What you will be doing
Discover the rich and difficult history of Soweto on this full-day cultural tour. A cluster of colorful townships and significant sites, Soweto is the largest urban black settlement in all of Africa.
Full-Day Soweto Tour
You will gain a deeper understanding of the struggles South Africans faced during the apartheid era on this enlightening full-day tour. Various museums and political sites, such as the Apartheid Museum, The Mandela House and Constitution Hill, tell the story of the country’s tumultuous past. Mid-day, stop for some outstanding modern African cuisine at a favorite restaurant of locals and visitors alike.
What activities are included
Today holds a full day of touring Soweto’s famous museums and iconic landmarks, with a lovely break for lunch at one of the area’s most popular South African restaurants.
Your full-day tours includes all transfers: to and from Seasons Sport & Spa, and to the Apartheid Museum, Vilakazi Street, Vuyos Restaurant, Mandela House, and Constitution Hill.
Embark on a highly emotional journey as you experience the multi-media exhibits at the Apartheid Museum. You will learn about the brutal, state-sanctioned system based on racial discrimination. At the same time, the museum is a beacon of hope, showing the world how South Africa is coming to terms with its oppressive past and working towards a future that all South Africans can call their own.
Vilakazi Street in Soweto is the only street in the world where two Nobel Laureates once lived, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. We will drive past Tutu’s home and visit Mandela’s former home. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. On that tragic day, an innocent boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa.
The Mandela House
Officially named the Nelson Mandela National Museum, the former home of Nelson Mandela now houses a multi-media tribute to the man’s life and legacy. You will see various memorabilia, artwork, awards and honorary doctorates conferred on Nelson Mandela and his family as well as photographs of the family dating back to the 1950’s. It’s one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa due to its deep history and tie to Madiba’s pre-presidential life.
Constitution Hill is a living museum that tells the story of South Africa’s transition from colonialism and apartheid to democracy, with all the pain, pathos and catharsis that such a journey entails. The site served as a prison and briefly as a military fort for 100 years, incarcerating men, women and even children within its walls. Today it is home to Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, which endorses the rights of all citizens.
Today you will enjoy lunch at Vuyos Restaurant on the famous Vilakazi Street. Vuyos offers beautifully presented Modern African Cuisine in a lively setting. More than just a meal, this is a delightful experience.