Don't watch Soweto, be part of Soweto

Johannesburg, South Africa

Experience hosted by Ntsiki

  1. 5.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Once-in-a-lifetime
Guests say it's special and unique.
Expertise and insight
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What you'll do

We will begin by going to Vilakazi Street to experience both the historical and current happenings of Soweto. We will go to Mr. Nelson Mandela's house and Mr. Desmond Tutu's home, and also to Mrs. Winnie Madikizela Mandela's home, where I will explain how Soweto started and when and why it was built. We will visit the Shova Lifestyle store, Vilakazi Curio shop shops that have given young and old Sowetans and South Africans platform to make money trough selling crafts ,hand made handbags ,t -shirts also help you understand the making of a new history. We will go to the Hector Pieterson Museum to learn about the Soweto student uprising that became a turning point in South African history. We will then have lunch Kota ( a local delicacy .Then we take a taxi ride will pass in different location that are very important we will even stop in certain area , including one at an informal restaurant to taste local delicacies that were also a big part of the hostels and their violent history. We will then go to the Walter Sisulu Square of dedication in Kliptown the oldest part of Soweto and where the freedom charter was written (this document ended up being the basis of our constitution)
Other things to note
You may have read that Soweto is dangerous, but I can say that Soweto is not so bad. It's not perfect, but it is safer than many European cities. Sowetan people have "ubuntu"—a humanity toward others.
We will begin by going to Vilakazi Street to experience both the historical and current happenings of Soweto. We will go to Mr. Nelson Mandela's house and Mr. Desmond Tutu's home, and also to Mrs. Winnie Madikizela Mandela's home, where I will explain how Soweto started and when and why it was built. We will visit the Shova Lifestyle store, Vilakazi Curio shop shops that have given young and old Sowetans and South Africans platform to make money…

What's included

  • Food
    Food and some transport

Meet your Host, Ntsiki

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 449 Reviews
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My experience as a tour guide makes me a qualified host because tourism has always been about showing hospitality through history and culture. Music, dance, and food are a very important part of South African history. People have always found that music can be their voice if the normal way of communicating is not working. I do not give you an audiobook experience of Soweto I invite you to be part of the love and humanity Soweto is . I am fortunate enough to have been born in Soweto—the home of our freedom charter but most of all allow you to be part of the writing of the now Sowetan history.Plus I use to be a Tour Guide in one of the greatest tour companies in Johannesburg Lebo's Soweto Back Packers.
My experience as a tour guide makes me a qualified host because tourism has always been about showing hospitality through history and culture. Music, dance, and food are a very important part of South African history. People have always found that music can be their voice if the normal way of communicating is not working. I do not give you an audiobook experience of Soweto I invite you to be part of the love and humanity Soweto is . I am fortunate enough to have been born in Soweto—the home of o…
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$32 per person
$32 per person
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Where you'll be

We'll first go to the home of Mrs. Winnie Mandela, where I will explain the history of Soweto. We will visit Mr. Tutu's home and then Mr. Mandela's house, where I will explain his life and part in the South African history. We will also go to Shova Lifestyle, where we will see and talk about the current youth of Soweto. We will visit the Hector Pieterson Museum to learn about the youth of 1976. We will travel by taxi to most of the locations.

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 449 reviews.

Euginia
December 2021
We had a blast. Very Lovely people, it was a highlight in our stay in Johannesburg. I highly recommend Ntsiki and Ayanda :)
Stephanie
November 2021
This tour is a must!! Ntsiki is amazing. My parents and I had a wonderful time with her and we learned so much about Soweto: Not just from a historical view but from a personal one. Ntsiki has a captivating way of explaining things. We had a fantastic time with her.
Marty
November 2021
We are a family of eight people. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Ntsiki made us feel very welcome. Her passion for Soweto is very evident. She was happy to answer any questions we had. It was very educational and we highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn about the history and culture of Soweto and South Africa.
Youssef
November 2021
N’hésitez pas!! Merci, merci et encore merci. De nous avoir fait découvrir Soweto à votre façon. Vous nous avez captivé dans la narration et on s’est senti voyager dans le temps et dans l’histoire de Soweto. Une très belle rencontre, et une envie de nous apprendre tellement de choses sur votre magnifique région
Fabien
November 2021
I had an amazing experience with Ntsiki! She’s extremely knowledgeable, inspiring and passionate. I couldn’t have hoped for a best way to discover Soweto and its history
Nanee
November 2021
An amazing experience! Very thorough and detailed, I learned a lot and received great insight. As a solo female traveler, I felt safe and very comfortable. If you’re debating, this is confirmation to book this experience, you will enjoy it!

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Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests must be of legal drinking age to be served alcohol.
Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Pocket money
Jersey
Sun hat
Sun glasses

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.