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Was great to be able to explore a place with such historic relevance for South Africa. The Mandela house, the Hector Pieterson museum, etc were all fascinating and the variety of crafts and restaurants were great. Particularly enjoyed the bike tour done on the first day which gave us both a visual and historic background to the area.
South Western Township, or Soweto as it’s fondly known, is regarded as the most metropolitan township in the whole of South Africa. There is something inherent about Soweto which exudes culture, heritage, history, adventure and spirit. When one thinks of Soweto, one immediately thinks of South African political heroes such as Nelson Mandela and Hector Pieterson. But Soweto is so much more than just a piece of history. It’s an experience which words can’t do justice to.
Soweto is also renowned for its inception of the genre of kwaito music, a combination of house music, American hip-hop, and traditional African music extremely popular with black South African youth. In addition, Soweto also boasts thought-provoking art-work and exhibitions which illustrate its diverse and unique culture and history.
If you as a tourist ever take a trip down to Johannesburg, it is practically implied that you will make a tour of Soweto during your stay. One does not get the full measure of the South African experience without visiting this historical gem. Visit the celebrated Apartheid Museum; it will literally feel like you’ve gone back in time into South Africa’s history regarding the struggle against Apartheid. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum, in honour of Hector Pieterson, a young boy who was killed during the Sharpeville Massacre. Try tasty South African cuisine at Wandies, a restaurant-bar within the township which is a must within the ultimate tour of Soweto. One visit to Soweto will completely change your perspective on history, culture and travel.