The largest “township” in South Africa that became a city in its own right. Experience the history of this famous township, a burning point of the freedom struggle, Johannesburg Southwest Township (Soweto). Famous or notorious, Soweto is a township that came into being as a result of the Apartheid ideology. Starting about 15 km away from the centre of Johannesburg, it comprises some 63 sq. km, where an estimated two million people live.
Originally there were only temporary living quarters for the mine workers, before Soweto was declared a ghetto for the black population of Johannesburg by the infamous “Urban Areas Act” in 1923. Although the government had a housing program to build hundreds of thousands of plain two-room houses here, the illegal squatter camps kept on growing and spreading.
Still Soweto is by no means only an accumulation of tin shacks. There are also better suburbs and a number of well functioning social institutions like schools and hospitals. The main impression though is that crowding and poverty, and Tour Guides often refer to it as the ‘Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. The home that Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela shared, Freedom Square, Regina Mundi church, the Hector Pieterson Memorial & museum, Vilakazi Street (central to the 1976 ‘Youth uprising’) and informal settlements are on offer in Soweto and this tour covers a comprehensive selection of these
|Departure||09:00 / 12:00 (suggested)|
|Included||Guided air-conditioned transport, Entrance fees to the various sites of interest|
|Excluded||Lunch, any items of a personal nature, tips, and or gratuities; also tips for locals displaying domestic environment/ culture|
|Choice Tours’ Price||1 guest – R 2 000; 2 guests – R 1 300 pp (25% discount for groups of 4 or more)|
|Bonus||Jo’burg City drive-by|