The Soweto Township is a melting pot of South African cultures and considered to be a vibrant and energetic hub, which will ignite your senses. If you want to immerse yourself in true South African culture, then visiting the township of Soweto will prove to be the best choice.
It is believed that for any visitor a tour of Soweto is a must, which will help in experiencing the vibrant street life and witness some historical sites. South Africa’s most famous township, the Soweto was once a home to both Nobel Prize Winners- Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, which is today loved for the rich culture, great local music and social scene of Soweto that will leave you mesmerized.
Here are the top reasons that inspire every tourist to visit the wonderful Soweto Township in South Africa:
1. Meet The Friendly People:
You will find the friendliest people in Soweto and enjoy a great hospitality. On your Soweto tour (half day) , you can see people chatting, dancing and singing (local songs), which give an authentic experience and help in learning about the vibrant township culture.
2. Know about the Historical Inspiration:
The Soweto Township is full of historical inspiration, where it will be inspiring to see the houses of two Nobel prize winners on a small lane. While driving past the Vilakazi Street, you will come across the houses of the former president Nelson Mandela and Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
3. Witness an Iconic Site- Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum:
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is located in Orlando West, Soweto, where the famous Soweto uprising took place on June 16, 1976. In this event, it was observed that how school pupils protest on the streets against the use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. Here, you will come past to see the iconic and heart warming photograph of a dying 13-year old Hector Pieterson, cradled in the arms of a fellow school pupil (after being shot by the police).
4. Must See- The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital:
This hospital is known as the third largest hospital in the world that occupies around 173 acres and has approximately 3’200 beds and about 6’760 staff members. One of the must see attractions in Soweto- The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital specializes in providing the highest level of patient care administered with empathy and insight and sound scientific principles.
5. Historic Tourist Attraction- The Regina Mundi Church:
The largest Catholic church in South Africa, the Regina Mundi Church is considered to be the most important part of rich Soweto history, as it played a major role in the struggle for freedom. It is believed that in the apartheid era the Regina Mundi Church opened its doors to the anti-apartheid groups and provided shelter to the activists. Also during the 1976 uprisings in Soweto, many protesting students fled to the Regina Mundi Church to escape the police bullets and tear gas canisters. By visiting this church, you can see the bullet holes fired by the police who followed the students into the church.
6. Walter Sisulu Square in Klipton:
This square embraces a unique historical background, South African culture and modern urbanization in Soweto, which attracts tourists and visitors from all over the world.
7. Mandela’s Museum or House in Vilakazi Street:
This is a world class visitor attraction in the Vilakazi Street of Soweto Township, which is a centre of preservation, presentation and research of history, heritage and legacy of the World renowned Mandela family.
8. Desmond Tutu’s House:
The world famous Desmond Tutu’s House is on Vilakazi Street in Soweto, which is registered as a part of Johannesburg’s historical heritage.
9. Vilakazi Street:
At this world famous street, you will find the houses of two famous Noble Prize winners- Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
10. Orlando Towers:
Here you will find a collection of adventurous activities that leave you thrilled. Tourists love to indulge here in an exhilarating bungee jumping activity.
To experience and explore the Soweto Township, you need a reliable assistance of knowledgeable and experienced tour guides who will educate you about the significance of Soweto’s every site that will result in an authentic travel experience. In this case, you can simply rely on one of the leading and most reputable South African based tour operator- Mount Zion Tours and Travels.
You can consider booking our guided Half day Soweto tour- http://www.mountziontours.co.za/package/half-day-soweto-tour/ or Full Day Johannesburg & Soweto tour- http://www.mountziontours.co.za/package/full-day-johannesburg-soweto-tour/ to have utmost fun and enjoy the convenience.