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, new to old, including Sandton, Rosebank, Parkhurst, Melville and Brixton to George Harrison Park where gold was discovered. From there, into the city to Mary Fitzgerald Square and MuseumAfrica, Newtown, Chancellor House, the Main Street Mining Mall and Hollard Street, past City Hall and the old shopping district 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
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.
- Personal Expenses
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First class tour and introduction to Johannesburg and Soweto. Lesley is passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about South Africa and all it has to offer. We learnt so much. She provides a quality tour service with nice little extras like snacks and drinks in a modern, clean and comfortable van. Lesley is so polite and helpful through both the booking process and delivery of the tour. I have no hesitation in recommending her services and would certainly book with her again.