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Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum

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Explore South Africa's most famous township on this full-day guided tour of Soweto from Johannesburg. Enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively Soweto from your guide, who was born and raised in the township, as you visit landmarks like the Apartheid Museum, the Diepkloof area, and Carlton Centre.
  • Full-day guided tour of Soweto township and Johannesburg
  • Enjoy a detailed tour of the Soweto township with a guide born and raised there
  • See the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • See some of the top attractions of Johannesburg, including Constitution Hill and Carlton Centre
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9:00 AM
Please note that pick up times will vary depending on your pick up location.
Get picked up at your Johannesburg hotel for a quick introduction before starting your journey to Soweto.

Pass one of the World Cup stadiums along the way, and then arrive in the Diepkloof area full of vendors selling all kinds of things. Travel along Vilakazi Street in Orlando West, a street on which the homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners are—Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Choose an optional visit to the Mandela House. Learn about the 1976 Soweto Uprising and the death of a young boy named Hector Pieterson.

Continue through Soweto into a shanty town where you can meet some of the locals. Travel past the Soweto Campus of Johannesburg University and then the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the world's largest hospital, where your tour ends.

Rejoin your guide after a lunch break (own expense) to visit the famous Apartheid Museum before returning to Johannesburg. Visit the Telkom Tower, an imposing 882 feet (269 meters) tall. See Constitution Hill, where Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once imprisoned, as well as the court (when it's not in session).

See the longest bridge in Southern Africa, the Nelson Mandela Bridge, and visit the area called Newtown to stroll along the Jazz Walk of Fame in Mary Fitzgerald Square. Finish your tour with an elevator ride up to the top of the Carlton Centre, the tallest building on the continent.
Stop At:  
Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct
After pick-ups, we make our way to Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein for a guided tour of this iconic institution. Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. The site is a former prison and military fort that bears testament to South Africa’s turbulent past. Today, it’s home to the country’s Constitutional Court which endorses the rights of all citizens. We cross over the striking Mandela Bridge on our way into Johannesburg CBD. Named in honour of Nelson Mandela, the 284-metre long bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa and links two significant business districts.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mary Fitzgerald Square
We cross over the striking Mandela Bridge on our way into Newtown. Named in honour of Nelson Mandela, the 284-metre long bridge is the largest cable-stayed bridge in South Africa and links two significant business districts. The Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg in South Africa is a public space named after Mary "Pickhandle" Fitzgerald, who is considered to have been the first female trade unionist in the country.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Carlton Centre
We visit the Carlton Centre, also known as the ‘Top of Africa’. There a lift will elevate you 50 stories for an amazing and total view over the city.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Apartheid Museum
Next stop is the Apartheid Museum. It’s a one-of- its-kind museum that showcases South Africa in the turbulent years of the apartheid era. The museum illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid through a series of 22 individual exhibitions that take you on an emotional journey from the heartbreaking struggle for freedom and equality to the ultimate climax of the election of Nelson Mandela, the first Black president of South Africa. It’s mid-day by the time we visit the Apartheid Museum. You can get something to eat and drink at the Truth Café (own cost)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
FNB Stadium
On our way to Soweto we pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010.
Stop At:  
We leave the museum at about 14h00 and make our way to Soweto, driving past famous landmarks such as the FNB Soccer Stadium, Baragwanath Hospital and the massive Soweto Towers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Elias Motsoaledi Road
Our first stop in Soweto is at Motsoaledi informal settlement. Walk through the streets with your guide past street cafés and craft markets to a community centre that MoAfrika sponsors. Greet and meet the people in the settlement and learn more about their way of life
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Regina Mundi
We continue on through Orlando West to the hub of Soweto. We stop outside Regina Mundi Church and Freedom Square for a quick overview
Stop At:  
Hector Pieterson Museum and Memorial
The Hector Pieterson Museum is a large museum located in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, two blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed 16 June 1976.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Vilakazi Street
We make our way down the vibrant Vilakazi Street, past iconic monuments and the homes of Nelson and Winnie Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mandela House
In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MoAfrika Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Johannesburg, Soweto and Apartheid Museum ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "I know that some people might want more time to explore the Apartheid Museum but I found two hours to be quite sufficient." See review
  • "The tour was worthwhile; the tourist guide make all the difference." See review

