We arrived here a day before our OAT tour began and arranged for a private tour of Soweto which included Kliptown as well. Our impression was that Johannesburg is a place to avoid because of crime and environmental problems. As a former mining camp, the city is dotted with mine tailing berms which contain toxic byproducts of the mining process.
Kliptown and Soweto, while a slum, seemed more welcoming and safe. The people we met at the Kliptown Youth Center appeared optimistic and focused on their mission to prepare youths for work.