Soweto Tourism, South Africa

Visit Soweto - Best of Soweto

Away from the cacophony of Johannesburg and infused with rich history, this beautiful small South West township is a must visit for people who are looking beyond the sun, sea and money. With remarkable historical sites, shebeens, cozy accommodations and restaurants options aplenty, Soweto has turned into a tourist attraction for visitors across the world. Whether you are looking for a day tour outside Johannesburg or for a long stay – Soweto is a perfect destination for friendship, love and exploration.  

If you flip through the history of South Africa, Soweto has played a significant role in the struggle against the Apartheid. The Hector Pieterson Museum and the Memorial is one of the remarkable examples of the cruel past Soweto had faced while revolting against Apartheid on 16th June, 1976. Not to forget the residence of former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela where you get to know more about South African history. This fact has probably helped the city to mark its place on the world map. Besides, with vibrant lifestyle and ample opportunities for travelers who are looking for a perfect adrenaline rush, Soweto tourism has hit the highest point in the country.  For instance, Orland Tower is a vertical adventure facility where you get to enjoy some exciting adventures like bungee jumping, swinging and rap jumping.  If you are not a typical adventure junkie, just take a look at the tower. The artistic murals on the walls of the towers deserve to be captured in your camera.

However, many people still have the notion that Soweto is still stuck in the Dark Ages. A visit to this township will show that Soweto has come a long way. The broad roads, street lights and shopping malls depict the perfect metropolitan city face of Soweto. In order to enjoy its spectacular sights, walking is the best option to choose one.

Soweto Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Soweto tips for your visit

  • If you are exploring the city on foot, make sure you take the help of a guide to know the streets better.

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Facts and Stats for Soweto*

  • Pollution Statistics in Soweto

    Know the pollution level of Soweto before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 58.55 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 56.43 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 52.9 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.31 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 31.69 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 51.81 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.66 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.79 (Moderate)
  • Soweto: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Soweto for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Soweto.

    • Burglary and Theft 78.11 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 79.13 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.12 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 89.69 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 76.15 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 80.43 (Very High)
    • Attacks 73.84 (High)
    • Drug offense 70.03 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 32.25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 9.53 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 63.91 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 67.23 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 80.98 (Very High)
  • Living in Soweto - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Soweto is 142.29 (High)

    • Safety Index 21.33 (Low)
    • Climate Index 91.38 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.5 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.84 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 51.85 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 61.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.73 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 119.77 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Soweto

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Soweto

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.14 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.65 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 88.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 61.53 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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