South Western Townships, Johannesburg

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Explore South Western Townships, or "Soweto" as it's commonly called, to discover a number of landmark buildings, especially from the apartheid era, and to experience the region's dynamic culture and atmosphere. Famous for its 1976 uprising, the township remains a region of extremes, from areas riddled with poverty to upscale, exclusive neighborhoods. Check out the local dining scene, which features everything from fine dining to street food stalls, or take a guided tour of the township's historic sites and museums. Entertainment options abound, as the area boasts a variety of bars, clubs, and live music venues. Use our Johannesburg trip builder site to arrange your visit to South Western Townships and other attractions in Johannesburg.
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  • I have visited Soweto twice, with different traveling companions, and the impact of the place is still powerful. There is inspiration to be found in places like the Nelson Mandela House (which I have ...  more »
  • You can read about the history of South Africa and how blacks were relegated to live in “matchbox houses”, but until you see that these still exist today, you can’t really appreciate the impact of apa...  more »
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