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.