Guided tour

Johannesburg: Soweto Half-Day Tour

4.5 / 5

73 reviews

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours
Guided tour

Johannesburg: Soweto Half-Day Tour

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours

From US$ 61.36 per person

Ready to visit a city within a city? Ready to experience photogenic, bustling Soweto? On this half-day tour to Soweto, your guide will take you through all the hot-spots of Soweto, as you enjoy a tour which takes you deep into the township culture.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup is available from your Johannesburg accommodation.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Drive along Vilakazi Street
  • See the homes of Nobel peace prize winner Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela
  • Drive past the Mandela House Museum
  • Visit an informal settlement
  • Drive past the Baragwanath Taxi Rank
Full description
After being collected from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre-departure tour briefing, before you depart for Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto, you will pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. You will then enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you will then visit Vilakazi Street, where you will drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela, and past the current home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will also have the opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising that occurred on the 16th of June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this Soweto tour you will pass by the Mandela House, giving you an opportunity to take photos of the father of Africa’s residence. A visit into the museum is also optional (at an extra cost and payable on arrival). You will continue your Soweto tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you will get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. You will then drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University, and end your tour with a view of the largest hospital in the world: the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
  • Transfers in a comfortable vehicle
  • Pickup in Johannesburg
  • Entrance to Hector Pieterson Museum
  • Entrance into the Regina Mundi Church
  • Vilakazi Street
  • View of Mandela House in Soweto
  • View Desmond Tutu House and Winnie Mandela House
  • Visit to an information settlement
  • Views of the Soweto cooling towers
  • Views to the Baragwaneth Hospital
  • Free onboard uncapped WiFi
  • Food
  • Personal purchases
  • Entrance fees to the Nelson Mandela House Museum

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4.5 /5

based on 73 reviews

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Overall, the tour was good. The guide was very well spoken and knowledgeable. He made sure we were comfortable the whole time. My only disappointment is, I wish it was mentioned on the tour description that we were going to visit a kindergarten in Soweto. We were handed with another tour guide in soweto to walk around for about 15mins and he told us that if we would like to give a little token to the school kids then there is a mini store in front where we ended the walking tour. To be honest, I would love to except that this store robbed you on your face, pricing a 20-30pieces small bag of chips for 180rand (11usd). I bought it anyway since there were not much choice and I really wanted to give something. If only they mentioned this part of the itinerary, then I would have bought from the grocery before going to the tour.

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April 1, 2023

It took a visit from our grandson who lives overseas to ignite our interest in taking this half day tour of Soweto, and we were most impressed by it. A huge advantage was that we were fetched from our residence and taken back home. I was impressed at the level of communication from the organisers. our guide, Michael, was friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. We felt that we had an authentic experience, and in all, thoroughly enjoyed the morning.

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April 1, 2023

Very interesting experience, we got to know many things about Soweto. The only thing i did not like was visiting the inside of the peoples homes. The way they live is so poor and in some way invading their privacy seems to me just morbid. I would suggest not doing it.

April 1, 2023

Product ID: 221091