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Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

1. Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and 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 and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

2. Johannesburg and Soweto Apartheid Full Day Tour

Take a comprehensive tour of Johannesburg, Soweto, and the Apartheid Museum (opened from Wednesday - Sunday). Pass important landmarks and learn about the country's difficult history of Apartheid. Be picked up from your hotel for a full-day tour of Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum, and Soweto. Begin your explorations in the heart of bustling Johannesburg, the third-largest city in Africa. Pass landmark buildings and structures such as the Hillbrow Tower, one of the tallest towers in Africa, the sky-scraping Ponte City, Sentech and Carlton Centre Towers, and the multimillion-rand Nelson Mandela Bridge. Once a prison and military fort, visit the Constitutional Hill Museum and learn about South Africa's journey to democracy. Be humbled as you hear and see the struggles South Africa endured during its societal transitional phases such as the Apartheid. Leaving the hustle and bustle of central Johannesburg behind, the tour will proceed to historical Soweto, an iconic South African township that experienced many student uprisings and much police brutality during the apartheid era. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, and see the house of Nelson Mandela. After an interesting and thought-provoking day head back to your hotel on a comfortable air-conditioned bus. 

Johannesburg: Soweto Apartheid & Township Tour with Lunch

3. 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: Mandela Legacy Day Tour

4. Johannesburg: Mandela Legacy Day Tour

Meet your local guide and drive towards your first stop at the quaint Liliesleaf Farm in northern Johannesburg. Discover the history of the place used as a safe house for the African National Congress in the 1960s. Then head to Nelson Mandela Foundation, the last offices that Nelson Mandela occupied before his passing. Find original pieces of history pertaining to the President such as his briefcase, noble price medal, and Xhosa mountain attire. Next, visit the Constitutional Hill, where Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Winnie Madikizela, Joe Slovo and so many others were imprisoned. From here, make your way to the Chancellor House in Johannesburg, that was once home to Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo’s first black law firm in South Africa. Get to see the three-story building in the Ferreirasdorp area of Johannesburg. Then, proceed to Mandela House where he lived from 1946 to 1962 with his family. This house is not far from the Tutu house which was also the residential home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This is the place where Nelson Mandela returned to after being released from prison in 1990. At the end of the tour discover the exhibitions of the Apartheid Museum.

Johannesburg: Guided City Tour & Nelson Mandela House Visit

5. Johannesburg: Guided City Tour & Nelson Mandela House Visit

Join a guided tour of Johannesburg and explore the City of Gold's most iconic landmarks. Learn about South Africa's oppressive past and celebrate its victories as you visit sights like the famous Soccer City Stadium, the Soweto Cooling Towers, and much more. Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation and set out to explore this bustling city. Start in Soweto, where you'll drive past the famous Soccer City Stadium. Admire the award-winning design of Africa's largest stadium, also known as the Calabash. Then, see the colorful Soweto Cooling Towers. This decommissioned power station is a prominent landmark in Soweto, boasting a larger-than-life mural and offering bungee jumping in an urban industrial setting. Next, visit Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world where 2 Nobel Peace Prize laureates once lived. This street was home to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Stop at the Nelson Mandela National Museum, the home where Nelson Mandela lived from 1946 to 1962. See the humble property that now houses a collection of memorabilia, paintings, and photographs of the Mandela family. Finally, visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and learn about the events of 16 June 1976 and the Soweto Uprising. The museum is located just a short distance away from where police opened fire on students during a protest, resulting in the death of Hector Pieterson. Enjoy a comfortable transfer back to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

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What people are saying about Hector Pieterson Memorial

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 206 reviews

Pascal was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide, while being extremely professional . He really helped us navigate the Apartheid museum, taking us through the most important topics and explaining much of the symbolism. We also got a sense of the different areas of Johannesburg and how they’ve evolved over time. We also enjoyed the time in Soweto and learning about its history. Lunch at the African buffet was great and bustling with locals. It also allowed us to spend time with Pascal and learn about his fascinating personal story, which was a great insight into the local culture and society.

The tour company was extremely flexible with rebooking and scheduling conflicts. We were able to change dates and join the guide an hour late without any issues. The guide himself was very knowledgeable and managed the time on the tour well.

Great tour although we didn't get to go to the apartheid museum as it was closed and the tour of the city of joburg that was to replace it didn't happen (altho that was fine - we were tired). I thought it was a bit expensive.

Safe and genuine experience in Soweto with our informative guide who made sure that we had a great time!

Tebogo was AMAZING today! Would Recommend to anyone coming to Joburg!! Shub shub!