My mom and I traveled to South Africa over spring break thanks to a sweet flight deal over Christmas that most people used to head to Dubai (for more on travel savings, check out this post). We are both very pro-black empowerment so we decided we wanted to stay in the neighborhood where South Africa effectively segregated mine-working blacks in the 20th century – Soweto (short for Southwest Township).
In researching a black-owned hotel, I came across the Soweto Hotel, a four-star hotel that is not only black owned and managed but is female owned and managed as well! Black female bosses around the world unite!
All of the rooms are inspired by the black struggle to end apartheid, and the hotel itself is located in Walter Sisulu Square, where thousands of people met in 1955 to draw up and adopt the Freedom Charter. This is a recurring theme – South Africa doesn’t try to hide it’s history, but presents it everywhere and in different ways, both as a sign of tribute and remembrance, but also as an inspiration of hope.