Our guide is Trevor Tutu, son of Desmond Tutu. Their family home is on Vilakazi street, the same street where the Mandelas lived, and the same street where Hector Pieterson was shot by police in the 1976 uprising against Apartheid ... More info ›
Our guide is Trevor Tutu, son of Desmond Tutu. Their family home is on Vilakazi street, the same street where the Mandelas lived, and the same street where Hector Pieterson was shot by police in the 1976 uprising against Apartheid. This is site of the famous photo by Sam Nzima of the fatally wounded Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubu.
Trevor offers a truly unique perspective on the attractions and is probably the best qualified guide for Soweto and also a notable commentator on the state of South Africa today. He is a fountain of knowledge and a charismatic conservationist.
We'll visit Vilakazi Street, Soweto where Trevor will show you the spot where Hector Pieterson was shot, then we walk from there to the Museum,the Mandela home, the Tutu home, the police station and the school. We end with optional lunch at one of the restaurants on Vilakazi Street.
First we drive to Soweto during which Trevor will give you an overview of the background of Apartheid in South Africa leading up to the events that took place at the sites you'll be visiting. He'll also talk about various landmarks coming in to Soweto.
Then we will walk through Vilakazi Street, stopping at each house of significance - Mandela house, Tutu house, The church, the school, the police station and the spot where Hector Pieterson was shot. We'll go in to the Hector Pieterson museum and also visit a great souvenir shopping spot, before we take some time for lunch at one of the restaurants on Vilakazi street.
Next we will visit the Sisulu home and go past Orlando hostel which was to accommodate migrant workers, before heading to Regina Mundi, the church used for incognito resistance meetings. From there on the way back we can go past various other points of interest depending on time and the guests interests.