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Thanks to the country’s rich and oft tumultuous history, township experiences have risen in popularity as visitors want a taste of the ‘real’ South Africa. Kim Crowie finds out more.

Places of hardship, poverty, and a cruel regime of the past, South Africa’s townships hold a world of history within. These days, however, transformation is taking place – slower than some would like, but change is coming nonetheless, and in a most unexpected way: through tourism.

This phenomenon is seen country-wide to various degrees as international visitors and domestic tourists alike are  on experiencing the real South Africa. As a result, places like Soweto now have a booming tour industry with a host of local experiences and attractions to choose from.

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