Africa Travel Week

Walk like a Local with Vilakazi Street Tourism

Imagine this: You are standing in the heart of Soweto. You turn slowly to absorb your surroundings, inhale deeply, considering the interesting smells. You listen carefully to the sounds that surround you, fully immersed in the heart of South Africa’s largest and most famous township.   

A lively tavern, craft shops and a busy B&B fuel the life and vibrancy of Vilakazi Street, once home to Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. This is a street of Nobel Peace Prize Winners.  

Here’s what to expect when you start your “Walk like a Local” tour with Vilakazi Street Tourism, founded by Tshepo Kenneth Marumo, whose heart and soul has gone into building up tourism in the area. Tshepo’s ambition is to own his own tourism office and boost the attractiveness of this Jo’burg attraction further.   

You’ll ‘walk’ alongside the locals of Soweto, being exposed to local arts and craft markets, the residents’ culture and daily life, and visit all the points of interest in the area.   

Lunch will tickle your taste buds with local flavours, snacks and refreshments throughout the day. This unique walking tour also offers some incredible photo opportunities and a true insight into what Soweto is all about – the day-to-day that Tshepo wants to share with all visitors.   

Vilakazi Street Tourism Trust, also founded by Tshepo, focuses heavily on sustainable development of tourism and its benefits in the community. The Trust supports local education, sports and games for childhood initiatives. During this authentic engagement with Soweto, you’ll get to know all those special experiences that are close to Tshepo’s heart, as well as his dreams of developing and sustaining the local community.  

Should you wish to experience this unique, local tour, please contact Vilakazi Street Tourism on:  

062 434 7855  



Africa Travel Week

Africa Travel Week (ATW) focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology. Shows include: ILTM Africa, WTM Africa, EQUAL Africa, ibtm AFRICA, Travel Forward, Sports & Events Tourism Exchange and African Tourism Investment Summit.