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Vilakazi Street

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Address: Soweto, South Africa
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Get in touch with reality of the past as you listen and hear how the nationalists dealt with apartheid system. Events of 1950s upwards leading to the youths uprising and ultimate... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
John C
Harare, Zimbabwe
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

8115 VIlakazi Street is one of the world famous addresses. Owned by Nelson Mandela at his prime as an attorney practicing in Johannesburg with Oliver Tambo. Many raids by the apartheid regime police occurred here. Winnie Mandela held many meetings here. Family outing that will give an in depth inspection on parts of his life. Opens at 9am & closes... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After all the hype surrounding Vilakazi Street I expected more from this area. Smaller , quieter , meeker than you would think.

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Harare, Zimbabwe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get in touch with reality of the past as you listen and hear how the nationalists dealt with apartheid system. Events of 1950s upwards leading to the youths uprising and ultimate building of rainbow nation become alive as you hear acts of great political figures from the past.

Thank John C
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Soweto offers much more than just history. For the adrenalin junkies there is enough to do, I suggest the Bungee jumping at the towers, and for the "good times", there is Vilakazi street that offers literally everything from good food, good music and shopping. This is where all the Tourist gather and get the history and the vibe o the... More 

Thank Fernando P
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Located in Soweto, Vilakazi Street is full of rich South African liberation history. One gets to see the Mandela home and museum, the Tutu home and many other struggle icons.

Thank InTransit07
Jamshedpur, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is a vibrant street with several restaurants and shops. However, the main attraction is obviously Nelson Mandela’s old house where his family stayed during his imprisonment & Desmond Tutu's house. One may wonder by seeing the size of houses here. There are ample of restaurants and bars in the street. Also several small stalls are available in roadside that... More 

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Benicia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

It's amazing to think that both Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela made their homes here. Vibrant vibe and we enjoyed touring the Mandela House and learning more about his life. I didn't expect to be so moved by it.

Thank maryf55
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

One cannot live a full life without visiting this place...the history of SA - from the Mandela's family history to the Tutu's family home, the amazing market, art, music & the friendly community of Orlando west...no wonder people from around the world flock in numbers to this destination...!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Excellent place to visit if you want a balance between history and fun stuff to do. There are loads of trendy restaurants and bars along this street but then also the obvious attractions of Nelson Mandela's old house and Desmond Tutu's house. There are loads of little stalls selling touristy things. We didn't find any of the vendors overbearing, so... More 

1 Thank Tertius L
Coos Bay, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

What a terrific street. Nelson Mandela's house on one end, Desmond Tutu on another! Everything is alive and busy and colorful to the passerby. A street that is a living monument to it's own history. Need to visit when in Soweto.

Thank tartan3673

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