Vilakazi Street is the most visited street in Soweto. Home to the late former present, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who still resides there with his wife Leah. The street also has a a few museums – The Mandela House Museum and The Hector Peterson Museum attract a lot of locals and tourists interested in the history of South Africa.

The street itself is named after Dr. BW Vilakazi who was a poet, novelist, intellectual and the first black man to teach at the University of Witwatersrand. He had a PhD in literature which helped him compile an isiZulu dictionary. He also wrote in several indigenous languages.

Vilakazi Street’s popularity has grown over the years. Restaurants such as Nambitha and Sakhumzi serve local cuisine, which is great for tourists and locals looking to experience authentic South African food. The street is also home to Soweto TV – the only community television in the city of Soweto.

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Ezekiel S Says:

As we didn’t want have time for a tour, we drove to Vilakazi Street and it was inspiring to say the least. However we were warned about the security of the area, so the visit was extremely brief

kdgarlipp Says:

Vilakazi street is a must for anybody visiting Soweto, with the 2 houses of the Nobel peace prize winners, and the nearby Hector Petersen (actually his surname was Pitso) and the scholars protest...

sandra n Says:

" Welcome to Soweto " and the first stopping point was the street called "Vilakazi". Our tour bus let us out and that's the best way to experience Soweto, with all the realness of a genuine...

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