Located at the edge of the mining belt in South Africa, Soweto is an urban area in Johannesburg. The area is well known for its historical significance during the pre and post World War Era. However, the region came to limelight with the outbreak of the Soweto Uprising in 1976. The movement was a turning point how the black African Racial community would be viewed in the world and led to key events like the death of colonization in Africa and the rise of the ‘Black Power’ in Africa. Soweto today is a popular tourist destination in Africa and is known to be the birth place of World icons and Nobel Prize winners Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. In many ways the uprising in the country is similar to India’s struggle for Independence and makes Soweto a place which is a must visit for Indians who visit Africa. Here are some reasons why Indians should visit Soweto.

1. Nelson Mandela

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Considered as the ‘Father of the Nation’ by South Africa, Nelson Mandela is often seen as what Mahatma Gandhi was to India. Nelson Mandela was a former resident in Soweto till he was imprisoned in 1962. His house is still present in Orlando west and is one of the popular tourist attractions in Soweto. The house contains several articles used by the Mandela family andd a guided tour will help you get a better knowledge about the life and times of the great leader.   

 

 

 

 

2. Tuk Tuk

tuk-tukThe Tuk Tuk is a variant of the auto rickshaw which is a popular mode of transport there. Unlike the auto rickshaws found in India, the Tuk Tuks in Africa have doors and are surprisingly manufactured bythe Indian Bajaj Auto Company. Various tours around the town in hired Tuk Tuks which cover few of the most important historical sites in Johannesburg. The auto rickshaw is considered as a luxury mode of transport in Soweto and other parts of Africa and the special tours attract a huge number oftourists to the region.

 

 

 

 

3. Fair Trade Travel

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to providing responsible tourism in South Africa and also has a branch in Soweto. The organization’s prime goal is to promote the tourism and to make sure that the people who provide the various tourist facilities in South Africa reap the most benefits. The Fair Trade Travel tours will make you experience the most breathtaking landscapes and the most important historical monuments and provide detailed information about all the places you visit. Soweto is a small urbanized area of the Johannesburg region but has a rich historical significance. The place is considered to be the place where the Dark Continent and the Black People saw their rise to being a world power and the various monuments and attractions in the town are a must visit.

fair-trade-travelAbout the Writer

Rohit Agarwal is a keen travel blogger and likes to discover new places and experience the different cultures in the world. He also owns and maintains Trans India Travel. http://www.transindiatravels.com

Top Photo Credit of Gandhi-Mandela: Belén Morales 

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