The South Western Township or in short Soweto began as a shanty town in 1930 allocated for people of colour. Today Soweto is home to more than 1.3 million people making it the largest township in South Africa. Home to prominent political figures such as Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, to just name a few, Soweto has the only street in the world to house two nobel prize winners namely Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Soweto has been a centre place for many political campaigns against the apartheid government, the most notable being the Student Uprising in 1976. Under the leadership of Tsietsi Mashinini hundreds of students took to the streets of Soweto to protest against the government’s policies of being taught in Afrikaans, the results were fatal, numerous students were shot and many died during the protest the most famous being Hector Pieterson and Hastins Ndlovu.
Come join us as we take you on a tour around Soweto where you will experience first-hand the emotional history and wonderful culture the largest township in South Africa has to offer.
Did you know?
The world's third biggest hospital and is known as the Chris Hani - Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Soweto Tour Packages
Meet Soweto (1 Hour Tour)
Experience key Soweto attractions in just an hour of fun cycling and meet the locals of this wonderful township. Visit the iconic Hector Pieterson Memorial as well as the area where hundreds of young students lost their lives in the 1976 student uprising. Find out more about the first kid to be actually shot by the apartheid police in June 16 and visit the home of the first democratic president of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Nelson Mandela.
Meet Soweto (2 Hour Tour)
Extend your one 1 hour tour into 2hours by visiting Mooki Street, one of the oldest streets in Soweto and street with all necessary amenities for an African community. Learn about the transportation system of South Africa and the different hand signals used for taxis. Experience an aerial view of the entire Soweto Township from the famous Orlando Towers and if it’s an adrenaline rush that you are seeking you can bungee jump from the towers for that.
Half-Day Soweto Tour (4 Hour Tour)
Spend half of your day in Soweto with us and we will double your two hour tour by visiting Ubuntu Kraal where you will get an opportunity to taste the first township branded craft beer and experience the renowned South African flame grilled Lekker Braai or Shisa- Nyama as it is known in the township. Conclude the tour by visiting the Old compound for Migrant worker where you will learn about how men from all over South Africa migrated to Johannesburg to mine gold in the largest gold reserve ever to be discovered in the world.
Full-Day Soweto Tour (6 Hour Tour)
Discover all the hidden treasures of Soweto with our full day tour package. Have a once-in-a-lifetime experience by visiting the village of the highest ranking Shaman in the world, the Credo Mutwa Village. View the Oppenheimer Towers and learn how it was built by using the bricks from houses demolished during the forced relocations caused by the apartheid government’s Group Areas Act. A visit to the June 16th Memorial Arce and Regina Mundi Church where the students sought refuge from the apartheid police shooting will leave you touched. Feel the cultural heartbeat of Soweto at the Soweto Theatre and conclude your full day tour by experiencing all our half day tour activities.
1976 Student Protest Heritage Tour
Follow in the footsteps of the class of 1976 in a 10 km route and relive experience of more than a 1000 students as they protested against Afrikaans as medium of education. Learn about how a 19-year-old pupil from Morrison Issacson High School led the students through the march that changed South African history forever and visit the main schools that participated in the student’s protest. The duration of the tour is approximately 4 hours.
Six-2-Six Night Tour
When the sun goes down the party animals come out to play! Have a time of your life with our night party scene tours. Experience Soweto’s vibrant night life hopping from one party scene to another, enjoy the vibrant Township clubs, parties and shabeens. The duration of this tour package is approximately 12 hours.
Pretoria, also known as the Jacaranda City, is the administrative capital of South Africa and it was founded in 1855 by Marthinus Pretorius. The city of Pretoria owns its existence and growth to the twin Boer dreams of independence and from the British and domination of the African population.
The disruption of Mfecane led by the Ndebele king, Mzilikazi, between 1826 and 1836 resulted in massive dislocations of African tribes in the Transvaal region. Much of the black population were slaughtered during the wars and many more fled north into present-day Zimbabwe. In 1841, the first Boers trekked into the temporary vacated territories and laid claims to the land that would soon be their capital, thus beginning the long-held myth that white people arrived in the area first.
Compared to Johannesburg, Pretoria is viewed as more of an Afrikaner city and it is home to various historic buildings and natural beauty such as the Voortrekker Monument, Union Buildings, Palace of Justice, the Old Counsel of Chambers and the purple Jacaranda Trees.
Come experience the City of Pretoria with us as we take you to experience one of the historically richest cities in our country.
Did you know?
Pretoria has the second largest number of embassies in the world after Washington, D.C. in the United States.
Jo’burg, Jozi or eGoli started off from humble beginnings when it consisted of only four sleepy farms in 1886 namely: Braamfontein, Doornfontein, Turffontein and Langlaagte. Gold traces were first discovered in this region by an Australian prospector, George Harrison who sold his claim for only 10 pounds, Harrison didn’t realise that he has stumbled across the richest gold-bearing reef ever discovered. By 1889 Jo’burg was the largest town in Southern Africa and people from all walks of life flocked to Johannesburg to seek fortune.
During their time, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi moved to Johannesburg and spent formative years working as attorneys. The segregation policies of the city implemented by the apartheid government would later influence both men’s campaigns of resistance against white minority rule.
Today Johannesburg is home to the highest court in the country, the Constitutional Court, which is situated within the Constitution Hill precinct, a former city’s Old Fort Prison used by the Afrikaners in the late 1800 to protect the South African Republic from British invasion. During the apartheid era the Old Fort Prison complex was used imprison Mahatma Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, Joe Slovo, Bram Fischer, Albert Luthuli, Robert Sebokwe, Winnie Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. It is due the large number of political prisoners detained in the Old Fort Prison complex that it is known as the “Robben Island of Johannesburg”.
Experience and learn about the history and culture of Johannesburg with us, we will take you to all significant historic and contemporary sites.
Did you know?
There is only one other city on the continent that is bigger than Joburg, and that is the bustling metropolis of Cairo in Egypt. Johannesburg is the second biggest city on Africa.