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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Vilakazi Street is located in Orlando West, situated in Soweto.
Venue Name:Vilakazi Street
Vilakazi St, Orlando West, Soweto
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Terry P Says:
Our group concluded our Soweto tour by walking down Vilakazi Street. On the street is Mandela's home which was very interesting. We were able to walk through the house and see many mementoes from...
Baveshree P Says:
Living in SA and to visit such a historic site, what an awesome experience. Thanks to friends who were going, we joined them and their kids. Food was good but atmosphere was better and it was safe to...
Neva W Says:
Ate at several excellent restaurants on this street. Also visited the Mandela house and outside of Desmond Tutu's house. The street dancers were very skilled. Lots of history on this street. Don't...