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South Western Townships

Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
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Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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"vilakazi street"
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"middle class"
in 24 reviews
"two nobel peace prize winners"
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"mandela's house"
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"desmond tutu"
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"regina mundi church"
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"hector pieterson"
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"visit soweto"
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"orlando towers"
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"bungee jumping"
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"bike tour"
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"living conditions"
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"shanty town"
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"cooling towers"
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"eye opening"
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"local guide"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I was surprised to see how varied the living conditions are for Soweto's 4 million residents. There are some millionaires in beautiful homes, middle class people in nice homes, and people living without indoor plumbing in informal settlements. I was impressed by resilience and vitality...More

1  Thank Myrna G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In addition to visiting some of the museums, Mandela House, etc. toured the general areas of the South Western Townships and this is what I thought. I saw the poverty, which I expected. Have traveled all over the world and have seen poverty in many...More

1  Thank sandra n
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have grown up hearing about the Townships and watching the struggles on TV. Visting the most famous in the world gave me a sense of pride . Pride to see that many people whom live in theTownship are entrepreneurs or educated people. Noi longer...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you stay at the African Pride Melrose Arch, request driver/guide Kaybee. He was really good. He was very knowledgeable about the area. Even took an excursion for us to get bunny chow in his hood. He then swung us by Mandela's residence and pointed...More

Thank Danyale R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'd say visiting Soweto townships is a must do when touring South Africa and Johannesburg. just to see how these proud people live -many in poverty is a sight to see. Many do not have electricity nor mains water and although many are unemployed, those...More

1  Thank maddiePortsmouth
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Get to Soweto as much as you can, but please don't treat it as a museum. Soweto has so many different parts that are worth visiting. Start at Vilakazi street and go to the Hector Pieterson museum.

Thank robr590
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The most insightful 2 hour trip I have or will ever have. Guided tour around the old and new areas of the townships is a truly humbling experience. Local driver and guides were so obviously proud of their roots and their knowledge was commendable. Could...More

1  Thank Brian G
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

A walk on Vilakasi street will take you somewhat back in time, to a place of much suffering and then back to the rebirth of that same place and people. Visit Mandela’s Home and walk the street to feel the history loaded atmosphere, wich at...More

Thank Sebastian P
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

I have rated this as excellent because I think it something that visitors to South Africa should see. It is extreme poverty that tends to get hidden if your only visiting for a short time. What you will find is a large group of people...More

1  Thank Joel C
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We went to the area. So alive with love and vibrancy. We went to Nelson Mandela's house...GO SEE THIS place. It is so worth it...the place is magical

1  Thank MBBMimi
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Vilma N
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Response from Conqueror17 | Reviewed this property |
I stayed at this hotel in October and took the hop on hop off bus city tour with Soweto extension. The hotel will take you to the nearest stop at Constitution Hill if you ask. The staff are very helpful. I don't know about... More
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Response from Panchorri | Reviewed this property |
I would not recommend to visit Soweto. Is a shame to show this to tourists . Just go to your city and look for the poor people quarters. Go to the museum to visit the discovery of the Homo Naledi. Very interesting for kids... More
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Response from AmazonLodge | Reviewed this property |
I can highly recommend Ntombi, who runs Usizo Lwenkosi Tours (see my review on her TripAdvisor page). She lives in Soweto and therefore knows where and where not to go - don't let fearmongers put you off! This is a place... More
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