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Soweto Township & Apartheid Museum Tour

Culture and History tour in Johannesburg

Tour Price : $140 Duration : 8 hours Languages: English, Zulu, Xhosa

Full day guided tour of Soweto Township which we begin by browsing the city of Johannesburg which is the largest man made jungle in the world and also the largest city not built on a river, harbour, or situated on a lake. We then proceed to the Apartheid Museum which is our first stop. Nothing captures the dark Apartheid years better than the Apartheid Museum. From there we drive to Soweto and enter using the Military entrance named so because of a military base across the road which was used to monitor the movement of Soweto residents during Apartheid era. On our way we come across the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital which was once the largest in the world and now the largest in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. You get to learn about its history and also why it was an important venue for the British Royal family including the young Queen Elizabeth to visit in 1947. We visit a squatter camp, a shanty town without electricity and plumbing.

We visit the twin towers of Orlando Power Park each 100 metres tall and often mistaken for a Nuclear power plant. On the way you get to see open hair salons, spaza shops, the first high school in Soweto, the first township of Soweto, Walter Sisulu Square which was the birth of the Freedom Charter which later became the blueprint of our constitution. We visit Regina Mundi Church the largest Catholic in Soweto used by the anti-apartheid activists as a meeting place and also where the Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu used to address the people. A spiritual home of the struggle because this is where political meetings, protest rallies, community gatherings and funeral services of many political victims were conducted. Often raided and attacked by police with teargas and live ammunition, a tour around the church will show you bullet holes in the ceiling, walls and the broken altar railings damaged by crowds trying to escape the police and their dogs.

Credo Mutwa Village situated in the heart of Soweto contains a remarkable collection of sculptures and buildings. The village offers an outdoor museum of African art, culture and folklore. Created over a period of ten years by the world renowned Zulu shaman, artist, painter, author, environmentalist and traditional healer. The village also serves to highlight the key role played by traditional culture within an urban environment. Landscaped with a variety of indigenous plants including many used in traditional medicine. Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial, the memorial unveiled in 1992 by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and the museum opened on 16 June 2002 to honour Hector Pieterson and all those who died around the country in the 1976 students uprising.

The museum houses photographs taken on this tragic day and fuses memorabilia with modern technology and cultural history. Vilakazi Street Precinct is the famous street in Soweto, and is the only street in the world to have two Noble Prize winners as its residents. Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived in Vilakazi Street. Nelson Mandela House is a museum and a biggest tourist attraction in Gauteng. Preserved in exactly the same state as it was when the Mandelas lived in it in the 1960's. The Bishop Tutu house is also a tourist attraction and is an important part of the rich history of the Vilakazi Street precinct.

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: $140
Duration: 8 hours
Group Size: 30 tourists
Languages: English, Zulu, Xhosa
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :YES
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :YES
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):YES
Food and Drinks :YES
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :NO
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :NO
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :YES
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :YES
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES
This Tour is Kid Friendly :YES