Johannesburg-Soweto Tour

Trip Facts

  • Small Bus
  • 2-10 people

The establishment of Soweto is, like Johannesburg, linked directly to the discovery of Gold in 1885. Thousands of people from around the world and South Africa flocked to the new town to seek their fortunes or to offer their labour.

Within 4 years Johannesburg was the second largest city.
More than half the population was black, most living in multi racial shanty towns near the gold mines in the centre of the town. As the gold mining industry developed, so did the need for labour increase.
Migrant labour was started and most of these workers lived in mine compounds. However other workers had to find their own accommodation often in appalling conditions.

The first residents of what is now known as Soweto were located into the area called Klipspriut in 1905 following their relocation from “Coolietown” in the centre of Johannesburg as a result of an outbreak of bubonic plague. The Johannesburg City Council took the opportunity to establish racially segregated residential areas. Some residents were to be relocated to Alexandra township (near the present day Sandton). This group comprised black, Indian and coloured families and they received freehold title to their land (this was subsequently reversed by the Apartheid Government). Only black families were located into Klipspruit and the housing was on a rental basis. Klipspruit was subsequently renamed Pimville.

During the 1930’s the demand for housing for the large numbers of black people who had moved into Johannesburg grew to such an extent that new housing was built in an area known as Orlando, named after the first administrator Edwin Orlando Leaky.

In the 1940’s a controversial character James Mpanza led the first land invasion and some 20000 squatters occupied land near Orlando. James Mpanza is known as the “Father of Soweto”.

In 1959 the residents of Sophiatown were forcibly removed to Soweto and occupied the area known as Meadowlands. Sir Earnest Oppenheimer, the first chairman of the Anglo American Corporation, was appalled by the housing shortage and was instrumental in arranging a loan for the construction of additional housing and this is commemorated by the Oppenheimer Tower in Jabulani.

The Soweto, Joburg, & Apartheid Tour is a Full Day tour where you can experience the wonders of Johannesburg, Soweto and the Apartheid Museum amongst others…

Day 1
Johannesburg-Soweto City Tour

Pick up and drop off at the Hotel or at an arranged point

City drive through

Stop at Carlton Centre and visit panoramic 50th floor to see a 360-degree view of Joburg

Soccer city (stop for photos)

Drive past Baragwanath hospital which is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere.

We then make a stop at Kliptown shanty town(informal settlement) and here you are going to do a short with a local resident who will share the story about the way of life and the challenges they are facing daily.

Regina Mundi Church

Stop at Hector Pietersen Museum and get an orientation about 1976 student uprising (we do not enter the museum due to the long program and some of the highlights of this museum will be seen at the Apartheid museum)

Mandela House museum tour (entrance fee included)

Vilakazi Street ( the only street in the world that has produced two Nobel Peace Prize Winners i.e Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu)

We then make a stop for lunch at Chaf Pozi Restaurant (chesa nyama/barbeque) as the first option or Restaurant Vilakazi (a la carte menu) or as a third option, Sakhumzi Restaurant (buffet menu).

Apartheid museum tour

End of tour

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Johannesburg-Soweto Tour
From R 1,100.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • Small Bus
  • 2-10 people