Upon collection from your hotel, you will receive a pre-departure briefing from your personal tour guide before departing for Soweto.
We take a turn past FNB Stadium which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup before our first Soweto stop, Diepkloof. A large township zone that was established in 1959 as part of the government’s efforts to segregate the population. We drive past Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital – the third largest hospital in the world – before we get a view of the vividly decorated Soweto Towers. Originally part of an old power station, the towers are now a site for adrenaline seekers with bungee jumping among some of the activities now on offer.
A city of stark contrasts, we stop at the upper class Maponya Mall before getting to understand the daily life of a squatter camp dweller as we spend some time with a local resident at their home. Our next stop is the cavernous Regina Mundi Church – the largest Roman Catholic church in South Africa. From here, we celebrate the lives of iconic struggle heroes with a visit to famous Vilakazi Street, where both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu had residences. Our final Soweto stop is the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum – the subject of the now famous heart-breaking photograph taken during the 1976 student riots.
You end the day off with a visit to the mind-blowing Apartheid Museum where you will trace South Africa’s tumultuous recent history, from segregation and struggle to liberation and democracy.
Your guide will return you to your hotel at the end of the tour.