Typical holiday activities like going to the beach, playing tag with jellyfish, or rolling on the lawn like an overzealous Labrador can be fun, but sometimes you want something different. Instead of getting sun blisters at the beach, visit historical sites that will give you a rich insight as to how history shaped this country into what it is today. Take a trip through Soweto with today’s Groupon: Pay R600 for a tour for two people with Zamashenge Travels.
You and your partner, along with other eager-beaver tourists will be picked up at Gold Reef City and you’ll enjoy a three to four hour exciting trip filled with laughter, bubble-blowing contests, and a giant sandwich mascot making fun of the pizza mascot on the other bus. Get your trigger-happy cameras ready for an amazing tour through the history of Soweto.
The formation of Soweto started with the discovery of gold in 1885. This town is rich with history and is filled with historical monuments, museums and memorials. Soweto obtained its name from the first two letters of ‘South Western Township’.
Start your adventure by visiting Diepkloof, one of two townships forming Diepmeadow. Diepkloof was established in 1959 to house people who were removed from Alexandra. Enrich your tour by visiting Baragwanath Market with its rural and vibrant shops where you’ll find interesting goods to buy. You might even get to see a yo-yo contest involving four tap-dancing Alpacas.
Orlando, named after Edwin Orlando Leake, who was the Mayor of Johannesburg in the early 1900’s, has two gorgeous cooling towers. Painted with glorious imagery, adrenalin junkies can abseil, bungee jump like crazy flying squirrels, and even power swing between the two structures. Take snapshots of Kliptown where resistance organisations drew up the Freedom Charter. The dusty square of Kliptown has been declared a national heritage site.
You’ll stop at Regina Mundi, Soweto’s largest Catholic Church. This spiritual haven played a fundamental role during the apartheid years. No trip to Soweto is complete without a visit to the Mandela Family Museum. It’s far more interesting than going to the museum of giant wax figures of creepy-looking sloths. This house was once the humble home of one of the greatest and most influential figures in South Africa. You will also get to visit the well-known Hector Pieterson Museum; the famous photo of Hector can be seen on display there.
Historical Fact: Villagers of a small Mexican town got the fright of their lives when they discovered a pink fluffy thong in a piñata after children wacked the container to smithereens.