Various sites in Johannesburg and Soweto as follows:
Full day tour:
Pleas note: Subject to availability
After pick-up we drive past Mandela's last home before his death situated in Houghton.
Visit Liliesleaf - Liliesleaf aims to bring the events that took place in Rivonia 45 years ago into South Africa's current socio-political context by allowing the original infrastructures to recreate the living and working environment at the time of the raid. The restoration process was a collaborative effort between archaeological findings, oral recollections and archival and historical research to document the history of the liberation struggle for current and future generations.
Onward to Constitutional Hill which is located in Braamfontein one of the original suburbs of Johannesburg.
Next door is the Old Fort which was established at the time of the Anglo Boer War and was used by both the Boers and the British. It also became a prison where political prisoners including Nelson Mandela and even Mahatma Gandhi were imprisoned for a time; as well as some of South Africa's most notorious criminals such as Daisy De Melker.
We head over the Mandela Bridge to Newtown which is a great example of Johannesburg's Urban upliftment project which aims at bringing more people back in to the city centre to live, work and of course play. Here we walk around the flea markets and soak up the new South Africa in its colourful form.
A delicious lunch will be enjoyed at a restaurant in the Newtown area or at a venue on Vilakazi Street in Soweto.
The tour continues to the origins of Johannesburg where gold was 1st discovered before stopping off at the world renowned Apartheid Museum. The Museum tells about the history of Apartheid from as early as 1804 – 1994. This fascinating interactive modern exhibit takes you on an amazing emotive journey through South Africa's complicated history. [Click here to view the Apartheid Museum]
Enter Soweto via the up-market area called Diepkloof Ext where some of the houses can cost in the millions. In complete contrast we visit a large hostel in the area, in days gone by the notorious hostel system was used as single gender accommodation for migrant laborers, it is now used as informal lodgings for family units.
Soccer City Via Diepkloof Ext
We pass by Soccer City (or FNB Stadium) the amazing football Calabash style stadium which played host to the 2010 Football World Cup as well as other fixtures. You will have an opportunity to take photos of this fantastic structure
Drive through the Kliptown Squatter camp, on the 'Old Potchefstroom' road, where the twin towers will be found. These towers used to supply electricity to the north of Johannesburg, also known as the Cooling Towers of Soweto.
We visit Freedom Square where the famous freedom charter was drawn up in 1955 and parts of which still feature in our current constitution.
Regina Mundi & Thokoza Park
Our last stop will be Regina Mundi Church. This is one of the biggest Catholic churches in South Africa. The Reginal Mundi Church is the focal point of much of the struggle in the 70's and 80's and home to the famous Black Madonna and Child painting. This church is also known as "The Parliament of Soweto"
The tour bus will drive through Vilakazi Street, which is the only street in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived: Nelson Mandela & Desmond Tutu.
Mandela House and Visitors Centre
Visit the newly revamped Mandela House and Visitors Centre in famous Vilakazi Street which is filled with many interesting artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to South Africa's greatest icon.
Lunch at Maphungubwe can be exchanged for lunch in Soweto. A highlight of a visit to Soweto is a delicious lunch at one of the well run restaurants patronized by both tourists and locals alike, offering typical "township" cuisine. Desserts and drinks are not included.
Depending on where your collection point is, the sequence of the above visits may be amended
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