Vilakazi Street, Johannesburg

Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Once the residence of two Noble Prize winners, Vilakazi Street stretches for only 1 km (0.6 mi) but boasts more than its fair share of history. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu lived here, but the street shot to fame as the site of Hector Pieterson's shooting, which sparked the 1976 riots. The street's most famous attraction can be found at number 8115-- Nelson Mandela house, now a museum. Make Vilakazi Street a part of your Johannesburg vacation plans using our Johannesburg road trip planning app.
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  • Walk from Tutu's house to Mandela's house and experience this historical street. There's a lot of poverty still in Soweto, and it's sad that for many, not much has changed since democracy has come :(  more »
  • I was so disappointed with my visit to Vilikazi Street. It has become so commercialized and touristy, that they have lost the special vibe that was there. There were artists(dancers) who harassed the....  more »
  • It was nice to see the historic street, but it has become rather touristie. We were more interested in the history than the novelty.  more »

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