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 – it 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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Ian B Says:

Visited here several times over the years, nothing much has changed. Overpriced drinks, the usual tourist traps. However, the only reason you will find yourself here is due to the close proximity to...

Chasing-history Says:

This area is one of the historical highlights of the city and is quite busy on weekends . It boasts the homes of 2 Nobel laureates and is very well maintained and safe with a purely South African...

Leera1 Says:

Woke up on June 16 2017, my son asked why the day was a holiday... i took it as an opportunity to take him down memory lane and answer all other questions that may arise of how we got here as South...

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