Once known as the impoverished apartheid slum where Nelson Mandela lived, Soweto has evolved into a place of pride for many, the hot heart of the new democratic South Africa. On Vilakazi Street are the early homes of two Nobel prize laureates, Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Then there’s the Hector Pieterson Museum, commemorating Pieterson and other youngsters killed in the Soweto uprisings captured on screen in Sarafina!. Today there are numerous tours into the township, showcasing its taverns, B&Bs, a theatre and even a Soweto bungee jump from the Orlando cooling towers. Base yourself at our pick of the best hotels in Soweto to get to know its fascinating history and culture.