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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simsid2014 Says:

Vilakazi is a street with a huge historical strength. That is the street where the great men of Africa resides. Men such as Dr. Nelson Mandela & co. Is a major tourist site in South Africa, and a...

sadnab2016 Says:

Vilakazi street offers you a microcosm of Soweto and its history. The houses of two Nobel Peace Prize winners is a must. There is a selection of restaurants , dancers , music and loads of memorabilia...

Stewart R Says:

Walked down Vilakazi Street after touring Soweto on foot for about 2 hours. With the developments taking place over the years, this place has really turned into an attraction for visitors to eat...

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