Johannesburg: Soweto Half-Day Tour

4.4 / 5

52 reviews

Johannesburg: Soweto Half-Day Tour

From $74.05 per person

Ready to visit a city within a city? Ready to experience photogenic, bustling Soweto? On this half-day tour to Soweto, your guide will take you through all the hot-spots of Soweto, as you enjoy a tour which takes you deep into the township culture.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pickup is available from your Johannesburg accommodation.
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 7 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive along Vilakazi Street
  • See the homes of Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela
  • Drive past the Mandela House Museum
  • Visit an informal settlement
  • Drive past the Baragwanath Taxi Rank
Full description
After being collected from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre-departure tour briefing, before you depart for Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto, you will pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. You will then enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you will then visit Vilakazi Street, where you will drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela, and past the current home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also have the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising that occurred on the 16th of 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. During this Soweto tour you will pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Africa’s residence. A visit into the museum is also optional (at an extra cost and payable on arrival). You will continue your Soweto tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you will get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. You will then drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University, and end your tour with a view of the largest hospital in the world: the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
Includes
  • Transfers in a comfortable vehicle
  • Pickup in Johannesburg
  • Entrance to Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Entrance into the Regina Mundi Church
  • Vilakazi Street
  • View of Mandela House in Soweto
  • View Desmond Tutu House and Winnie Mandela House
  • Visit to an information settlement
  • Views of the Soweto cooling towers
  • Views to the Baragwaneth Hospital
  • Free onboard uncapped WiFi
  • Food
  • Personal purchases
  • Entrance fees to the Nelson Mandela House Museum
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 52 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
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It took a visit from our grandson who lives overseas to ignite our interest in taking this half day tour of Soweto, and we were most impressed by it. A huge advantage was that we were fetched from our residence and taken back home. I was impressed at the level of communication from the organisers. our guide, Michael, was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. We felt that we had an authentic experience, and in all, thoroughly enjoyed the morning.

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February 25, 2020

Very interesting experience, we got to know many things about Soweto. The only thing i did not like was visiting the inside of the peoples homes. The way they live is so poor and in some way invading their privacy seems to me just morbid. I would suggest not doing it.

September 27, 2019

This tour of Soweto was perfect because you get to meet and know the culture of the people who actually live in the township of Soweto. From visiting the Childrens daycare school in one of the poorest sections, to the seeing the local markets and cultural centers this tour is a must do if you visit Johannesburg. And the guides were very informative and of course always willing to help you get that perfect picture or video.

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September 4, 2019

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