Free tour of the history and lifestyle of Soweto

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Guru: Nkululeko
Registered on September 24, 2023

I'm a professional guide from Soweto and passionate about tourism, helping people discover the beauty of my city also giving back to my community. I have been lucky to travel to different cities in the world.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

A half-day tour of Soweto township offers you the chance to experience the heart and soul of a busy city within a city.
Learn about the history, culture and lifestyle of Soweto.
1. We met at the Soweto Hotel located at the national heritage site known as Walter Sisulu Square with dedication to learn about the signing of the freedom charter.
2. We took a walk around the community of Kliptown, a deprived area of ​​Soweto and also visited a local project to interact with the children.
3. We visited the Orlando Towers, one of the tallest monuments in Soweto formerly used for coal-fired power. The station now hosts adventure sports such as bungee jumping, straitjacket bungee jumping, paintball, free fall and rock climbing.
4. We visited the Héctor Pieteson Memorial. The Hector Peterson Museum is a large museum located in Orlando West Soweto, it tells the story of the 1976 student protest.
5. Mandela's house and Bishop Tutu's house are located on a 1 km long street known as Vilakazi, popular for housing two Nobel Peace Prize winners.
6. We visited the Soweto brewing company, founded in 2012 , which was created with the vision of bringing the success of local brewing to a township environment.
7. The tour will end at Vilakazi Street with the option to have lunch at some of the local and authentic restaurants.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Union Ave, Kliptown, Soweto, 1808, So...
    Union Ave, Kliptown, Soweto, 1808, South Africa
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    It will be facing Union Avenue from the Soweto Hotel Conference Centre. With a cap that has a Guruwalk sign on it.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Freedom Square

    Learn about the Freedom Charter that was sign in 1955. We also visit the local market to show how local people trade.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre

    Meeting point at Soweto hotel. Meet the guide outside the hotel or wait at the hotel lobby if you arrive early.

  • 3
    Outside visit

    Soweto towers is a decommissioned coal fire power station in Soweto. The power station was commissioned at the end of the second world war and sevrd Johannesburg for over 50years

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Vilakazi Street

    Vilakazi street is perhaps the most famous street in Soweto or in Johannesburg. Its the only street in the world to have tw0 Nobel Peace Price winners.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Hector Pieterson Memorial

    The Memorial is dedicated to preserving the memory of the students who fought against apartheid in June 16 1976.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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David 08 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
We really enjoyed our time with Nkululeko. He was a rich source of knowledge. He was extremely friendly and helpful. I would recommend him to anyone looking to experience Soweto the best way.. He is well known in the community and really liked.
Lena 18 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
We had a wonderful tour today and can definitely recommend it!
Jiayi 12 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
ich mit Thabiso auf der Tour und zufällig auch der einzige Teilnehmer. Die Tour war nicht nur sehr informativ und einsichtreich, sondern hat auch wirklich viel Spaß gemacht. Thabiso lebt im Herzen von Soweto und und hat mir das Leben in den Townships mehr als authentisch gezeigt. Wir haben etwas auf dem Markt gesnackt und danach geluncht.
Sab 11 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Amazing guide for a special experience in Soweto! I highly recommend this exciting tour with local guides who know more than what you would expect! Great experience!
Marilia 10 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
We were lucky our tour was private by accident. We had fun and got to know and explore a lot about the history of Soweto. I recommend for you to bring money with you in their currency, so you can give more tips and take the buses during the tour. (We had just the tips for the guide).
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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