The bus tour takes you to all important places in Joburg and it's a good way to see the city if you don't own a car.
If you do the Soweto tour, I suggest you do it during the week. The tour guides are really good but the problem is that if there are too many people, they will organise two small vans and if you're lucky, the tour guide sits in the same van with you. Our guide sat during the whole tour in Soweto in the other van and although the driver gave us some information on the sites, it was hard to hear him if sitting in the back (and it's not the same as with a guide).
We had a short break in front of the Hector Pieterson museum where a volunteer guide told us about the Apartheid era and the history of Soweto. He was very professional and I totally support the idea of having a volunteer guide doing the introduction and was more than happy to give money to him. However, I wonder if the tour company shouldn't be supporting the volunteers; the description states that you have a tour guide-so why do you pay extra for the tour? Also, we were in a hurry all the time because the driver had to be back to get another group after us. The tour description gives you the impression that there's time to look around, eat and drink-but this is only the case if you hop off and wait for another bus. However, the guides told us the other vans were full so basically, hopping off we would have had to wait for the last van that picks up all the last remaining people.
The tour was very good but these small things made it very hectic and I felt like I only saw Soweto from the window. I recommend the organisers to organise more guides and buses for busy weekends so that everyone can get the most of it! I can imagine the experience to be very different when it's not so busy.
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