Johannesburg Political and Historical Tour

Johannesburg · History and Politics · Art and Culture


Ideal for those experiencing a Johannesburg vacation and who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of South Africa’s storied past, the Johannesburg Political and Historical Tour takes travellers to a collection of prominent heritage sites and locations relating to South Africa’s history and politics. Led by a guide that’ll unfold the story of South Africa’s struggle throughout the day, the Nelson Mandela Tour includes stops at Liliesleaf Farm, the Regina Mundi Church, Mary Fitzgerald Square and general Newtown sites, Freedom Square in Soweto, the Carlton Centre and Constitution Hill. There are also plenty of photo opportunities at the Soweto Cooling Towers, the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Nelson Mandela Bridge and various homes in Vilakazi Street.

Tour Highlights

  • Liliesleaf Farm and Museum
  • Regina Mundi Church
  • Hector Pieterson Memorial
  • Vilakazi Street
  • Freedom Square
  • Constitution Hill

Detailed Itinerary

Liliesleaf Farm and Museum

The tour begins with a guided tour of Liliesleaf Farm, the secret meeting place of the ANC members. Continue to the Regina Mundi Church, famed for opening its doors to anti-apartheid groups and activists during the struggle. Then, travel to both the Soweto Cooling Towers and the Hector Pieterson Memorial for photo opportunities.


Next, drive past the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital and enjoy a photo opportunity at the Nelson Mandela Bridge before continuing to Newtown. Here, enjoy a tour of Mary Fitzgerald Square, named so after South Africa’s first female trade unionist, as well as other Newtown hotspots.

Vilakazi Street

Enjoy a lovely lunch in Vilakazi Street, followed by a quick tour and photo opportunity of the homes of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela.

Freedom Square and Constitution Hill

After a tour of Freedom Square, travel to Constitution Hill to view the prestigious monuments that are home to South Africa’s Constitutional Court.

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