Soweto consists of a community of extremes. On the one hand there is abject poverty and on the other hand there is extraordinary wealth in the upper class suburbs such as Diepkloof Extension and Selection Park. Some of the houses in that area sell for over one and two million rands. Today Soweto is the largest black residential area in South Africa and has a population of more than 3.5 million people. On this tour in Soweto, your guide, will take you past all the highlights in Soweto. The Soweto tour will take you deep into the township culture, so you can enjoy a personal experience of how vibrant and lively this part of Johannesburg really is. On our way to Soweto we pass by the National Football Stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. We enter the Diepkloof area, where we will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West we visit Vilakazi Street- drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this Soweto tour we will pass by the Mandela House. A visit into the museum is optional. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. We drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end our tour with a stop at one of the largest hospitals in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999. This tour starts at the Maropeng Visitors Centre. It describes the facts about the evolution of the world and especially humankind, explained in an interactive way. It is especially entertaining for families with children and to those inquisitive minds. See fossils, learn how humankind evolved, view stone tools up to 1-million years old, and take a ride through the ‘ice age’ .From Maropeng we proceed to the Visitors Centre of the Sterkfontein Caves, where a permanent hominid exhibition is displayed. Paleontologists and archaeologists consider this to be one of the top archaeological sites in the world. A tour into the caves is included!
PRETORIA CITY TOUR
On this half day tour you will learn a lot about the fascinating history of South Africa during a Pretoria city experience. Pretoria is the capital of South Africa and therefore full of historic sites. We visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the government. The buildings are beautifully situated in terraced gardens, where you can enjoy an idyllic walk to the statue of Nelson Mandela. Another major attraction on this tour is the Voortrekker Monument. This monument is of great significance to many Afrikaans speaking South Africans, there it stands for Afrikaner Nationalism. The monument is in the shape of a big stone cube. The interior walls depict the story of the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next interesting site on our tour is the Paul Kruger House Museum. Kruger National Park is named after Paul Kruger. Learn more about this fascinating man and his life. The house displays furniture and personal items of the Kruger family. Pretoria has character in its buildings and during this city architecture tour you will be given ample opportunity to ask your guide about the history behind the buildings and culture. We visit Church Square with prominent buildings like the Ou Raadsaal and the Palace of Justice.