Duration: Approximately 3 ½ hours
Pick up: 09h00
Meet your friendly and very experienced local Sowetan tour guide.
Soccer City Via Diepkloof Ext
The venue hosted the opening and the final matches of the 2010 FIFA world cup, as well as other fixtures. It is nicknamed “The Calabash” because of the design. It is 95000 capacity stadium which is used for soccer, concerts and religious gatherings.
Enter Soweto via the upmarket area called Diepkloof extention where some of the houses costs millions. The area was allocated for black middle class during the times of Apartheid.
Diepkloof hostel was built by the Apartheid government in the 1970’s. The hostel was used as a single gender accommodation for migrant labourers. It is now used as an informal lodgings for family units.
The Royal Imperial Hospital (Baragwanath) was built in 1941 for British and commonwealth soldiers. It is the 3rd largest hospital in the world after the West China Hospital and Chang Gung Hospital. In 1948 it was renamed Baragwanath hospital. It is reputedly the largest hospital in the Southern hemisphere.
Baragwanath Taxi Rank
It is a Soweto transport interchange and trade market. Commuters would walk along the arcade from one public facility to the next, from one transport station to the next. As nearly 70% of all Soweto commuters used use the interchange because of its convenience.
Soweto Towers(Orlando Power Station)
Is a decommissioned hydro- electrical power stations in Soweto. These towers used to supply electricity to the north of Johannesburg. The two cooling towers are the prominent landmarks in Soweto. The towers are also used for Bungee and Base jumping from a platform between the top of two hours
Kliptown Squatter Camp or Ellias Motsoaledi
Clients get a chance to walk around the Kliptown Squatter Camp, as the guide gives a tour about the area. The squatter camp was developed in 1903, but still today, the residents are living in a poverty stricken environment.
This is where the freedom Charter was drafted in 1955 by the Congress of the People of which our constitution is based upon. Kliptown is the oldest residential district of Soweto was first laid out in 1891. Regina Mundi ( latin word “Queen of the World”)Is the largest Roman Catholic Church in South Africa. It is often referred to as “the people’s church” or the people’s cathedral”. It can accommodation the congregants of up 2000 some standing.
A highlight of a visit to Soweto is a delicious lunch at one of the well run restaurants patronized by both tourists and locals alike, offering typical “township” favourites including dombolo (steamed bread), morogo (spinach), Umngqusho (Xhosa samp and beans better known as umaduma ezinqeni which is Nelson Mandela’s favourite dish), Mogodu (tripe) and a variety of meats, salads and vegetables. Desserts and drinks are not included.
Hector Peterson museum
After lunch the trip continues to the neighbouring suburb of Orlando West & the Hector Peterson Memorial.
Visit the fascinating museum which is a state of the art multi media centre depicting scenes leading up to the student uprising of 1976 and the eventual transition to democracy in South Africa.
Mandela Family House
We then visit the newly revamped Mandela House and Visitors Centre in famous Vilakazi Street which is filled with many interesting artefacts and memorabilia pertaining to South Africa’s greatest icon.
You go back having experienced the township life in its many forms.
Note: if any of these extra options are included then some of the original tour programme may have to be taken out so we can fit in with time restraints.
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