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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308patiencez Says:

We visited the restaurant after touring Soweto with guests. We were 15 patrons and the staff was so welcoming. Special table arrangement was done to make us comfortable. We were entertained with...

chichi n Says:

It was a good place to shop for arts and craft, eat and visit Mandela's house. One of the must-sees of Soweto

BurnyE Says:

Vilakazi Street is the only street in the world that housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Not many countries can brag with an achievement like this, yet alone cities. The street has been developed...

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