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- A "fort-prison" complex as it once was (now consisting of "3 areas" to see namely No. 4/No. 5 Prisons, the Old Fort & the Women's Prison), the "best part" of my visit here was the walk above the ramparts of the Old Fort on pretty much all four sides of its square-shaped grounds (except on one side with an off-limit stretch of that rampart) with pretty nice views of the Fort right below & the surrounding parts of the city ("quite a bit to the distance" to see) and where are also two "historic cannons" (one of them actually just the way it has been or a similar one having been "on the same spot" since the days of the Boer War over a hundred years ago). In any case, spread out over this "sprawling site" (which covers the three areas & the in-between areas for just short walks from one area to another) are: a number of "museum-like rooms" most notably the room with displays of Gandhi during the time he lived in South Africa (at No. 4/No. 5) & the cell of Mandela during his short stay at this prison before being transferred to Cape Town (at the Old Fort where the cells were usually only for white males); some parts where a "feel of prison" can be felt such as the row of "isolation cells" (all the way at the back of No. 4/No. 5) & the row of "individual cells" for white male prisoners (at the Old Fort); and yes actually somewhat of a surprise I would say being the "lovely garden" (at the Women's Prison). And so, with plenty of items on display in all three areas (mostly "enlarged photos" with their corresponding info texts but also many miscellaneous including some of these interesting "blanket sculptures" seen in some rooms at No. 4/No. 5 likely replicas of those made by the inmates back then), I did actually learn at this site "quite a bit" not just about the life of prisoners here in its operating days but also about those periods of colonial followed by apartheid in the country's history and actually also somewhat of the Boer War (from the info plates above the ramparts of the Old Fort).
At just a pretty short taxi ride from the Houghton area where I stayed, this site was followed by Mandela's house in Soweto (a compact-sized house museum for way less time needed than this big site although yes it was a long ride of 45 minutes or so getting there from this site at the city center).Written 17 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Walk from Tutu's house to Mandela's house and experience this historical street. There's a lot of poverty still in Soweto, and it's sad that for many, not much has changed since democracy has come :(Written 29 March 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- By all means visit Soweto and challenge old stereotypes. Recommend the excellent Mandy Imbizo Tours, run by a local.Written 8 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Enjoyed a great Sunday afternoon eating, drinking and buying all kinds of local crafts. This is a must visit if you are looking for a fun Sunday morning or afternoon. The Market on Main closes at 4:30 but there are plenty of other places in the neighborhood that stay open later.Written 3 February 2021
- This is not just a cycle tour but an experience. This allowed us to see parts of Soweto off the tourist track and also enjoy some culture and some local cuisine.Written 24 October 2019
- For years, The Wilds has been mirred by its history after it fell foul of criminals. These days, any mention of going is immediately met with a "is it safe?"
As a solo female, I went on a walk by myself and at no time was I concerned.
Whether you want to chill around the giraffe lawns or follow the paths to explore, you're always reminded you're in Joburg with her iconic skyline. The beautiful colors surround you and the sounds of the birds playing mixed in with sound of nearby traffic - it's a perfect urban escape - somewhere to relax and catch your breath.
Only downside is the limited parking. Overflow parking is available at the nearby St Johns school and there is a pedestrian bridge to walk across to the park.Written 31 July 2022
- Had an okay train trip to and from Park Station. The place is not as dangerous as you might think it is.Written 6 March 2020
- Derrick avenue is going to make you feel like you’re in china . Crazily busy on weekends - its a challenge to find parking after half past 12! I love Shun de for their amazing Yumcha every weekend and also love to shop for reasonable vegetables in the market - you get garlic /bean sprouts and many more vegetables for a great price on the road . Also the supermarkets are brimming with all things Chinese and you’re going to need a translator to help you read food labels. But this is the place to get all your Asian cooking supplies if you’re a fan like me . Also if you’re keen on decor there is a lovely shop right next to shun de that sells oriental ceramic vases . I’ve been there on weekdays too and though less busy it’s a lovely area to be in !Written 30 July 2019
- Unique space with restaurants, gardens and creative studios. Perfect venue for friends and families. Found the art piece I was looking for.Written 31 July 2022
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