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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shokara Says:

It's busy, bustling with locals and tourists of all race and colour. There's shops and market stalls along the street with lots of restaurants and bars to chill and overlook the busy street in Soweto...

Murat B Says:

Like many other parts of South Africa, you should visit this place with a guide. There are historical restaurants, houses of Mandela and Tutu and hand craft shops. I found it interesting.

TravelOften1968 Says:

This is the famous street where you can find the homes of Mandela and Tutu plus lots of restaurants serving local cuisine. Very popular with locals and tourists alike and a great walk when you are...

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