famous Vilakazi street at a well-known local restaurant for a traditional meal, followed by a drop-off back at the hotel.

Johannesburg: Walking Tour of Hillbrow

8. Johannesburg: Walking Tour of Hillbrow

Get under the skin of this fascinating district with an expert guide who grew up in the area. Hear stories from the area's history, and learn about the personal experiences of your guide. Immerse yourself in a diverse neighborhood full of culture and history. Learn how a residential suburb became one of the most cosmopolitan places in South Africa. Hear how the area was a magnet for people from all over the world in the gold rush and the subsequent waves of migration from across the continent. Hear captivating stories from your guide, and then hit the streets to meet the locals. Visit landmarks like the Windybrow Art Center, the iconic Ponte Tower and Telkom Tower, as you experience firsthand this diverse and fascinating district.

Johannesburg: Soweto Apartheid & Township Tour with Lunch

9. Johannesburg: Soweto Apartheid & Township Tour with Lunch

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick tour briefing before you depart for Soweto (South Western Township). Explore the good, the bad, and the ugly facets of this area. On the way to Soweto you will pass the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup.  Enter the Diepkloof area, where you will walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you will visit Vilakazi Street to drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on June 16th 1976, which kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During the tour, you will pass Mandela House. A visit to the museum is optional. The tour continues with a drive to one of the shanty towns, where you will have the chance to interact with some of the locals. Then drive past the Soweto Campus of Johannesburg University and see the view of the largest hospital in the world, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After lunch in Soweto you will visit the world famous Apartheid Museum. Here you will learn about the history of apartheid and the South African liberation struggle.

Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

10. Johannesburg: Maboneng Walking Tour

Discover the creative eastern side of inner Johannesburg on this 2-hour walking tour of the city. Maboneng, a Sotho word meaning place of light, is a fitting name for this district thanks to its reputation as Johannesburg’s creative hub. Meet your tour guide outside the Curiocity Backpackers hostel before setting off on the walk through the precinct. The first stop is The Cosmopolitan, one of the most elegant heritage buildings in downtown Johannesburg. Built in 1899, it was opened as a hotel and bar in 1902. Next, venture over to the Drivelines Development, a new urban development that uses upcycled shipping containers as affordable housing. From here you’ll walk over to Agog, the latest addition to Mabongeng’s burgeoning art scene.  Shop at the Kwa Mai-Mai Traditional Healers Market, said to be one of the oldest in the city. Here you’ll encounter Sangomas (traditional healers) and medicines as well as traditional clothing. Round off your shopping spree at The Collectors Treasure, the largest second-hand bookstore in the southern hemisphere. Finish off the tour with a walk through Doornfontein’s an open-air museum and surrounding cultural hotspots.

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 101 reviews

Great insight and overall experience. Due to the tourism being a little bit slow in South Africa I had the privilege to have a personalised tour ( only me). The tour guide Thabang was wonderful, and the whole experience was enhanced since we got time to stop for photos and explain in detail about the good things and the challenges of this area.

the visit was fabulous and essential to understand the ancient and current history of the city. my guide Tebogo was incredibly professional and wonderful company all morning and during lunch. this boy goes far as he drives. We visited several neighborhoods.

Wonderful & informative. Guide was extremely knowledgeable of Soweto and immediate areas, made us feel safe & secure. Food was superb and filling after a few km walk. Would highly recommend if you want to experience different cultural backgrounds.

Very nice visit with a good guide who also spoke French Thank you Gives for your great kindness see you soon

It was a very fantastic tour. The tour guide was very friendly and informative.