Soweto is the only place in the world to have raised two Nobel Prize winners. Both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu both have residences on Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.
The Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital  is the largest hospital in the world with over 3000 beds.
The name Soweto was first used in 1963 to describe the groups of townships to the south west of Johannesburg, and it is an acronym for South Western Townships. These townships were originally established after an outbreak of bubonic plague in the inner city slums of Johannesburg in 1904, but under the apartheid government, many black South Africans were forcefully relocated from the city and its suburbs to Soweto and other townships.
Most visitors to Soweto take a tour from their Johannesburg hotel. However, you can do Soweto independently with a car.
Unless you are with Soweto locals you probably do not want to stray from the Orlando West tourist friendly area on your own. Soweto is huge and those without an African complexion will feel very conspicuous.
It is best to visit Soweto as part of an official tour group by a SATSA  accredited tour guide.
Wandies, 618 Makhalamele Street, Dube, ☎ +27 (0)11 982-2796 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Offers some of the best indigenous South African menus, including Mogodu (tripe) and pap. Put you business card on the wall with those of many visitors before.
The Back Room, Shop 20, Pimville Square Shopping Center, Modjadji Str, ☎ +27 (0)11 938-9388.
The Rock, 1987 Vundla Drive, Rockville, ☎ +27 (0)11 986-8182, . Night club and restaurant
By and large Soweto is a pretty safe place for tourists to visit. It is not the easiest place to drive around in by yourself so if you are going to stay there overnight get the bed and breakfast owner to meet you on one of the main roads and follow them in or get a transfer in. If you are going to do a tour, go with one of the registered tour companies (see above or contact SATSA ). Try to make sure that the tour company is using a local Soweto/Johannesburg guide as makes for better insight to the place and its history.