Private Guided Soweto Historical Day Tour

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Quick Info: 

Within this tour, you will further learn about the Soweto Uprising that simplifies a peaceful protest from the black students; in the quest for a better education. The uprising began in the early morning of 16 June 1976. This led to June, 16 as a day to commemorate the student that partook in the protest and lost their lives; in South Africa, it is considered to be ‘Youth Day’. As part of our Soweto Tour, we view FNB Soccer Stadium known as Soccer City built carrying a great element of “Calabash or African Pot” located in Nasrec out of Soweto. We continue to stop for a photo opportunity at the “Welcome To Soweto” sign in Diepkloof. As we proceed through Diepkloof expensive houses known by the locals as “Diepkloof Expensive”, we encounter a hostel build for Black Men mostly populated by the Zulu tribe. The hostels still keep the old bricks that were used to build houses in Soweto and pit latrines used by 5 families or more. We continue driving past Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital was later renamed in 1997 in honor of a hero struggle who fought alongside Nelson Mandela for democratic change in South Africa. Thereafter we make way to Hector Peterson Museum, honoring the Soweto Uprisings on 16 June 1976. Those hundreds of children and youth lost their lives while protesting against the Apartheid education system. Proceed to Vilakazi Street a well-known street for local restaurants and home to two Nobel Prize winners namely the late first black South African President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Visit the Nelson Mandela House where he spent a couple of nights upon his release after 27 years of imprisonment with his late former wife Winnie Mandela. Orlando West also stands as one of the townships in South Africa which fought against the difficulties of apartheid. 

Do This Because 

Soweto is filled with culture and history, upholds the apartheid history of the Soweto Uprising, and home to Nelson Mandela as well as Archbishop Desmond Tutu. During your visit to Soweto, you will encounter a number of developments for the locals and friendly people. Enjoy pick-up and drop-off at your hotel by our dedicated driver/guide on this private tour. 


  • View the stadium where the opening and closing of the 2010 World Cup happened
  • Visit Vilakazi Street
  • See the largest hospital in Africa - Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
  • Visit Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Explore Kliptown informal Settlement 
  • Interact with the locals and taste African Beer 
  • Personalized tour with driver-guide in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle with Wi-Fi

Inclusions and Exclusions

What's Included: 

  • English speaking guide 
  • Vehicle and fuel
  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Entrance fees:
    • Hector Pieterson Museum
    • Mandela House
    • Apartheid Museum - Closed due to COVID-19

What's Excluded:

  • All meals and drinks 
  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Other entrance fees 
  • Items of personal nature
  • accommodation

Additional Info

Know Before You Go:

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Infants seats are available - Write in the notes how many seats and age(s) of kids
  • Stroller accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible at certain attractions 
  • Near public transport
  • Children below 15 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate

What to Bring:

  • A jacket or a jersey as the weather can change at any time
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Cash - South African currency (ZAR) and all major credits cards are accepted at places of interests
  • Sunscreen and a hat or a small umbrella
  • Camera or a full charged cellphone to capture memorable moments
Language(s) Spoken
Cut off: 12 hours
Booking in advance
Experience endurance level
8 Hours
Tour Duration
Private Sightseeing Tour
Tour Type
Minimum Number of passengers is: 2
Know before you go
100% refund when canceling 7 days prior to the tour starting time
Easy Cancellation Policy

1 Reviews

Mark and the team

Reviewd - 2 years ago

Amazing Soweto

Guys at Canaways tours, you are really amazing in particular the tour guide Nzeki... Nzeki, Nzeki... your humor and entertainment are out of this earth. Thank you and wish you all the best guys. I recommend you guys as gurus of the ground in Soweto... promiss to book you when we happen to be in joburg again.... Nzeki, Nzeki, Nzeki...

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