Hop on the red minibus taxi for a unique trip to Soweto.
No visit to the city of Johannesburg is complete without a trip into its largest and most vibrant township, Soweto. It's home to more than 1.2-million South Africans and some of the most significant historical events in South Africa took place here.
There are several stops (some very short) along the route and when the trip is complete it becomes clear how each stop ties into the theme of freedom, and how through the sacrifices of many of Soweto’s inhabitants, the struggle against apartheid was won.
Best way to explore Johannesburg city and Soweto
- FNB Stadium (known as Soccer City during the 2010 FIFA World Cup), the biggest stadium in Africa, built in the form of a calabash or Zulu clay pot, traditionally used for serving umqombothi (beer)
- Diepkloof, a diverse neighbourhood
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, built during the Second World War, the largest hospital in the world
- Bara Taxi Rank, the largest in Johannesburg
- Orlando Towers, a colourful landmark popular for bungee and base jumping, and abseiling
- Orlando Stadium, the first ever sports facility built for black South Africans in a residential area
- Hector Pieterson Memorial in Orlando West
- Vilakazi Street, the only street in the world in which two Nobel Prize winners have lived
- Kliptown Open Air Museum in Walter Sisulu Square
At the Hector Pieterson Memorial, you'll hop off and hear about the events of 16 June 1976 – the day when the young Hector was killed when police opened fire on students who were protesting against, among other things, the introduction of Afrikaans as a language of instruction in township schools.
Then walk in the footsteps of the South African legend Nelson Mandela, as you hop off in Vilakazi Street. Enter the Mandela House, now a museum, where he and his family used to live. Just down the road lies the house where Desmond Tutu lived.
In this same street you will encounter the eclectic atmosphere that emanates from the markets and memorabilia stands, as well as the various eateries like the Mandela Family Restaurant, NexDor and Sakhumzi.
The final stop is the Kliptown Open Air Museum in Walter Sisulu Square where in 1955, 3 000 people came together to adopt the Freedom Charter. See for yourself, engraved in stone, the 10 tenets upon which the South African Constitution is based.
Where does the Johannesburg Red City Tour and Soweto Combo start?
The Soweto tour, which is an extension of the Joburg Red City Tour, departs from stop 4 at Gold Reef City Casino every hour from 10.05am to 2.05pm. On arrival at Gold Reef City Casino, you'll be met by your Soweto tour guide and driver.
The trip through Soweto (from departure to returning to Gold Reef City Casino) takes approximately two hours. Unless you hop on the last taxi of the day (2.05pm), you'll have the option of spending a bit more time at the Hector Pieterson Museum or in Vilakazi Street.