Soweto Tourism

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.

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

    • Air Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 55.61 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 51.56 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.43 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 30.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 52.04 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 49.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 48.96 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Soweto for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Soweto.

    • Burglary and Theft 79.06 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 80.67 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 88.23 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 90.91 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 77.34 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 81.79 (Very High)
    • Attacks 75.59 (High)
    • Drug offense 71.2 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 30.61 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 8.16 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 64.63 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 67.14 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 81.7 (Very High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Soweto is 128.13 (High)

    • Safety Index 19.73 (Very Low)
    • Climate Index 91.38 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 62.14 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 43.95 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 45.15 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.76 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.58 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 89.5 (Moderate)
    • 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.

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

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.57 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.3 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 84.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.34 USD

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

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