Vilakazi Street

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Vilakazi Street is the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former present, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who still resides there with his wife Leah. The street also has a a few museums – The Mandela House Museum and The Hector Peterson Museum attract a lot of locals and tourists interested in the history of South Africa.

The street itself is named after Dr. BW Vilakazi who was a poet, novelist, intellectual and the first black man to teach at the University of Witwatersrand. He had a PhD in literature which helped him compile an isiZulu dictionary. He also wrote in several indigenous languages.

Vilakazi Street’s popularity has grown over the years. Restaurants such as Nambitha and Sakhumzi serve local cuisine, which is great for tourists and locals looking to experience authentic South African food. The street is also home to Soweto TV – the only community television in the city of Soweto.

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rosemazi Says:

Visited Mandela house, it was really lovely , but when we explored the restaurants around , food was over prized and just ordinary.

Brown_Samantha Says:

We stopped here for a late lunch as part of our long full day private tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. Vilakazi is a famous street in Soweto that produced two Nobel Prize winners : Nelson Mandela...

smudgemommy Says:

Safe street with car guards. Lots of stalls selling knick knacks. Lots of restaurants to choose from. Felt very safe here as we decided to visit Soweto without a guide. Very friendly people.

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