Soweto is one of South Africa’s more famous townships, situated in the centre of the city of Johannesburg, it is alive with history and culture. Its sheer size may be disheartening but with the right tour company a visit into this township is one to be remembered.
Whether you’re a tourist or a local, Soweto offers a unique experience for everyone, from the uniquely South African foods to sweet treats you can only find in Soweto.
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Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum
The Hector Pieterson Museum is a must visit while you’re in Johannesburg. It is one of the best ways to educate yourself on the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa. The museum is named after the iconic young boy, Hector Pietersen, who was shot and killed by the police during a peaceful protest against apartheid.
You can learn about how things led up to this point and what drove the nation to stand against injustices. Rated 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor, visitors can easily see the Hector Pieterson Memorial as it’s just outside the museum making for the ideal way to complete the experience.
- Operating Hours:
- Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm
- Sun, 10am - 4pm
- Address: 8287 Khumalo St, Soweto
- Contact Details: 011 536 2253
- More Info: Website
Rated 4 stars on Tripadvisor, visitors reviewed Vilakazi Street as a “vibrant walk through history”.
Many famous South African icons like Benedict Wallet Vilakazi, the poet and first black South African to obtain a doctorate degree and Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, have called this street their home.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who still resides there, can often be seen walking the streets chatting to his neighbours.
Many great men hail from this street that is so rich in history. Take a trip down to Vilakazi Street and feel the history! While in Soweto a visit to the Mandela House Museum is always an interesting stop.
- Cost at Mandela House Museum:
- R60 - International Visitors
- R40 - Holders of SA IDs
- R20 - Students, Kids (6yrs+)
- R5 - Kids (Under 6yrs)
- Address: Vilakazi Street, Soweto
- More Info: Website
To experience the full feel of Soweto, try some of the unique cuisine available from the local cafes.
Other Things To Do
Other activities nearby Include:
Visiting a township can be daunting, you should always keep your wits about you, do not display valuables and always use an accredited tour company as you would visiting any other place in the world.
Soweto will leave you feeling a little closer to your African roots and a lot more informed of the struggle South Africans faced together.
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