The tourist attractions at Soweto have helped make this area one of the most popular destinations in Johannesburg. It is a large place, and there are plenty of things to see.
The urban area is situated at Johannesburg. It is close to the mining belt of the city by the south. Majority of the tourists start their tour of the area from Johannesburg. However, you can also reach the area by car.
What to See
Some of the most popular sites are the Credo Mutwa Village and the Hector Pietersen Museum. This is open from 10 am to 5 pm. There is also a bookshop in it. One of the most popular tourist attractions at Soweto is the Mandela Family Museum. Those who are visiting the place may also want to visit the Regina Mundi Church.
There are several places where you can eat. There is B’s Place along Shuenane Street, Orlando East, Sakhumzi Restaurant at Vilakazi Street and Wandies. This is at Makhalamele Street. Some of the more popular drinking spots here are the Back Room at Pimville Square Shopping Center and the Rock. This is a night club and restaurant.
The history of the area started with the Africans eviction. These people were lured to work at the gold mines. Even back then however, they were kept at separate quarters just outside Johannesburg. In 1904, the authorities removed the Indians and Africans in the area and settled them in towns outside the capital.
Resistance to the rule became widespread during the 1970s and 1980s. By 1995, the area had been integrated into the Southern Metropolitan Transitional Local Council. It was in 2002 when the area became a part of Johannesburg. Today, the area has become known for its tourist destinations.
Tours courtesy of travel operators usually charge R 450 for a four hour tour of the area. It will cost a lot more if you want lunch included. Also remember that some tours require a minimum of two people.
When visiting the area, take a stroll of the Baragwanath Taxi rank area. You can also try the Smilys (sheeps head). You can also drop by the Shebeen and try the local drinks.
One of the major tourist attractions at Soweto is the Wine Festival. This is one of the best known lifestyle events in the country. You can also visit the Maponya Mall with its restaurants, cafes and cinemas.