Did you know?
Present-day Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto was originally built for convalescing British and Commonwealth soldiers.
Kgomotso Pooe, one of Soweto's most enterprising young entrepreneurs who heads up Sowetoo and Soweto Outdoor Adventures, explains that the idea of Sowetoo is to offer visitors as comprehensive a tourism experience as possible, with activities ranging from quad biking and bicycle tours to historic tours, arts and craft experiences and birdwatching.
The award-winning Roots Restaurant & Gallery is also under the Sowetoo umbrella. The art gallery at Roots, the first of its kind in Soweto, is the place to find township art from all over South Africa. It's also a great place for food and live entertainment.
Create your own ethnic souvenirs at Mahlatsi Arts & Crafts, hop on a bike or take a walking tour to historic Kliptown where, in 1955, the historic Freedom Charter, the basis for South Africa’s constitution, was signed in a dusty field, now a national heritage site. Aahaah Shuttle & Tours will guide you around historic and cultural sites and introduce you to authentic township cuisine and culture.
After a busy day, come to roost for the night in the Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre, overlooking Freedom Square, or in a friendly township B&B.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Cell: +27 (0)72 947 3311
Tours to do
Sowetoo offers a number of different township tours.
Length of stay
At least a full day to properly explore the area.
Where to stay
Soweto Hotel & Conference Centre on Freedom Square is a good bet. For budget accommodation try Lebo's Soweto Backpackers. Sowetoo will also be able to advise you on accommodation options in the area.
What to eat
Traditional township food at Roots. Wandie’s Place in Dube, which is very touristy but great fun, also has an excellent selection of traditional cuisine.
An original artwork from the Roots Gallery.