Tours & activities by Globe Media Ltd from Viator

  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
From GBP 43.06

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Gain insight into the history and culture of Soweto, the largest urban area of Johannesburg, on this 4-hour tour by coach or minivan. Hear about the role Soweto played in South Africa's apartheid movement as you visit the Mandela House, the Tutu House, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum and more. Your tour includes live onboard commentary and hotel pickup and drop-off.
After pickup from your hotel in Johannesburg's Sandton or Rosebank district, drive 12 miles (20 km) southwest of the city center to Soweto. The name of this urban settlement is derived from the acronym 'South Western Townships,' a cluster of townships created by the South African government in the 1930s during the apartheid movement.

Get an overview of Soweto's complex apartheid history as you drive around and see some of its most famous sights. Sprawling across a vast area bordering Johannesburg's mining belt, Soweto served as a workforce for the South African capital, until civil unrest broke out against the apartheid regime. Gain insight into these pivotal moments at the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, honoring the victims who died during the Soweto Uprising of 1976.

See the former houses of two Nobel Prize winners — the Mandela House and Tutu House — and learn about the leadership that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu took against the racial segregation of South Africa. You'll also see the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the world, occupying 173 acres (70 hectares) and containing nearly 3,200 beds.

At the end of your tour, you'll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from select hotels in Sandton and Rosebank, central Johannesburg
Departure Time:
4 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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Soweto Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Meet the resilient people of Soweto

  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Coaches are not wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets are available on coaches with a seating capacity of 28 to 44 passengers. There are no toilets on the 15-seater Sprinters and minivans. Vehicle used will depend on the number of passenger booked
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Leonard Anthony R, August 2016

We learned so much on this tour. Our guide Phineas was so knowledgeable not only about Soweto but the history of Johannesburg, he really made this day such a special experience for us. We would highly recommend this tour.

Reviewed by: Ian C, May 2016

Picked up from Garden Court O R Tambo, Very good half day seeing Soweto, made all the better by having the driver/guide 'James all to ourselves.