Soweto - South Western Townships - the largest black city in Africa. See how 3,5 million people got its fame during the "apartheid" years. The tour to Soweto will consist of: Enter Soweto via the up-market area called Diepkloof Extension where some of the houses can cost in the millions. Drive through the Baragwanath area to soak up the sites, sounds and "smells" of Africa at close quarters - informal open-air butcher shop, herbalists, barbers and market etc. We pass Baragwanath Hospital, the largest hospital in the southern hemisphere. The tour continues with a drive through the various suburbs, including the early suburbs of Orlando where many of the political giants lived and the Kliptown area where the freedom charter was signed, now being developed as the Walter Sizulu square of dedication.
From there we visit a shantytown in Kliptown. This is the oldest suburb in Soweto. We meet the Kliptown Youth Programme were young people help to improve the life of young children. We visit one of these houses.
We visit the Nelson Mandela house museum and Vilakazi Street, which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace prize-winners lived.
All of our clients, both South Africans and from elsewhere comment on how welcomed, and safe they felt and how friendly the Sowetans are.
From Soweto we proceed to The Apartheids museum i.e.: Embark on a discovery of the racial segregation experienced by millions of South Africans a mere decade ago. On entering the building you are racially classified and you see this segregation in all forms of life. Excellent displays on the Soweto up-rising, ANC in exile, petty apartheid, solitary confinement, anti-apartheid movements abroad, sport boycotts, etc. Culminating in the birth a new democratic country, the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President and witnessing one of the most progressive constitutions in the world.