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Soweto

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View of Soweto rooftops from the Oppenheimer Tower
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Located to the south-west of Johannesburg city centre, South Africa's most famous township is also by far its largest with estimates putting the population at anywhere between two and four million residents. Although many areas are still desperately poor, like any large city there are also wealthier neighbourhoods and a sizeable growing middle-class. Whatever you choose to see in Soweto you will find that it is the people who will make your Soweto visit most memorable. The township was always at the forefront of the struggle against Apartheid, and also once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, both Nobel peace prize winners. There are several worthwhile historical sights and museums to visit. Soweto also has a cultural, music and social scene that is all its own and soccer in particular is a huge obsession for the many exuberant fans of Soweto's two mega-clubs – the (Kaizer) Chiefs and the (Orlando) Pirates.

GETTING THERE
The seemingly endless identical streets of small houses can be bewildering but if you do plan to drive yourself here you will find the main tourist destinations such as Vilakazi street, Hector Pieterson Memorial museum and the football stadiums well sign-posted from main roads coming out of Johannesburg. A great way to really get to know Soweto on a first visit is by taking a tour with a local guide. If you are feeling adventurous and plan to guide yourself around by public transport many of the Rea Vaya bus routes from Johannesburg City Centre pass by some of Soweto's most famous sights. For Vilakazi Street take the T-1 to Boomtown and then the F-4 to Vilakazi.

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Lebo's Soweto Bicycle Tours

 Soweto Backpackers, 10823A Pooe St, Orlando West, Soweto
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