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Our most recommended Cape Town Township Tours

  • Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    1. Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe. Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub) and try some homemade beer. See a traditional healer in action, and then drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact within communities today. See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. Afterwards, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

    This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.

  • Cape Town: Half-Day Guided Township Tour

    2. Cape Town: Half-Day Guided Township Tour

    Traveling is only as deep as the people you interact with, and on this half-day tour, you will get to discover Cape Town in an up-close and personal way through the eyes of the locals. During your time together, you will have a chance to dig deeper into the multicultural side of Cape Town, and hear their personal stories of forceful removals from District Six to the rich cultural landscape of township life. The day either begins at 08.00 or at 13.00, returning approximately four-and-a-half hours later. You will begin in District Six with the Museum (closed Sundays). Here you can educate yourself on the forceful removal of over 60,000 inhabitants in the 1970s by the apartheid regime. This once lively community of former slaves, artisans and merchants was once home to almost 1/10 of the city of Cape Town's population before the brutality that came. After your education, you will move to ...

    Friendly, knowledgeable local guides who gave us an authentic experience. Brought the long term effects of apartheid sharply into focus for me. I hope and pray for a better multi cultural future for Capetown and South Africa

  • Cape Town: 3 to 4-Hour Township Tour

    3. Cape Town: 3 to 4-Hour Township Tour

    Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe. Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub) and try some homemade beer.  See a traditional healer in action, and then drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact. See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. End in the Khayelitsha township and hear about the work the Philani Center does for local mothers and children.

    Well organised and composed tour with great guides that gave a good view of life in a township. We were given a historical baclground of how the townships were formed as a result of the apartheid politics, and we git to visit a township home and see the daily lives in the township. We were lucky to go on a sunday when the tour includes a 30 minutes visit at local baptiskt church meeting which was a fantastic experience.

  • Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    4. Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    Your tour will start at the historical site of District Six, where inhabitants were forcibly removed according to the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the Apartheid era. From there we will move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Next we travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these township and how they affected everyday life. We with the township chapter of our tour with a visit to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. We break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. Next we take the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a ...

    Lots of standing. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry crackers or ginger with you to calm your belly if you typically experience motion sickness. Great overall experience.

  • Half Day Township Cultural Tour

    5. Half Day Township Cultural Tour

    Join this tour for a unique experience traveling through the three South Africa’s: The birth, where it all started; Apartheid South Africa, what happened then; and the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Departing from Cape Town city center, the first stop is in the Bo-Kaap. Here you'll discuss the arrival of an expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 that proved to be a monumental turning point in the South African history. Taking a short walk along the romantic cobblestone streets between the brightly colored homes, your tour guide explains how the framework for racial segregation was established. Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, a short drive brings you to District Six where you'll learn more about the next tier in the South African story i.e. Apartheid South Africa. Once in District Six, you'll drive through the now decaying ruins of...

    This is a most do experience for any traveller interested in the history of South Africa from the inside. Our guide, Gladstone was able to transport us through the different phases of the political situations in South Africa , all the while maintaining a positive and forward thinking attitude towards the future. We were greatly blessed by his first hand reminiscence of growing up in a township and for his insistence on forgiveness as the most critical element in building the new South Africa. He dismantled the stereotypes of township life and encouraged us to see the progress and hope in this new exciting era. Gladstone displayed great sensitivity as we confronted some terrible historical injustices, all the while leading us away from common misconceptions and into a deeper understanding and respect for the African people.

  • Cape Town: Half Day Township Small Group Tour

    6. Cape Town: Half Day Township Small Group Tour

    Guests will be picked up at their accommodation in Cape Town by a qualified tour guide/driver at 9 a.m. and drive for approximately 20 minutes to one of the city's oldest townships known to the locals as Langa (meaning ‘Sun’ in Xhosa). The township is named after a very respected chief Langalibalele, who was a renowned rainmaker who spent time in jail on Robben Island in 1873. Upon your arrival in this township, your driver will introduce you to the local site tour guide. The site guide will accompany you on a short walking tour (0.5 miles or less than a kilometer), affording opportunities to interact with locals.  The walking portion will start at Gugasthebe, where various non-profit organizations teach skills to the local youth. You will visit what used to be a detention center during apartheid, before proceeding to the local shebeen or tavern. Here you will learn how the local beer, ...

  • Township Eco Tour

    7. Township Eco Tour

    As part of a small guided group you will experience a slice of life for the average South African. You will ride the same trains locals use to commute to work every day and take a guided walk through the community they live in. In a hands-on way you will be volunteering at a community food garden and soup kitchen that feeds the needy. Your tour will start at Cape Town Station, the main station, serving the city center and surroundings. From here we will journey by train to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Many locals commute daily by train from the townships. However, it is not necessarily a mode of transport you would use as a tourist as the main Cape Town tourist area is predominantly served by taxis and buses. Once in Langa, we will take a guided walk through the streets of the community, taking in all the sights and sounds of this bustling environment. From there we go ...

  • Cape Town: Guided Cycling Tour

    8. Cape Town: Guided Cycling Tour

    Experience some of the highlights Cape Town has to offer whilst keeping fit and getting some fresh air. Meet at Lookout Hill and take this cycling tour accompanied by a professional guide, learning about some of the rich history and culture of one of South Africa's most famous cities. On the tour you will visit the Indlovini Informal Settlement, grab coffee at Sikis Coffee Shop, taste spinach bread at Khayelitsha's first green bakery, engage with reformed prisoners at the 18 Gangster Museum then try South African BBQ for lunch at Rands. Cape Town is known as the Mother City, and is the second most-populous city in South Africa. Take this exciting tour to discover some hidden gems and local culture whilst meeting locals. Maybe you'll even learn some Afrikaans along the way.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 633 reviews

This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.

Luv is a great guide! He knows and explains a lot, promotes mutual understanding, treats people with great respect and impartiality and made great contacts with the people in the townships possible. Absolutely to be recommended!

It was the most educational and interesting activity so far. Kona my guide is very professional, he know very well his topic. I learn a lot about South African culture. I highly recommand this experience.

To see where our political fighter were staying and learn about their history and all difficulties they lived in. I salute them.

Great Guides! Authentic and really interesting tour!