The history of Johannesburg that led to the founding of Soweto to the recent history of Soweto with a private guide.
This is a city of contrasts - modern, brash, a melting pot of different cultures and people, and yet very young. From the earliest Iron Age peoples to the financial powerhouse of Africa - this city has seen it all.
Why is this city here? No water, on rocky slopes - an unlikely setting for a city this size. Growing from farmland to a city of over 120, 000 in just 4 years, weathering a war, foiling a coup, violent strike action resulting in armed insurrection to the final struggles against apartheid - it all happened here.
From the City, we visit Soweto. Our travels through this sprawling township trace the sites of the struggle against apartheid and give some idea of what was achieved. The Freedom Charter, the basis for our constitution, was drafted here, and the 1976 Student Uprising is commemorated. From rich to poor, the suburbs of Soweto reflect life in all its variety.
We will travel through the suburbs of Johannesburg, past the oldest house, an inner city nature reserve with iron age sites, to George Harrison Park. From there, into the city to Mary Fitzgerald Square, Hollard Street, Ferrieras Mine Museum and the Carlton Centre.
Down to Soweto, where we drive through the township and visit Nelson Mandela House Museum, Hector Pietersen Memorial and Freedom Square.
This itinerary can be varied to suit your special interests.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
This time can be shortened or lengthened slightly to accomomodate your needs.
Start time can be varied to your requirements.
An air-conditioned VW Microbus, carrying a maximum of 7 passengers.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
500 South African Rand - You will only need this money for purchases of a personal nature.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Lesley! She was extremely accommodating and flexible both in planning and executing the day's activities. Her passion for South Africa shone throughout the day, and the depth of her knowledge about South Africa was clear.