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South Western Townships

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Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
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Soweto, Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
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0027-11-463-3306-0027-72-075-3883
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The contrast between the wealthier suburbs and Soweto is almost shocking while separated by only about 20 km. The usual billboards and shopping strip malls disappeared and we were in the middle of a shantytown before we knew it with garbage piled all over the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Similar to Johannnesburg, I was not impressed to visit Soweto as a solo traveler as all on July 6-7, 2018 (Friday-Saturday). I went to see Mandela Family House. Before entering the house, I walked about 3 km from my hotel to this destination. I was...More

Thank Soonthon L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The highlight here was to visit Mandela house and experience what the great man had to go thorough in his life. Soweto is a large area with surprisingly good housing and well laid streets. I expected shanties, but was mildly surprised that the area was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A brief visit to Nelson Mandela's home (when he wasn't in jail) along with an explanation that blacks were banned to the "ghetto" of the SOuthWEstTOwn outside Jahannesburg.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped here on a tour and was surprised. The people I met were great. So kind and outgoing. Makes you thankful for what you have.

Thank Nick A
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A journey to see the most fascinating and historical place of Soweto, full of true South African spirit and a must see of some fabulous bars and authentic restaurant, absolutely amazing, don’t hesitate to visit.

Thank sack_juliet
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We had a local guide to tell us the history of this town where the riots began. The town had electricity in 1982 for the first time. The shacks, the workers’s dorm housing blocks were sad sights. Even today trash was everywhere in the poor...More

Thank 4historyandculture
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

We had an excellent tour of Soweto with the guide provided by City Sightseeing for this area of Joburg .We got some fascinating informations about the beginning of Soweto , its evolution , its most famous inhabitants , and its culture . We stopped at...More

1  Thank belleretraite
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Soweto is the biggest township with lots of history amongst blacks. All nationalities are found there, that is where the likes of Nelson & Winnie Mandela, Sisulu Family, Hector Peterson History, Regina Mundi Catholic Church, That is where the South African riots started against being...More

Thank E2049BHdebbiem
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

We found Johannesburg CBD negelected, depressing and sad. Soweto, however, is a must to visit ; it has glaring poverty, but also a dynamic, vibrant & proud population - not to mention the all important role it played in SA history. Do not visit JoBurg...More

1  Thank Dirk W
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Vilma N
8 January 2018|
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Response from Conqueror17 | Reviewed this property |
I stayed at this hotel in October and took the hop on hop off bus city tour with Soweto extension. The hotel will take you to the nearest stop at Constitution Hill if you ask. The staff are very helpful. I don't know about... More
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Response from Panchorri | Reviewed this property |
I would not recommend to visit Soweto. Is a shame to show this to tourists . Just go to your city and look for the poor people quarters. Go to the museum to visit the discovery of the Homo Naledi. Very interesting for kids... More
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11 June 2016|
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Response from AmazonLodge | Reviewed this property |
I can highly recommend Ntombi, who runs Usizo Lwenkosi Tours (see my review on her TripAdvisor page). She lives in Soweto and therefore knows where and where not to go - don't let fearmongers put you off! This is a place... More
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