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.