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Soweto

Hector Pieterson Square, Johannesburg

The Basics

While it’s possible to visit many of Soweto’s attractions independently, it’s well worth going with a guide to learn more about the history and modern day culture of one of Africa’s largest black urban settlements. Most half-day tours include stops at Nelson Mandela’s former home, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, and lively Vilakazi Street, known for its public art.

Alternatively, combine a tour of Soweto with a visit to the Apartheid Museum and other Johannesburg sights for a full day of exploration. For something completely different, get a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling township from a helicopter.

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Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
$79.53 per adult
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Silly was an awesome tour...
Silly was an awesome tour guide. We leaned so much from him. Even though the Apartied Museum was closed, we didn't feel like we missed a thing. Solly and the tour guides at Constitutional Hill did a great job explaining what went on during Apartied and the indignities that occurred Thoroughly enjoyed this enriching tour.
Julie_E, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Johannesburg

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Excellent tour
THILINA_S, Jul 2022
Soweto Half Day Tour
We had an excellent experience on this tour with thabang. As he is from Soweto, there is no one better to take you around the area and he ensures your safety at all times. He is knowledgeable, friendly, punctual and very well spoken. We covered all places mentioned in the tour. I highly recommend this tour to anyone.
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Enlightening
Debbie_K, Aug 2022
Soweto Half Day Tour
We had a fantastic visit to Soweto. Our preconceived notions about Soweto were definitely wrong! If you take this tour, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
star-5
The best tour of our...
Niki_C, Aug 2022
Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
The best tour of our life! Thank you Emmah for such an amazing experience. We highly recommend this Johannesburg & Soweto tour to anyone!
star-5
Memorable tour
Sinara_F, Jul 2022
Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour
The Apartheid Museum + Soweto was an overwhelming experience to me. Kevin did a great job as a guide, giving me not only the touristic view, but also adding a priceless local perspective to everything he showed me. I felt safe and well-equipped with the team.
star-5
Excellent tour
Aidan_M, Aug 2022
Soweto Half Day Tour
My wife and I did the half day tour with our tour guide Tabang who was a great tour guide. HE has a great knowledge about the history of Johannesburg and Soweto and we would highly recommend his tour.
star-5
Great tour
Thandisa_T, Jun 2022
Soweto Walking Tour with Lunch
Tebogo gave us a beautiful Soweto experience. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you… My children really enjoyed it.
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Soweto walkthrough was eye opening
LIONEL_C, Jun 2022
Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour
Excellent tour, but 2hrs is not enough for the Apartheid Museum which we found to be confusingly organized. Our driver/guide Kevin was very informative, and we appreciated the opportunity to walk through the Soweto shantytown and meet some of its inhabitants.
star-5
Great Apartheid & Soweto Tour
Samantha_A, May 2022
Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Guided Day Tour
Emmah was the bestttt tour guide hands down!! She was very kind, patient, friendly and knowledgeable. Such an informative tour of Soweto, Apartheid and both past & present of South Africa. I would definitely recommend this tour and guide to fellow travelers. Emmah made us feel very welcome and at ease as if we knew her for years!
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The tour covered a lot of...
Eric_G, Jul 2022
Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
The tour covered a lot of ground from the prison to the constitutional court to Soweto to the Apartheid museum.
star-5
Best Soweto tour around
Craig_S, Jul 2022
Soweto Half Day Tour
Amazing guide. Great tour. I am from SA and would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see Soweto. Very safe.
star-5
Great Johannesburg/Soweto Tour
Neal_S, Jul 2022
Soweto and Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
Emmah gave us a great Soweto / Johannesburg tour. Born and raised in Soweto, she gave us insights into life there and what it took to leave. Touring J and environs, she told us about J and S Africa.
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It was wonderful. linda,...
Roni_M, Aug 2022
Half-Day Guided Tour of Johannesburg and Soweto Township
It was wonderful. linda, our guide was very informative and patient with the kids. A great experience
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Soweto is a must for history buffs and anyone interested in modern day South African culture.

  • While Soweto is generally safe, it’s best to remain vigilant and avoid visiting after dark.

  • Don’t forget your camera—Soweto is home to some of the city’s most colorful street art.

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How to Get There

The sheer size of Soweto—with some two million residents—can be bewildering for first-time visitors, so it’s a good idea to travel as part of a guided tour. Alternatively, the Rea Vaya bus route runs from Johannesburg City Centre past many of the township’s notable sights.

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When to Get There

Go to Soweto during normal business hours, when museums and shops are open. June 16 is Youth Day, the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising—a particularly poignant time to visit.

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History of Soweto

Soweto was founded in 1904 as a forced habitation settlement to which black residents were relocated against their will during an outbreak of the bubonic plague. In the 1970s and ’80s, the district was frequently in the news, especially during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. This series of protests led by black schoolchildren produced one of the world’s most iconic news images—child Hector Pieterson, shot by police and dying in another protester’s arms.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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