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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Julie W Says:

I actually love going to Vilakazi Street. But this visit the street people/beggars were plentiful and super aggressive!! It was really overwhelming and exhausting. My son and I went there for a meal...

graham a Says:

We came through to Vilakazi street with a few people ,they where from overseas so we decided to show some of the tourist attractions Hector Pieterson Memorial,people where friendly ,and very happy to...

Brett S Says:

This street was home to both Nelson Mandela and Bishop Desmond Tutu so it is I think the only place in the world where 2 nobel prize winners have lived so close? You can visit Nelson Mandela's old...

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