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Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.

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Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.

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icon8 to 9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Get to know the fascinating city of Johannesburg, including the famous Soweto township, during this private 8-hour tour. See the main attractions in this busy city before heading to Soweto, where you'll see the former homes of Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid Museum. Take a midday break for lunch on Vilakazi Street.
  • 8-hour private tour of Johannesburg and Soweto
  • Travel through this colorful and busy city in a comfortable private vehicle
  • Get a grand view of Johannesburg from the observation deck of the Carlton Centre
  • Explore the history of the Soweto township
  • See the former homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local taxes
Professional guide
Bottled water
Lunch
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Souvenirs and curios
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
If staying at a hotel please wait for us at the ground level foyer or reception. If staying at a private
residence or guest house please let us have your mobile number and make sure the gate bell is
working so we can call you when we arrive to pick you up.

Airports

  • Johannesburg Intl Airport, Johannesburg South Africa
  • Lanseria Airport, Lanseria South Africa


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
2/17/2021 - 8/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Get picked up from your centrally-located hotel in Johannesburg to begin your personalized private tour.

Head first for a suburb of Johannesburg that used to be reserved for white residents and is now full of high-rise apartment buildings occupied by African emigrants. See one of the homes in which Nelson Mandela lived before he died. See the colorful cultural mix that is South Africa.

Visit Carlton Centre next, in the heart of Johannesburg's business district. Take the elevator to the observation deck on the 50th floor for wonderful 360-degree views over the city.

Pass Gandhi Square with its statue of Gandhi on your way to the Apartheid Museum. Spend two hours exploring the museum's impressive exhibits before traveling to the Soweto township.

Stop for lunch in Soweto on Vilakazi Street, where you can also see the former homes of both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu – both of whom won the Nobel Peace Prize. Visit Mandela's former home, which is now a museum dedicated to the great man.

Visit the Hector Pieterson Memorial, named for a young boy who was killed during a 1976 student uprising against apartheid during which 70 people died. See the Regina Mundi Church, Freedom Square, and the World Cup Stadium before being transported back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Carlton Centre
The Carlton Centre is located in what was once Johannesburg's most prestigious central business district, now called the "old CBD". The now dated but well-maintained building towers above the city and you can see magnificent 360-degree views from its 50th floor called the “Top of Africa”. Hailed as a huge groundbreaking feat in building design when built it is an impressive building inside and out. The shops in the mall at ground level are in themselves are full of what the South Africans who shop here want to buy. They range from the most modern of technological and consumer products to traditional African remedies potions, foods, musical instruments, and ethnic clothing. There is even the store from which Nelson Mandela bought his outfits, having moved here from the older building outside. Mahatma Gandhi practiced law from an office closeby during his 20 years in South Africa and there is a display of photos of him and turn of the 19th century Joburg scenes.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum traces the history of this abhorrent form of South African society but also celebrates our emergence out of it into a brave multicultural democracy that still strives to attain equality of opportunity fro all its citizens . It has been described as a masterpiece of Museum design. There is incredible depth to the exhibits and the multi media narratives they illustrate and although they do create a feeling of sadness at the injustices committed spirits are raised by the stories of heroic South Africans who fought and died to create a pathway to something better. You can easily spend the whole day here and still not see it all but 2 hours will give you a good overview of what it was like to live here during these bad old days.There is a book and curio shop focusing on relevant items, and a coffee bar serving light meals. Next to it indigenous grasses and plants are grown to give a glimpse of what this area of the "veld" would have looked like before Joburg existed.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hector Pieterson Memorial
The murder of a 12-year-old child by police firing on demonstrating school children is commemorated here along with the 70 or more others who died on that fateful but momentous day on the 16th of June 1976. The date is now our National Youth Day and a public holiday. There is a large African crafts market next to it if you want to buy some souvenirs.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Vilakazi Street
Lunch will be at a popular restaurant on Vilakazi Street where you will sample the local fare. Here also you will find the previous homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
South Western Townships
South West African Townships or Soweto is the home of as many as 2 million South Africans and people of other African nationalities. Its citizens have the illustrious heritage of being at the center of resistance to oppression under colonialism and Apartheid.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mandela House
Visit the Soweto home of Nelson Mandela, now a museum and tribute to his life and role in our progression to a fully representative democracy.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Hillbrow
This area called Hillbrow was always varied, vibrant, and cosmopolitan and remains so but now with a Pan African flavour. Nigerians, Ethiopians, Egyptians, Somalis, Mozambicans and many more from all parts of Africa walk its streets.
Pass By:  
Johannesburg
All the way to the centre of the city you'll see a vibrant mixture of cultures before reaching the Carlton Centre, located in what was once Johannesburg's most prestigious business district.
Stop At:  
Walter Sisulu Square
Walter Sisulu also called Freedom Square, this development is both a memorial and monument while having many useful and practical functions. There is a market, exhibition centre, outdoor concert venue, modern hotel as well as offices and shops to assist small business development. Walter Sisulu is one of our greatest heroes and was Nelson Mandelas mentor. It is built on the location where the Freedom Charter was adopted by a large group of organisations gathering here in the 1950s when the Apartheid government was at its most powerful. It is our Bill of Rights or wish list for a better South Africa. Its main tenets are featured on a stone circle inside an interesting building at its centre built from materials recovered from the existing dwellings demolished to build the square. Its shape evokes buildings found in the remains of cities built in this part of the world before the arrival of the European colonisers.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Houghton Estate
Following hotel pickup in Johannesburg or Pretoria, your personalized tour of the historic city starts off with a visit to the home Nelson Mandela lived in just prior to his death in the still high wealth suburb of Houghton. From here you cross the “Rand” or to give it its full name the “Witwatersrand”. “rand” means ridge in Afrikaans. This is Johannesburg’s only prominent physical feature, a high ridge that bisects Johannesburg from east to west and to a great extent its wealth. In the past, the wealthy gold barons built their mansions along the ridge giving them a great view to the north where the majority of Joburg’s well-off residents now live. The mansions are still there and we will stop close to the top of the Rand on Munro Drive for the magnificent view they share. Because of its association with the wealthy our currency, the Rand is named after it and we orientate our location in the city in relation to it, West Rand, East Rand, North Rand, Midrand, and so on.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult, a senior or a youth.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Mmilo Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Johannesburg and Soweto Private Guided Tour with Shebeen Lunch.?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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It was very informative. I was able...
Tomoka U
, Aug 2016
It was very informative. I was able to recap what happend in the country with regards to apartheid.
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My tour with Mtsimane Mekgwe was...
Liz_G
, Jul 2016
My tour with Mtsimane Mekgwe was spectacular! He was very knowledgeable about all things Johannesburg. I had requested a private tour because there were a few places I wanted to revisit. Mtsimane was a superhero! He kept track of my list better than I did and had some awesome suggestions of his own.

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