Soweto (an acronym from South Western Townships), is the most populous black urban residential area in the country, the most metropolitan township in the country - setting trends in politics, fashion, music, dance and language. It is on most tourists' lists of places to visit in SA.
It consists of a cluster of townships sprawling across a vast area 20 kilometres, contrasting wealthy residences with shanty shack-dwelling areas. It has spawned many political, sporting and social personalities, including Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu - the two Nobel peace prize laureates, who once lived in the now famous Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. It is also home to two great rival soccer teams - Orlando Pirates & Kaizer Chiefs. With heritage sites, restaurants, shebeens and accommodation options aplenty, Soweto is well worth visiting, whether on a day tour or for a longer period to experience the real Soweto - a place of friendship, vibrancy and contrasts. A number of accommodation options can be found throughout Soweto, some within walking distance of Vilakazi Street, and some have received AA Travel Guide Awards for best traditional township accommodation and best modern township accommodation.