1. Orlando Towers
Orlando Power Station known as Orlando Towers is a decommissioned coal fired power station in Soweto. The power station was specially made at the end of the Second World War and served Johannesburg for over 50 years. Orlando Towers turned into most distinctive landmarks in Soweto and the site of the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers. If you’re an adventure seeker, then Orlando tours is a must see for you.
2. HECTOR PIETERSON MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum situated in Orlando West, Soweto. The Memorial and Museum were established in order to honor the role of the country’s students in the struggle against apartheid. The two commemorative sites are just few blocks from where Hector Peterson was shot in 16 June 1976. Those who want to learn more about South African history based on the incident that took place in 1976 in Soweto, you to visit Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum.
3. MANDELA HOUSE
The house of former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela is now called the Mandela Family Museum, is one of the attractions in Soweto. Visiting this house, you will get the opportunity to learn an authentic history about Nelson Mandela’s life before prison and after. This house consists of four inter-leading rooms, paintings and photographs of Mandela’s family as well as a gathering of honorary doctorates bestowed on Nelson Mandela from universities and institutions around the world.
4. REGINA MUNDI CHURCH
Regina Mundi to be found in Rockville in the middle of Soweto is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. This church wrote its name in South Africa’s history books during apartheid when it opened doors to protesting students during 1976 Soweto student uprisings. Protesters fled to Regina Mundi from Orlando Stadium to run away from the police’s bullets and teargas containers. This church was constructed in 1964 and forms part of the rich history of Soweto.
Kliptown is the oldest area in Soweto, well-known as the site known as the Congress of the People, where 3000 people gathered together in 1955 to write the Freedom Charter. It later served as the basis for South Africa’s liberal constitution. In the heart of Kliptown, you can find a museum called “Kliptown Open Air Museum’’ which forms part of the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, a historical museum in Soweto that includes informal traders, art galleries, shops and a hotel.
6. VILAKAZI STREET
Vilakazi Street is probably the most renowned street the Soweto. Vilakazi is the only street in the world that have housed two Nobel Prize winners- the former President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. At the present, the Vilakazi Street has become fully visitor-friendly, with public art, memorials and benches. Visitors can experience this street as a place to stroll, to take pleasure in the newly planted trees and to admire the new artworks.
7. CHRIS HANI BARAGWANATH ACADEMIC HOSPITAL
Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is the third largest hospital in the world after the School of Medicine, Sichuan University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou. This hospital occupies around 173 acres (0.70 km2), with approximately 3200 beds and about 6760 staff members. Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital is one of the well-known landmarks in Soweto.
Soweto sheeben tours give visitors a unique way to experience the culture and friendliness of the Soweto people. During Apartheid era sheebens in Soweto were convenient informal meeting places for some politicians to gather and debate while at the same time listening to some jazz music. Some of the sheebens in Soweto are selling the African traditional beer “Umqombothi”, beers and other types of liquors.
Soweto offers the best restaurants that attract most of the tourists from all over the world. Eating out in Soweto offers a true dining experience and a taste of township life where you will find wonderful restaurants. There are a number of restaurants to choose from in Soweto, the famous Wandies Place, Chaf Pozi and Sakhumzi’s in Vilakazi Street are among them.
10. ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
There are many adventure activities that attract most of the people to visit Soweto. Most of the popular adventure activities in Soweto include Quad Biking and Bungee Jump. These two adventure activities draw attention of visitors not to leave Soweto without experiencing them. The Quad Biking takes place in the awesome dusty streets of Soweto while Bungee Jump is done at Orlando Towers between the two cooling towers. Other adventure activities include paintball and boating.