South African Township

•    Lively suburb
•    Apartheid history
•    Close to sights in Soweto

Greenvillage is a neighbourhood in Soweto township, which is home to 40% of Johannesburg’s population. During the apartheid it was meant to be a dormitory for the black workforce - and this historic touch still prevails in the area. Some parts of Soweto are among of the poorest in the country, with matchbox houses and slum-like conditions. Many people commute to the city for work. 

Greenvillage is one of the mid-range neighbourhoods dating back to the 90’s. Here you will find brick houses, running water and a good level of safety. The majority of families are Christian. Soccer is one of the greatest passions for people of all ages here. You’ll find kids practice on the dusty fields daily. What really gets the people going is the Soweto Derby: a match between the two major local teams, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. 

 

DUARA CONTACT: EDMUND

 
 

“My name is Edmund, I am a tourism student and I love interacting with different people from all over the world and learning about their cultures and believes. Soweto is very rich in culture and history and as I grew up at Greenvillage, I know most parts of Soweto.”

PRICE of the stay IN GREENVILLAGE:

0 EUR for 2 Ambassadors for 3 days

Including:

  • homestay accommodation in a private room with a lock
  • shared toilet and washing room
  • electricity, fan, bedsheets and towels
  • breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • volunteering for Duara (see the Ambassador page)

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Things to do IN GREENVILLAGE:

 

  • Feel the history (and present) of apartheid
  • Lose a game of soccer against the township kids
  • Take a picnic / barbecue in Thokoza park
  • Visit a school or kindergarten
  • Join the Soweto tuktuk/ cycling / quad biking / walking tours to learn about its history 
  • Visit Mandela's house
  • Bungy jump off the Soweto Towers
  • Buy local handicraft products at the market
  • Visit a local Church 

 


HOW TO GET THERE

The easiest, fastest and safest way to get to Greenvillage is by taxi. A single trip from Johannesberg to Greenvillage costs 14.50 rand per person. There may be an extra charge for luggage. The ride takes about 50 minutes. 

There are also train and bus connections to Naledi, which is the closest stop to Greenvillage. From Naledi you must take a taxi to Greenvillage. Public transport can be very packed during commuting hours. 

 

Become a Duara ambassador and help us add Greenvillage to our village portfolio!

No one has has visited this village yet through Duara. We need your help in visiting the village, validating all the host families, briefing them and the Duara Contact, collecting some material for administration and helping us build this website profile for the village. For that, we will need some insightful text and high quality photos. Fill in the form on the ambassador page or send an email to elina@duaratravels.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!