Walking in Soweto

Soweto, South Africa

Experience hosted by Phiwe

4 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food, drinks, and transportation

What you'll do

We'll stop first at FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City, before we make our way to the Welcome Sign of Soweto to take pictures at Diepkloof Soweto. Then off to the Diepkloof Migrant Workers Hostel will be next, to see how the migrant workers used to stay. We'll then go to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the third largest hospital in the world. We'll see Orlando Towers, which stand as the largest landmark of Soweto, and we'll take a little stop at the Hector Pierterson Museum to learn more about the student uprising which took place on 1976. We'll walk the famous Vilakazi Street, home of both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela—the world's only two Nobel Peace Prize Winners to have lived on the same street. I'll take you to Credo Mutwa Cultural Village—Kwa khaya Lendaba and Ophenheimer tower. Credo Mutwa the traditional healer, renowned philosopher, and famous for some of the worlds deadliest predictions like the USA twin tower bombing and HIV and AIDS. We'll also go to Oppenheimer Tower for a 360-degree view of Soweto and get to climb the 49 steps of the tower being a symbol of the 49 townships and houses which the Ophenheimer family played a role in building in Soweto.
Other things to note
Wear proper walking shoes. Please pay with South African currency for bookings. Wear cloths in condition with the weather,backpacks as they come essential when shopping at local markets.
We'll stop first at FNB Stadium, also known as Soccer City, before we make our way to the Welcome Sign of Soweto to take pictures at Diepkloof Soweto. Then off to the Diepkloof Migrant Workers Hostel will be next, to see how the migrant workers used to stay. We'll then go to the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the third largest hospital in the world. We'll see Orlando Towers, which stand as the largest landmark of Soweto, and we'll take a little…

What's included

  • Food
    Our lunch packages cater for diets and preferences of clients and still giv...
  • Drinks
    Beverages
  • Transportation
    We'll be walking, but I will provide for any necessary local taxis.

Meet your host, Phiwe

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 55 Reviews
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I was born and bred in Soweto—the largest township in the southern hemisphere—and grew up moving around its streets. That’s how my love of showing visitors around and wanting to teach them South African history from a local's perspective evolved. I hosted Derek Hanekom minister of tourism for his first-time visit to Soweto and also, Basetsana Kumalo, the former Miss South Africa and I've been featured on a article on The New York Times Newspaper.
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Where you'll be

I personally love the history and significance of the Hector Pieterson Memorial, which reflects the Class of 1976's protest against the laws introduced by the Apartheid Government and the abolishment of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. Vilakazi Street home of the only two Nobel Peace Prize winners in the world found living in one street, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Mpilo Tutu. Orlando Towers standing as the tallest landmark of Soweto.

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 55 reviews.

Lelis
August 2021
I enjoyed the tour so so much! I learned not only about the history of the place but also about the community. I felt very safe during the whole trip. I highly recommend it!
Leah
July 2021
A great experience in West Orlando Soweto learnt alot about the history of Soweto and all the great people who lived and still live in this beautiful neighborhood.I would recommend this tour to anyone .Phiwe was great company and a good tour guide.Asante sana from Kenya.
Durdica
December 2020
Phiwe was a very charismatic, knowledgeable and thoughtful guide! Although we visited amidst the Covid pandemic, he ensured we got the most out of our experience and showed us all of the main sites alongside others we weren't expecting to come across or hadn't known about. During our walk through the various neighbourhoods, many of Phiwe's friends and neighbors greeted us and we got to meet his father and grandmother. Additionally, we received complimentary drinks and delicious local food. Safety did not feel like a concern throughout our entire stay with him. It was certainly a worth-while, enjoyable and education experience - thanks Phiwe!
Durdica
December 2020
Phiwe was a wonderful tour guide - he was flexible to our needs, personalized our tour, and even introduced us to his family. Despite the COVID circumstances, the experience was of great quality and is recommended. Thank you again for the experience, Phiwe, and all the best.
Aidan
December 2020
phiwe is great!
Mira
January 2020
Phiwe is a very outgoing person and knows a lot about the neighborhood. I took this tour by myself and he made me feel safe. Definitely recommend this tour if you want to see soweto!

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

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