A visit to SOWETO with City sightseeing

I have always wanted to visit SOWETO. 

With my 28th birthday falling on a public holiday last year I wanted to do something touristy in my own Province.

Four of our friends decided to join Tc and myself by celebrating my birthday on a City sightseeing tour bus. 


We started our tour at the Rosebank office, located at the Rosebank Mall . We then took the bus from there to Goldreef city amusement park. For those of you who have never been to visit Goldreef City, it is also the home of the Apartheid museum which we didn’t get to visit due to our time constraints. It is on our list and we will be back to visit it soon.


We travelled through the suburbs for about an hour and after being dropped off we got some refreshments and jumped on a mini bus taxi (Kombi) with our own tour guide and headed to SOWETO. 

We passed the infamous FNB stadium which was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is now used for big sporting events and concerts. It is the largest stadium in the Africa. 


We also visited the Orlando Towers where you can go bunjee  jumping. An interesting fact is that the towers are used for advertising, they are painted by the sponsors for a 5 year period. 

We headed on to SOWETO. Did you know SOWETO stands for South- West Townships. It was established by the Apartheid government by forcing black Africans to reside there. 


We visited the Hector Peterson Memorial. This memorial was erected to remind people of the killing of young school children in protest against Afrikaans as a medium of instruction on 16 June 1976. 176 children were killed on that day. We celebrate this day as Youth Day.

Our next stop was Mandela House on Vilakazi Street. Vilakazi street is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners reside.

This was Nelson Mandela’s home from 1946 to the early 1990’s. It was donated to the SOWETO Heritage Trust on 1997.

After site seeing we wanted to have some lunch. There are a number of restaurants on Vilakazi street. My friends opted for a buffet style of traditional African cuisine at Shakhumzi Restaurant, which included tripe and I on the other hand wanted to have traditional Shisa nyama (Braai meat) and chakalaka at Vuyo's .

After our lunch our driver collected all of us and we made our way back to Rosebank. 


We enjoyed the services of city- sightseeing. This is our 3rd time using their services. The 1st was in Cape Town our 2nd was on our honeymoon in Rome and now in Johannesburg. 

Tickets can be purchased on their website  https://www.citysightseeing.co.za

We purchased the combo ticket which included the SOWETO tour for R460 per adult.

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Have you been to SOWETO before, what are your favourite spots to visit?


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