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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Fernando P Says:

Soweto offers much more than just history. For the adrenalin junkies there is enough to do, I suggest the Bungee jumping at the towers, and for the "good times", there is Vilakazi street that offers...

InTransit07 Says:

Located in Soweto, Vilakazi Street is full of rich South African liberation history. One gets to see the Mandela home and museum, the Tutu home and many other struggle icons.

Sandy_JSR Says:

It is a vibrant street with several restaurants and shops. However, the main attraction is obviously Nelson Mandela’s old house where his family stayed during his imprisonment & Desmond Tutu's house...

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