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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nokuzukam Says:

I am a South African but I must say it is kinda embarrassing for me to say I visited Vilakazi Street in Soweto Johannesburg for the first time on 02 December 2017. I could not believe that I was in...

Abu_Firas_11 Says:

Had a lunch stop and visited Mandela’s House. Vibrant streets with many shops, restaurants and stalls to sell almost anything and everything. Many dancers as well.

Paul K Says:

I found this street to be the least interesting and most touristy part of a day long guided tour of Soweto. I did not go in the Mandela home which is now a museum since it seemed touristy. There...

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