Travel to Soweto – South Western Townships
Soweto is an urban area in the City of Johannesburg and a former township from the times of Apartheid. Infused with the history of the struggle against apartheid and abuzz with the energy of the city of gold, Soweto is a must-see for travellers who are looking for more than sun, sea and the big five.
Thanks to its heritage sites, great history, culture and restaurants, it is among the places in Gauteng that are well worth a visit.
Soweto is an acronym for South-Western Townships. These townships were originally established after an outbreak of bubonic plague in the inner city slums of Johannesburg in 1904 and much of the struggle against Apartheid played out in the slums of Soweto and the township was in a virtual state of war during the 1970’s and 80’s.
Attractions that are worth visiting in Soweto include Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, the Cooling Towers, Credo Mutwa village, Walter Sisulu Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum, the Mandela Family Museum, Regina Mundi Catholic Church and Freedom Towers.
One of the most popular activities to take part in in Soweto is a visit to a real and authentic Shebeen (drinking place). Here you can get away from the over touristy places and meet the locals to get a real feel for the area’s culture.
There are many shops, cinemas and restaurants in Soweto in which to relax as well as a couple of bars and night clubs.
It is best to visit Soweto as part of an official tour group with an accredited tour guide.
- Join a tour group for a guided tour of the area.
- Visit museums aplenty.
- Meet the locals at an authentic shebeen.