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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_amalango Says:

I enjoyed the visit to Soweto thanks to City Sightseeing and Soweto Combo. The street coprises of houses of Nelson Mandela and Desmund Tutu, the Nopel prize winners. Enjoyed the dance organised by...

cjdotheworld Says:

Home to the Mandela house and residence of Tutu. Its the only street in the world with the homes of two Nobel prize winners. The Mandela house tour is nothing special unless you're impressed that...

The-Midlander Says:

Visited here with my family, whilst taking them to see the Mandela House. An absolute must for anyone visiting Johannesburg and wanting to get under the skin of Soweto. If you’ve got a car (easy to...

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