Travel to Johannesburg
Participate in a local soccer match
Details: Johannesburg guided sightseeing tour
Crackling with energy, dynamic Johannesburg embodies much of the hope -- and some of the growing pains -- of the new South Africa. Street vendors hawking herbal medicine and African crafts have moved in among the towering skyscrapers and traditional Dutch buildings of the Central Business District, and down the street the once-feared Rand Supreme Court continues to uphold and expand the country’s new constitution, one of the most liberal in the world. Get a sense of the spirit of “Jo’burg” with a local licensed guide.
Details: Soweto guided sightseeing tour
See the hotspot of South Africa's freedom movement. Soweto (originally short for "Southwestern Townships") grew up as a ghetto for Johannesburg's poor black workers, but it became the central point of resistance to the segregationist policies of apartheid. On June 16, 1976, thirty thousand students took to Soweto's streets in a protest that spread throughout the country, eventually leading to the abolition of apartheid. Soweto has been home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and the Mandela House is now a museum dedicated to Nelson's life and works. Freedom Square commemorates the Freedom Charter, promising equal justice for all, which became the guiding principle for the African National Congress. You'll also see Baragwanath Hospital, the largest hospital in the world, where more than 2,000 patients check in each day.