75. Soweto, South Africa

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In 1963, a four-year competition ended to name the townships southwest of Johannesburg; The name “Soweto” was the winner. The name actually means “South Western Townships.” It’s a place rich in history and the home of Nelson Mandela.

Soweto, South Africa

Soweto, South Africa


Soweto is a township in South Africa that is west of Johannesburg South.

How To Get Here

By Train

There is rail service between Johannesburg and Soweto.

By Plane

The nearest airport is the O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The home of South African Airways and Kulula.

The following airlines serve the O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB):

Air Austral (UU), Air Botswana (BP), Air China (CA), Air France (AF), Air Mauritius (MK), Air Namibia (SW), Air Seychelles (HM), Air Zimbabwe (UM), British Airways (BA), CemAir (5M), Delta Air Lines (DL), Egyptair (MS), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Euromanx Airways (3W), FastJet Tanzania LTD (FN), Iberia Airlines (IB), Kenya Airways (KQ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Kulula (MN), LAM – Mozambique Airlines (TM), LATAM (JJ), Links Air (W2), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Mango (JE), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), Singapore Airlines (SQ), South African Airways (SA), Swiss Airlines (LX), TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT), Turkish Airlines (TK), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Rwandair Express (WB), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS)

By Bus

You my take a minibus used mostly by the locals. It holds about 12 to 16 passengers. There’s also the BRT local buses that runs from Johannesburg.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

Where To Stay

There are combination of hotels and bed and breakfasts in Soweto. You may stay in Johannesburg where there are plenty of places to choose from.

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

Where To Eat

The food in the area is very delicious. Here are a few to look for:

  • Thrive Cafe
  • Nambitha Restaurant
  • Wandie’s Place

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.


What To Do

Soweto is the home of Nelson Mandela and his house still stands and you can pay it a visit. It’s weird walking into his bedroom, but very special. You can also check out a performance at the 450-seat Soweto Theatre. In addition to other attractions there’s the Hector Pietersen Museum, who was the first victim of the Soweto uprising.

Soweto, South Africa - Nelson Mandela's house

Soweto, South Africa – Nelson Mandela’s house


Soweto, South Africa - Nelson Mandela's house

Soweto, South Africa – Nelson Mandela’s house


Soweto, South Africa - Memorial

Soweto, South Africa – Memorial

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.

Additional Information

Language: Afrikaans, English, South African English, Venda, Zulu

Currency: South African rand ZAR

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Soweto, South Africa - Boxing Academy of Soweto

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