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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Sojournwithme Says:

Soweto has matured and experienced much healing since the mid 90s and the end of Apartheid. Vilakazi street is populated with artisan souvenir stalls, the Nelson Mandela Museum, and restaurants. Do...

Pkoch Says:

Thanks to Mandela and Tutu who both lived on this street, This has besome the most famous street of Soweto and the most visited by tourists. There are musuems, souvenir shops, dancers on the street...

highimpactuk Says:

The most famous street in South Africa - having had two previous nobel prize winners live on it, is definitely worth visiting. Stop to see the homes but also take a walk around the area to feel the...

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