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. The street 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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Kay L Says:

Welcome to the most famous street in SOWETO! This is where the action takes place. Hawkers, street performers, artists, craftmen, vegetable hawkers and curio stalls flank the street from the House of...

therealsouthafrica Says:

This is the place to be! The entertainment, shops, Mandela house, restaurants and local people are there to share their culture with you.

seetheworld010 Says:

Nelson Mandela house, Desmond Tutu house, street dancers, market set up for beautiful African pieces, Hector Pieterson Memorial and museum. This is the place to go in Soweto.

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