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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chrispC2489CX Says:

I was so disappointed with my visit to Vilikazi Street. It has become so commercialized and touristy, that they have lost the special vibe that was there. There were artists(dancers) who harassed the...

charlenecY1278XF Says:

It was nice to see the historic street, but it has become rather touristie. We were more interested in the history than the novelty.

Travel-awesome10 Says:

Heritage site with a nice kasi experience. Lots of restaurants to choose from with great music. Also variety of art work for those who love indegenous art

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