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, Feb 2020
This was the most educational tour! Not all the information was positive, but the information was an eye opener. Our guide, Marcy, was very informative and added her families history and struggles, to the larger picture. We were able to see, learn and absorb what times were like and the struggles achieved. The tour states ten hours,which scare any people, but don’t be deterred, it’s only eight hours. ☺️
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Johannesburg highlight
, Dec 2019
The tour was very informative especially about the rise and fall of apartheid and of course the life and death of Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest persons to have walked this earth.
Interesting but can be depressive
Ruslan A
, Oct 2019
The toud gives a quite good overview of the city and of the history of the country. However, you have to be emotionally prepared for the tour - the prison/apartheid museum and Hector Petersen memorials parts of the tour are not "funny place". The guide is great. P.S. Bring some sweets for kids in Soweto.
A brilliant full day tour encompassing everything!
Rohit J
, Oct 2019
This full day tour was brilliant from start to finish and very organised. We were able to visit Constitution Hill, the constitutional court, the apartheid museum and the huge township of Soweto. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and it was fascinating to learn facts and history in relation to both Johannesburg and the country itself; the best part of the tour was Mo guiding us through Soweto and visiting his home. The tour of Soweto did make us appreciate the luxuries at our disposal in the UK and was a huge eye opener to the economic chasm that exists in South Africa.
Good introduction to Johannesburg
, Aug 2019
I very much enjoyed the tour as it offers a strong introduction to the city. Our guide, Bobo, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the city. I thought the trip was very well-organized and paced with just the right amount of time at each stop. I know that some people might want more time to explore the Apartheid Museum but I found two hours to be quite sufficient. My only suggestion for improving the tour would be to include lunch with it - there is also no time to eat lunch at the Apartheid Museum so perhaps lunch could be scheduled for a different stop on the tour.
Great Tour, Not enough time.
, Jun 2019
The tour was great ! However, I constantly felt like we were being rushed to the next thing. We toured Johannesburg first but I would have prefered to start in Soweto. When we arrived to both the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum we had a limited amount of time because they were close to closing. If the Apartheid Museum is something you are interested in be prepared to some back a second time. We were allowed 2 hours including lunch but if you would like to take your time and read everything it can easily take up an entire day by itself. Overall I think it was a great tour. My tour guide BoBo was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to get familiarized with the area and I would recommend it to anyone !
Great way to get to know Joburg
, May 2019
I was very lucky to have Bobo for my tour and also to be the only person on the tour for half of the day. It felt very personal and I could take the time I needed at each point. Bobo is a great teacher and gave me loads of information throughout the tour and just fun facts whilst we were driving around which was really nice. The Apartheid Museum was brilliant, as I expected but also very intense and I would probably like to go back to soak in more from that. Seeing Soweto from a local prospective was a heart warming experience, it made me feel like I really got a better insight into how people live. Mo did part of this tour, a local, who is a fantastic artist and he was very inspiring. Overall, I thought it was worthwhile and made me feel more familiar and understand the city better.
An excellent day tour of Johannesburg
, Jan 2019
Our guide, Nick, was an excellent guide, knew Johannesburg well, and had an excellent attitude. I wish the van had a speaker system so the people in the back of the van could hear better. I strongly recommend.
Wonderful tour day
, Dec 2018
This tour was informative and hit the highlights of Johannesburg and Soweto. I think we visited the sites in a way that helped tell the story of recent history in S. A. Our tour guide Thsolo and his helper Fresh were a wealth of knowledge and made us feel very welcomed. Highly recommend!
Johannesburg Highlights: Guided Day Tour
, Nov 2018
October 21st. We had a most amazing day with Thabang touring your wonderful city Johannesburg. We have looked forward to this day for a long time and and it far surpassed our expectations. Thabang is a wonderful ambassador for your company as well as your country and its inspiring history.He taught us to cherish dear Mr Mandela and appreciate better how much he brought not only to South Africa but to the world. Every tour stop was worthy of our time spent. The very special visit was in the community in Soweto. We are so glad Thabang was willing to take us there. We have a much better understanding of the South African township life and we are richer for it. Please know for yourself and tell him for us we think he is a wonderful guide. Please let me know how to send a review to Viator. It will be 5 stars. Sincerely,Kevin Lemon
Johannesburg Guided Day Tour
, Oct 2018
The tour was worthwhile; the tourist guide make all the difference. Am glad I took this tour; got to know Johannesburg's past and present life.
An excellent four for those who know little about S.Africa
, Oct 2018
A good overview of the struggles that S. Africa is going through. We saw a lot and know the history that has lead to their problems. We saw all of the city and the good things and the poverty that has yet to be overcome.
Great Tour of Joberg
, Sep 2018
Our guide, Tsholo, was great! Very informative and personable. Gave us great information the whole day. Learned so much about South Africa, Johannesburg, and apartheid
Great tour with our local guide BoBo...
, Mar 2018
Great tour with our local guide BoBo, from Soweto. He did an excellent job.
Wonderful day, so very interesting...
Sherie S
, Jan 2018
Wonderful day, so very interesting and thought provoking. Would have loved longer at the Apartheid Museum. Our guide was fantastic, Tsholo thank you.
We had a wonderful time .It was a...
Lynne J
, Dec 2017
We had a wonderful time .It was a full day.Very informative and educational. Constitutional Court was an eye opener. Apartheid museum is wonderful and you need time there. Soweto was something to see and our guide was great with lots of information. He even let us try a local bunychow.
Great tour lots to see -hard to fit...
James W
, Nov 2017
Great tour lots to see -hard to fit it all in. Not enough time in Aparteid museum service in café was so slow we had little over an hour in the museum. Constitution Hill was very interesting if somewhat shocking, loved the design of the new courthouse reflecting both the traditional culture of S Africa AND new constitution, in a creative and positive way. Soweto tour was extremely well run and very enlightening felt far safer and less dark and threatening than expected - a place of many contrasts. Would have liked more time around the area of Nelson Mandela's house also. A good intro to S. Africa, with a friendly and interesting guide
We wanted an overview of...
Sarah R
, Nov 2017
We wanted an overview of Johannesburg with a focus on Apartheid, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The history is so complex, I was not expecting to do more than scratch the surface, but our guide fully understood what were looking for and delivered even more. Thank you, Viator, thanks Ben, and thanks to all the guides at each stop.
It was real eye opener for me. Very...
John C M
, Nov 2017
It was real eye opener for me. Very thought provoking. The three main visits and the quick tour through downtown Johannesburg provided insights into the history and brings into reality the long road that the people of South Africa have to go and why it will likely take generations to recover. Our tour guide/driver Ben was amazing and I regret that I didn't tip him at all what he deserved I had arrived from London overnight and was still thinking GBP - felt so terrible and stupid after I realized my error.
The guide and driver, Sunny, was...
Prabhakar R
, Sep 2017
The guide and driver, Sunny, was very informed and enthusiastic. Gave us a lot of information.

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