Soweto played a very important part in the country's past. From the gold rush to the uprising, it holds plenty of history. Let's explore that by taking a look at the ample amount of tourist attractions in Soweto. Pack your fanny pack, grab your sunscreen and let's hit the road!
The Credo Mutwa Cultural Village is one of Soweto’s many gems, and a must to see for visitors from all over the world who want a taste of deep African cultures and beliefs combined with modern ideas. This is an outdoor exhibition area that is combined with a museum-style, showcasing the works and inspiration of Credo Mutwa.
8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West in Soweto is known to many simply as Mandela House. It was where Nelson Mandela lived between 1946 and 1962. The house is a humble abode of four inter-leading rooms that today contain a collection of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family. Even a pair of Mandela's old boots lie on a shelf for display – insight into the man the country fondly called Tata (father). For today the house functions as a museum. This is one of our favourite tourist attractions in Soweto.
The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum opened in Soweto in 2002, not far from the spot where 12-year-old Hector was shot on the 16 June 1976 during the Soweto uprising that today is a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. The Hector Pieterson Memorial Site is included on any number of tours through the area.
The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid: The racially prejudiced system that blighted much of its progress and the triumph of reason which crowned half a century of struggle. The Museum has been assembled and organized by a multi-disciplinary team of curators, film-makers, historians and designers. This is one of the most important tourist attractions in Soweto.
You can't visit tourist attractions in Soweto without stopping here! Standing in Freedom Square in Soweto, the Kliptown Open Air Museum, dedicated to Walter Sisulu, tells the story of the drafting of the Freedom Charter. And it does so via photographs, art, song, news clipping and narration. It is a thoroughly visual journey made by visitors to the museum, one that emphasises the freedom South Africa fought so hard to achieve.
Fancy to visit some tourist attractions in Soweto? Then do it by bicycle! Cycle in Soweto offers private bike tours around world-famous Soweto township. Riding with us lets you escape the bus, experience so much more, have real personal interactions with locals, enjoy the fresh air and you exercise your body (not too much). We tour eco friendly and with the option to just stop for a meet and greet or to take some pictures. Our tours are run by local guides who offer you a unique township experience.
As one of South Africa's largest tourist companies, MoAfrika Tour runs a one day Soweto tour packed to the brim with adventure. A day tour of Soweto offers you the chance to experience the heart and soul of a city that is home to over two million people. It’s a chance to soak up the electric atmosphere of a South African city that has one foot in a turbulent past and one placed firmly in the future. Soweto is a city that vibrates with a sense of hope and optimism for a brighter and better future but continues to pay silent tribute to the price its people paid for their freedom and liberty.
So, what do you think of our list of tourist attractions in Soweto? What would you add to this list? Tell us all about it in the comments section below!
Take me to Soweto! You have to head to this symbol of the nation one of these good days people, especially on this special day. It is regarded as one of the most famous urban areas in Joburg and it holds a ton of our history. So, we suggest you grab the family and friends, and head to the most visited street in this urban area. We think you'll love it.
Not many people are familiar with the history behind Lilliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. In the early 60s, the property was the headquarters for covert, underground activities and a safe house for many leading figures of the liberation movement. Today, it is a heritage site that stands for the proclamation for freedom. We think its fitting for it to be on our list and should be on yours too. If we're gonna celebrate this day, we have to do it right!
The remnants of an old fort and holding cells for political prisoners has been turned into the domain of South Africa's Constitutional Court and proclaimed a national heritage site. Constitution Hill is in Braamfontein, just up the road from the train station, and deserves your attention. And you know what's even more exciting on this day? The Back To The City concert that happens every year. This year's theme is The Freedom Charter: The Congress Of The People. Tickets are R150 – R600 per person, buy yours here! This year they promise to make it even bigger, just check out the lineup:
Raise your hand if you've visited Joburger's Facebook page – we honestly think this page is the best thing that happened to South Africa, it's also safe to safe to say it's everybody's happy place. So, they thought it would be an amazing idea to bring all the interaction happening on the page to real life, allowing all its followers to finally meet and laugh together – not let racism have the last laugh. Such a perfect way to celebrate the day, right? There will music, food, drinks and all things nice. To those who want to grab Fvck Racism merch, there will be stalls selling. Entrance is free of charge.
This is regarded as South Africa's biggest braai picnic travel event, bringing people from all walks of life to enjoy the festivities amongst their loved ones and meeting new friends. It is also said to be en extraordinary movement that promotes family social activities and gatherings. People from different backgrounds will have the opportunity to network over a braai, drinks, music, and some colour powder splashing fun. Bring along your braai packs, picnic baskets, snacks, drinks, camp chairs, gazebo and anything else you think you’ll need for a day out in the park. Tickets are R50 – R500, get yours here!
It's Freedom Day everybody, which means we have the freedom to express ourselves however we want. And since we're free enough to be fairies at this Fairy Festival, why don't we? Calling all fairies and lovers of all things fantasy. Make sure you save the date, dust off your prettiest outfits and wings, and come out for a day of magic and family fun. Tickets are R50 – R100 per person, get yours online. You can expect:
To those who particularly enjoy debates and constructive talks about what concerns society, youth, and the future of this beautiful country. The topic around freedom and democracy has centred on being entirely free and having equal opportunity for each South Africa,. So, to make sure you don't miss out on this event, join in at The Apartheid Museum as they will be hosting a discussion entitled "Are We Truly Free". You can expect to meet up with Blade Nzimande, Karima Brown and Eusebius McKaiser.
We're definitely putting the The Apartheid Museum on our list. It is a museum complex dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. This makes it one of the best spots to celebrate Freedom Day.
Though it's not in Johannesburg. it still deserves our attention – besides, Pretoria is pretty much Joburg's little brother anyway. Freedom Park celebrates South Africa's heritage as a centre of knowledge aimed at deepening the understanding of the nation. It strives to accommodate all of the country's experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story.
Hollywood is in love with our stories of trials, tribulation and success. And why shouldn't they be? We've got a very rich history. Why not rent Invictus, Mandela: a Long Walk to Freedom and Cry Freedom and have yourself a little movie marathon. Don't forget the popcorn! We'll take extra butter, please.
If there is one thing which unites us more than when the Springboks win a match, it's the fact that we love our braais. Why not invite the buddies over and celebrate the day which shaped our nation. If you're keen to try out our very own marinade recipe, click here.
Why not skip the movie marathon and grab one of these books for your reading pleasure: Steve Biko's I Write What I Like, Breyten Breytenbach's The Confessions of an Albino Terrorist or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. It's a good excuse to curl up in bed as the April weather takes a turn.
If you'd rather have an intimate and relaxed meal with the family, why not click here and have a look at our awesome comfort food ideas.