During this half-day Soweto Township Tour you will learn about the past and contemporary life in the most famous township of South Africa under the guidance of a local guide. An impressive morning, full of culture and history!
Soweto – South Western Townships – is actually a contraction of 38 different townships and is the most famous slum of South Africa. In 1904 the first people came to live in the area southwest of Johannesburg. The real growth, however, took place in the fifties and sixties. The South African apartheid government decided at the time that white people were only allowed to live in Johannesburg. Blacks, colored people and Asians had to move to the townships for their ‘race’. In the following decades, these districts merged into the current city of Soweto with over four million inhabitants and an area of 135 km2. All eleven official languages of South Africa are spoken in Soweto.
Today the township is a lively mix of old slums, new renovated streets with music and restaurants and African street life. The township is undoubtedly the most important symbol of South African apartheid history. The accumulation of poverty-stricken miners, segregation, the struggle for freedom: the South African political line has taken place in Soweto. During this tour with your guide, this history will pass by itself.
|Daily at 9. a.m and 1.30 p.m|
|Included from Johannesburg|
This day tour starts between 9 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. You will be picked up by a guide at your accommodation in Johannesburg or at OR Tambo Airport. The tour lasts 4 hours, so you will be dropped off around 1 p.m. The excursion takes place in a group of 2 to 12 people.
The first stop is the Soccer City Stadium which you may know from the World Cup in 2010. South Africans love football and this stadium plays an
Optionally you can have lunch at a shebeen in Vilakazi Street (± R75 p.p.) or at a restaurant with buffet (± R150 p.p.). Lunch is not included in the price for the excursion, consult with your guide about the possibilities.
The next stop is at the Chris Hani hospital, the largest hospital in the world. The hospital was originally intended for recovering British soldiers. In 1997 the name of the hospital changed from Baragwanath Hospital to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, to pay tribute to Chris Hani, the political leader of the African National Congress who was shot in 1993 by white extremists.
The tour continues along the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg. Here you can take a closer look at the beautifully painted cooling towers of the old power plant, which used to supply Johannesburg with electricity.
After this interesting and impressive day full of culture and history you will be brought back to your accommodation or to the airport. The precise route depends on the weather and the collection addresses.