Famous for Mandela to Tutu See Sensational Soweto on Private Tour
With over two million inhabitants and their homes ranging from shacks to mansions, Soweto has changed dramatically over the years. Soweto was the city where most of the struggle against apartheid was fought and won, and a must see visit on a South African Private Tour.
On guided private tours of Soweto, you will see this sprawling township and former President Nelson Mandela's house where he lived with his wife Winnie and his former wife, Evelyn.
Also, visit Archbishop Desmond Tutu's home, the Hector Pietersen Memorial Site and many cultural and historic sites. A city of cultural interaction and enterprise it is a must see on any holiday to South Africa.
One of the proudest buildings the locals will boast about is having the largest African-owned private hospitals in South Africa which is considered unique. The many shopping centres/malls are amazing and full of bargains there are many other tourists attractions to see on any private tour.
On Guided Private Tours of Soweto, You Will See This Sprawling Township and Former President Nelson Mandela's House
Take a sightseeing guided tour of Nelson Mandela's house where he lived with his former wife, Winnie and his first wife, Evelyn. This is also the home from which he was subsequently imprisoned from in 1961. While you may or may not gain entry into this small four-roomed house, it is classed a highlight of all sightseeing private tours in Soweto.
Your tour guide will bring you to another location should you not gain entrance into the house; so you can see the many photographs and memorabilia from the original Mandela property on display at these sites included in the tour.
Top Things to See and Do in Soweto
Travel Tips for Johannesburg
The best time to take a trip to Soweto South Africa will depend on what you want from your it. Weatherwise, during the months from October to April, are recommended. October, November and April are the ideal months for private tours or sightseeing tours as the weather is cooler, there are fewer crowds, and it may also be a slightly cheaper time. January and February are hot, so if it is just a beach holiday you are looking for, it is a perfect time.
Probably the most expensive thing about South Africa; Soweto is getting there because when you are there, it is relatively inexpensive. The biggest expense is likely to be accommodation, but if you are not too fussy you can get a night in a b&b, with an evening meal, that is basic but clean for $60. Activities are more expensive in peak season, as are private tours, but shop around as prices vary with different tour operators.
Sadly, there is nowhere in the world that is crime free, so when in South Africa be careful of your belongings. Only carry enough money to do you for the day and keep it somewhere safe on your person as there are pickpockets everywhere. Never walk alone at night in unpopulated dark areas. Tipping in restaurants and bars is between 10-15 percent but never feel obliged to leave a tip if the service was a disaster.
South Africa has a beautiful climate that is temperate with plenty of sunny, dry days. Winter is June, July and August when it is generally dry and crisp with snow only falling in the mountainous regions. September and October are springtimes. Summer is December to February, and it also is the rainfall season with The Cape getting most of the rainfall. It can get sweltering during January but perfect for getting that golden tan you always wanted!