Learn about Soweto during Apartheid, the freedom fighters’ struggle for freedom, political icons, and today’s life and culture in a democratic South Africa.
On this educational and exciting day out, you will be introduced to Soweto’s famous historical sites as well as some of the hidden spots around the area. See the new developments that are happening today, led by a knowledgeable tour guide who will explain about Soweto’s history and what it’s really like to live here now.
Your day tour includes:
- Transfers from Aloe Lane Guest Lodge to your tour start-point
- A dedicated tour guide for the day
- A guided Tuk-Tuk tour of Soweto’s historical sites, including:
- Nelson Mandelas home
- The Sharpeville Riots Museum
- Vilikazi Street and other local cultural locations
- Lunch at a local restaurant or shebeen – a traditional South African township pub
- Transfers back to the Lodge
Your guide will also introduce you the area of Orlando West and take you around the neighbouring communities. Learn some of the local phrases and then cruise around greeting people, get to know the history and how these communities are today. Visit the former migrant workers’ hostel Mzimhlophe and experience how they used to live, then taste the home brewed beer together with the locals at the shebeen – a traditional South African township pub.
As part of the day you can also experience a cool one hour Tuk-Tuk ride, as well as being taken around some of the small streets of the township, stopping at food, fruit and snack stalls – to truly experience the taste of Soweto. Then wash it all down with a drink or two back at the famous Lebo’s bar!
If heights are your thing, as part of this day trip you can also visit one of the most distinctive landmarks in Soweto – Orlando Towers. Originally the site of a coal fired power station, these cooling towers have been redeveloped as a ‘vertical adventure centre’, offering the world’s highest SCAD freefall and the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers.