South Western Townships
South Western Townships
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Narayananram
Phoenix, AZ120 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
Please avoid SOWETO walking / biking tours at all cost. It is not worth it. We went with a reputed guide with 5 star reviews today and we were mugged at gun point. We quietly surrendered our phones , with tears in our eyes. I did not expect this , especially given that I had a local guide accompany me. The soweto local was as helpless and vulnerable as we were. We were also warned by a restaurant owner and security guards at Constitution hill to not walk anywhere alone on the streets because of the criminal activities. From my first hand, near death experience it is best that you avoid SOWETO tours (bike, walk etc) at all costs.
Written 7 July 2023
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Szenta
Valencia, Spain44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
By all means visit Soweto and challenge old stereotypes. Recommend the excellent Mandy Imbizo Tours, run by a local.
Written 8 June 2022
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Mike Senior
Southampton, UK314 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
visited by minibus as a side trip of the hop on hop off bus. Tour guide was very good at explaining the differences between the styles of housing seen
Written 25 November 2021
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Chris P
Shanghai, China6,043 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Really enjoyed my 2 hour Red Bus Tour into Soweto. Our guides were good and informative and took us on an excellent route to get an overview of living here. Plenty of time for pics etc. I never went into any of the museums etc, but learnt such a lot about SA history.
Written 5 May 2020
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SamMac17
Shropshire97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went here over 15 years ago - without the street dancers , stalls bars and street traders, and general commercialisation so for us its lost some of its impact but as part of a tour its still worth a visit
Written 26 February 2020
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harry w
Burlington, Canada1,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
In touring through Soweto, we got a better appreciation of life during apartheid and today. To hear about the children's march against being forced to learn afrikaners and the killing of Hector Peterson was sobering. The modern rebuilding of housing and small businesses in the township was uplifting.
Written 15 February 2020
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Steve-CdnTravelLover
Toronto, Canada35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Our Canadian friends thought we were reckless to visit Johannesburg. Most land there on their way to safaris, stay at an airport hotel, pop in to Jo’burg and Soweto for a 2-3 hour driving tour - and leave the next morning. And when we told them that we were planning to visit Soweto they were convinced that we were really crazy.

Johannesburg turned out to be quite manageable if you take sensible precautions, avoid rough areas like the Central Business District. We made our way around by Uber, saw some really interesting sites and museums. The people were warm and friendly.

We spent a delightful 4 hours on a walking tour in Soweto with Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle Tours.

It was fascinating to learn about Soweto. Those of us of a certain age in the West grew up watching the news with Soweto as the epi-centre of the resistance to Apartheid. I didn’t want to miss it on our once-in-a-lifetime visit to Southern Africa.

We had no idea that it was so big - over 2 million people. It’s divided into 41 districts with large differences between them. The area around Nelson Mandela’s old house is known as “Beverly Hills” because of the nice houses there.

We felt safe and welcome everywhere we went.
Written 13 January 2020
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Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,047 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The diversity of Soweto is amazing, from the affluent area close to the soccer stadium to the shanty town near the klipriver drive area. The Oppenheimer tower is a part of history, as are the houses of 2 noble peace prize winners in Vilakazi street.
Written 2 January 2020
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Christoph Randler
Rottenburg am Neckar, Germany15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
good to visit to capture a bit of history (Pieterson musem, Mandela's house), we walked the distances betwee both
Written 5 December 2019
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Peter S
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is a must do experience, linked to a trip to the Apartheid Museum.

If you are old enough to remember watching events unfold in SA 30 years ago a visit puts things into context. It is amazing to see how things have changed in that time.

There is still a long way to go but this visit was uplifting.

If you are too young to remember you should go to learn about the terrible events and how they happened.
Written 25 November 2019
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