It’s no secret that some people would rather watch the latest mindless slasher film than a documentary on Oscar Wilde, or visit Disney Land rather than Stratford Upon Avon. Rather than rest on your laurels and get all your culture- intake from yoghurt, pay R600 for a culture and heritage infusion with a comprehensive guided-tour of Soweto with Soweto Voyage.
One of the oldest settlements in South Africa, Soweto is a culturally diverse wonderland that not many people think to visit on their own steam. Home of the former residences of two Nobel Peace Prize winners as well as over three million people, it is a vibrant and energetic location that is a must-see for anyone who’s even vaguely interested in South African heritage.
After an early start at Gold Reef, highly experienced tour guides will take you through some of Soweto’s well-to-do neighbourhoods as well as the shanty tin houses. It’s not just visiting the residences of two of South Africa’s favourite sons, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as Winnie Mandela that’ll give you a taste of the Ubuntu spirit; during the entire tour, you’ll feel the spirit of you have visited us and therefore you are now part of us.
You get a chance to fulfil the tourist part of you with visits to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Nelson Mandela Museum, but you’ll live the real soul of Soweto during the tour; the guides are natives of Soweto themselves, and not only can they show you things that a megaphone-wielding official can’t, word on the street is that they’re very fun to be around.
Guided fact: A pre-school census showed that the most voted-for tour destinations are New Mexico’s Mr. Potatohead statue and the vat of cheesy-sauce they used to make the world’s largest pizza.