I’m a couple of days behind on my posts because our days are so full and I don’t have much time to download my pictures and choose which to share.
We spent a full day touring Johannesburg on Saturday. We started by visiting Nelson Mandela’s last home which his grandchildren still live in. Mandela is idolized in this country and there are tributes to him everywhere. The house is surrounded by stones with messages written by visitors.
We were accompanied throughout the day by an excellent local guide. Our next stop was the Apartheid Museum. It is divided in two sections, one covering the tragic Apartheid era and the other Nelson Mandela’s life.
From the museum we proceeded to Soweto for a tour of the township and lunch. Living conditions in Soweto have improved, but there are still “shanty town” areas in which the people live in extreme poverty. At lunch we were entertained by the drummer and dancers in the street.
We also visited the Hector Pieterson Memorial, honoring 600 students killed in an uprising protesting Apartheid. Hector Pieterson was killed in the uprising and his sister is the woman pictured as a little girl in the poster. She came and spoke with us! It was very moving!
That evening we were on our own for dinner and we had a fabulous meal at a steakhouse on Nelson Mandela Square.