Soweto, South Africa
Welcome to Soweto, South Africa:
Soweto is a township in Johannesburg and Soweto was created in 1930, when the White government started to separate the Blacks from Whites. Soweto then came to the largest Black cities in South Africa, it also had an experience of the struggle against the apartheid regime being in the 1976 Soweto Uprising. The first residence of Soweto was located in the area called Kliptown in 1905. Kliptown is known as the Congress of the People, where 3000 people gathered in 1995 to write The Freedom Charter, a statement of Core Values which were used as a foundation of the current South Africa Constitution regarded by many as the most progressive in the world.
The culture of Hip Hop, Kwaito, and Kasi Rap originated in Soweto, however, Soweto has their own television channel Soweto Tv and a media platform Jozi Fm. To this day Soweto has been a developed township that opened Soweto Theatre in Jabulani showcasing new artistic talent, hosting Soweto Wine Festival, and social events such as Seven Colour Sunday putting together the craft and art. This beautiful township is home to Kaizer Cheifs and the host of the Soweto Derby football match. Discover Soweto filled with welcoming and friendly people.
Why go to Soweto:
- Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum established in honor of the students who were shot by police during the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976
- June 16 Memorial Acre honor the lives lost while protesting during 16 June 1976 and was officially opened on the 38th anniversary located in Soweto
- Mandela House Museum learn about Nelson Mandela's history before and after prison
- Kliptown and Walter Sisulu Square is known as Congress of the People, where 3000 people gathered in 1955 to write The Freedom Charter
- Regina Mundi Church the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa and opened doors to protesting students during 1976
- Visit Motsoaledi Soweto informal settlement known as Mandela Village, take a walk with our representative to visit one of the community households
- Chis Hani Baragwanath hospital the third largest hospital in the world
- Vilakazi Street home to the Mandela House and Archbishop Desmond Tutu House, with restaurants along the street and artwork. Vilakazi Street is also home to the best affordable bed and breakfast accommodation
- Adventure at Soweto Towers the worlds first bungee jump between the two cooling towers
- Soweto Shebeen Tour informal meeting place where the people of Soweto meet to discuss politics and listen to Jazz music drinking the African traditional beer
- Credo Mutwa Cultural Village an outdoor exhibition of a traditional healer who predicted the future with the sculptures created
- Oppenheimer Tower built using bricks from demolished houses, the tower offers panoramic views of the township
- Explore Soweto on a bicycle or a tuk-tuk tour
- Visit Lebo's Backpackers for Storytelling taking place every last Thursday evening of the month sharing stories of Soweto
- Johannesburg Gold Rush mine and Soweto tour
- A combination of Soweto and Lion Park tour
Best of Soweto:
Discover Soweto and visit the world's famous Vilakazi street, it is home to 2 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Nelson Mandela House, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Mandela House welcomes visitors from all over the world while Desmond Tutu still has a home in Vilakazi Street. The street holds the memory of Hector Peterson who was shot by the police during the Student Uprising in 1976. The image of Hector Pieterson was taken by Sam Nzima which led to 12-year-old Hector an icon in the struggling fight again the apartheid government. However, today the street is an iconic landmark for tourists all over the world with authentic restaurants, backpacker hostels.
Credo Mutwa Cultura Village is a unique representation of African mythology, built in the 1970s by a traditional healer and sculptor Credo Mutwa. View the entire incredible township by climbing the nearby Oppenheimer Tower built by Ernest Oppenheimer, it is 49 steps made by bricks using ashes. The Soweto Towers used to be Orlando power station dated back to the 1930s, you can now bungee-jump from the bridge that has been installed between the 2 cooling towers. Explore Soweto with a bicycle ride or tuk-tuk experience at Lebo's Backpackers, or be part of the Outdoor Kitchen experience where you are being thought how to cook the traditional way in potijes - cast iron pots. However, you can join the last Thursday evening experience of the month listening to amazing stories around the fire.
- Discover the history of Soweto during the apartheid
- Vilakzi Street tour home to the world's 2 noble peace prize
- Guided tour to Motsoaledi Soweto informal settlement
- Regina Mundi Church played 2 important roles including opening doors to Soweto Uprising and Archbishop Desmond Tutu took over the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing
- Explore Soweto on a bicycle or a tuk-tuk tour
- Safari combination to Lion Park
- Johannesburg and Soweto Tour
- Apartheid Museum and Soweto Tour
- Local Shebeen experience
- Panoramic view of the township at Oppenheimer Tower
- Adventure lovers at Soweto Towers
- Gold Rush mine to Hector Pieterson Museum
- Local restaurant lunch at Vilakzi Street
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