Johannesburg and Soweto - Half Day or Layover tour


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City, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent)

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 gives some idea of what was achieved. The Freedom Charter, the basis for our constitution, was drafted here, and the 1976 Student Uprising is commemmorated. From rich to poor, the suburbs of Soweto reflect life in all it's 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 Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: O R Tambo airport or your place of accommodation.

End location: O R Tambo airport or at your place of accommodation.

Duration: 6 hours

This time can be shortened or lengthened slightly to accomomodate your needs.

Start time can be varied to your requirements.


An aircondidioned VW Microbus, carrying a maximum of 7 passengers.

What’s Included

Transport, guide fee, all site entries, snacks and soft drinks supplied in the vehicle.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

500 South African Rand - You will only need this money for purchases of a personal nature, such as souvenirs.

What’s Extra

Purchases of personal nature such as curios.

A Recent Review of this tour

An excellent tour. Very informative about the history, geography and locations. Lesley was very knowledgable and passionate in her explanations, and she made the tour personal to us. I would highly recommend this guide.
Angela Finch

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