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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Peter S Says:

We stopped off here as a couple on a Soweto tour. It was very busy with coaches and large tour groups, we were a bit surprised at how commercialised it was. That said it is an amazing part of the...

zahnb2016 Says:

Loved it all. Bought a fridge magnet and some crafts. I loved the energy and I smile whenever I think of our visit. We went in the week and had space to be and browse. I've heard that weekend energy...

WispyRobin Says:

Soweto was a revelation, (as was all of SA) and walking along this street was a highlight of my visit to Africa. I understand that some only notice the hawkers and other inconveniences, but it’s easy...

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