Getting Here and Around in Soweto and the South
Getting Here and Around
Take a guided tour. Soweto is a chaotic, virtually indistinguishable sprawl. Even if you found your way in, you'd struggle to find your way out—let alone around. Various companies offer bus tours, but we suggest hiring a private guide or joining a smaller group tour because you'll get one-on-one attention and be able to ask any and all questions. You can also ask for a special-interest tour, such as art, traditional medicine, restaurants, nightlife, or memorials. Most tours start in Jo'burg, and you can arrange to be collected from your hotel.
What other place on Earth can boast of having had two Nobel Peace laureates living within a block of each other? For most of his adult life Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu lived on Vilakazi Street, in Soweto's Orlando West neighborhood. For most of that time his close neighbor would have been an attorney named Nelson Mandela, had he not spent most of his adult life incarcerated on Robben Island.
The archbishop's home is a gray, two-story building that is not open to the public, but you can visit the nearby Mandela house. It became a museum in 1997 and was revamped in 2009.