Soweto, an abbreviation for South Western Township, is township that boarders Johannesburg’s mining belt. A variety of companies offer bus and walking tours of the township, which has become a popular destination for visitors staying in Johannesburg. The tours, which are given by locals, allow visitors to explore everyday life in Soweto as well as learn more about the history of the area.
Visiting the district of SowetoSoweto tours take visitors through the township to some of the area’s most prominent landmarks, museums and attractions. Travelers can find out more about the history of Soweto and its struggles with apartheid at the Hector Pieterson Museum. Visits to other historical landmarks, such as the former Kliptown squatter camps and the Regina Mundi church, can also be arranged as a part of a tour through the area.
Besides exploring the area’s history, the tour also showcases the trinkets available at the Bara Market and the impressive architecture of the buildings located in the area of Diepkloof. For those that are a little more adventurous, there is a thrill ride that is suspended between 2 cooling towers at an old power plant called the Soweto Tower Power Swing, which is sure to get your heart pumping.
The tours typically stop at the Rotos Shebeen, or one of the other many superb restaurants in the area, in order to provide a taste of the local cuisine.
After a long day exploring Soweto, relax at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton Johannesburg, which offers comfortable accommodations and a fully equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool and highly recommended Central One restaurant.