SOWETO & JOHANNESBURG CITY TOUR (Full day +- 8hrs)
Hours allocated include travelling time.
We combine Soweto and Johannesburg tour to give guests an opportunity to learn more about History, Culture and to compare City life with Township life.
In Soweto, the guided tour will take you through key Tourist attractions. We do the tour of Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum. The tour proceed to the Popular Vilakazi street where Mandela House is situated. Soweto has a rich History of the liberation struggle in South Arica.
Post the 1994 Democratic Election, Soweto has become a place of vibrancy, friendship and contrast. In Johannesburg we do the tour of the Constitution Hill where the South African Constitutional Court is situated.
From Constitution Hill we pass Mandela bridge down town Johannesburg. The array of shops and bustling crowds in Johannesburg make it a great place to feel the vibe of the city.
Pick up points:
Pick up times: Daily- 9h30 week days, 9h00 weekends and Public holidays
Minimum: 1 Person
Package rate inclusions:
Sakhumzi restaurant buffet lunch (optional)
Sakhumzi Restaurant in Vilakazi Street Soweto, is serving South African Cuisine Buffet lunch in the form of dumplings, Rice, Pap, Sump and Tripe. Other meals served include Mutton, Beef, Chicken, fish, Vegetables and Salad and desert. The restaurant caters for individuals, Leisure groups, Corporate groups and Team building groups. Give us an opportunity to organise buffet lunch for your leisure or corporate group
Soweto Tour Details
Soweto is the melting pot of South African Urban Culture and history. It is the must-see for tourists who are looking to see more than the big 5.
Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum
Hector Peterson Memorial museum is named after Hector (Pitso) Pieterson a 12 year old boy who was the first child to be killed on the 16th June 1976 during Students’ uprisings. The memorial interprets the Memory, Legacy and History of the 1976 National uprisings. Since its establishment in 2002 it has developed a diverse collection of Oral testimonies, Historical documents and the Material culture of the uprisings. Flea markets selling curios, beaded work, African clothing and many more are available in Vilakazi Street and at Hector Peterson Museum.
We visit Vilakazi Street, a popular attraction with the Historical. Significance.Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners once lived. The houses of the two Nobel Prize Winners: Late President Mandela and Arch-Bishop Emeritus Tutu are situated in this famous street.
Mandela Museum HouseMandela House in Vilakazi Street Soweto was built in 1945 by Johannesburg City Council .Mandela lived in this house before his life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela’s former house provides an effective, efficient and meaningful experience to all visitors, informing them of the former President Nelson Mandela's story in the context of his life as a whole, in a manner that promotes Human rights, Democracy, Reconciliation, Mutual respect and Tolerance amongst the people of South Africa.
City of Johannesburg Tour Details
Johannesburg was established in 1886 on the discovery of Gold. Johannesburg, affectionately called Jo'burg, Jozi, and E'Goli, the "city of gold," is the financial and industrial metropolis of South Africa, built on a rich history of gold mining Johannesburg started developing in December 1886 with the discovery of Gold. The city is named after the two officials who worked in land surveying; Johannes Joubert and Johannes Rissik. The population of the City grew rapidly, becoming a Municipality in 1897. In 2002 it joined ten other municipalities to form the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. Today, it is a centre for learning and entertainment for all of Africa. Johannesburg is the capital of Gauteng Province.
Overlooking the City of Johannesburg is the Constitution Hill.
Constitution Hill is a former prison that provides fascinating insight into South Africa's history.
It is the sight of the Notorious Old Fort Prison complex, commonly known as NUMBER FOUR, where thousands of ordinary criminals and Political Prisoners were brutally punished before the dawn of Democracy in 1994. Most of South Africa's leading Political activists, including Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela were detained here.
Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here before his Rivonia Trial in 1964.
Constitution Hill is the new home of the Constitutional Court. The old Awaiting Trial building has been transformed into the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a symbol of freedom, which works to protect the rights of the entire nation's people. The first court session in the new building at this location was held in February 2004. Guided tours of Constitutional Hill offer valuable insight into its rich history.
Nelson Mandela Bridge is linking Braamfontein to the Johannesburg City centre. The bridge was designed by the two architects; Steve Thorne and Gordon Gibson, in 1993 in their urban design study of the Inner City of Johannesburg. They named the bridge the Nelson Mandela Bridge in recognition of the role Nelson Mandela was having in uniting South African society and the symbolism of linkage and unity provided by the bridge.
It was completed in 2003, and cost R102-120 million to build. The proposal for the bridge was to link up two main business areas of Braamfontein and Newtown as well as to rejuvenate and to a certain level modernise the inner city. The bridge was constructed over 42 railway lines without disturbing railway traffic and is 284 metres long.