About Soweto

Soweto is a township of the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng,

South Africa, bordering the city’s mining belt in the south. Its name is an English syllabic abbreviation for South Western Townships.

Formerly a separate municipality, it is now incorporated in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality,
Suburbs of Johannesburg.

Two Cities

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 with the land in extent of 120KM squared. There is a visible development since 1994 (Post Apartheid Era).

Soweto and Apartheid Museum Tour

COST:    R1200.00 per person

GUIDE:   Vusi Kunene

TOUR DAYS:   Everyday

TIME: 09:30  – 13:00

Soweto Bike Tour

There's no better way to experience Soweto than by bike. Our tour guide will pick you from Urban Backpackers at 9am. You will take local minibus taxis to Soweto from Bree Street Station with our tour guide.

As you ride out of the City, you will see the journey from a different perspective. This is how millions of people still make their journey home. Once in Soweto, you will pick up your bikes and from there, explore the sights and sounds of Soweto in the company of your local tour guide.

You will get to see Credo Muthwa village, Vilakazi street, Hector Peterson memorial and you'll get to sample local cuisine.

COST:    R550.00 per person

GUIDE:   Mofihli

TOUR DAYS:   Everyday

TIME: 09:30  – 17:00 (5 Hours)

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URBAN BACKPACKERS is a gathering place for people from all corners of the globe wanting to experience a fair share of Joburg’s flair and still feel right at home.

We offer cheap hostel accommodation as well as a restaurant and world class entertainment


Choose from a double room for your comfort and privacy. Or opt for one of our twin rooms. If you're travelling in a group, book a 4 or 6 sleeper dormitory:)

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