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Cape Town: Half-Day Guided Township Tour

1. 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 Langa, the oldest formal township in South Africa. This suburb was established in 1927, and was established specifically for Black Africans before the apartheid era. There is a history of violent uprisings here, and your visit will be benefited with the local's stories and perspectives. From here we move onto Shebeen (township pub) with the option to taste some traditional beer! How can you turn down a beer with the locals? Finally we move to Khayelitsha - the largest and fastest growing township in South Africa today. Its local name is Xhosa, which means New Home. Here you will get to meet with some of the township entrepreneurs who are breathing new life in to these historic towns. If you're fortunate enough to be with us on a Sunday, we'll even have the chance to visit a charismatic church service in the townships! It's truly an experience not to be missed!

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Museum of Contemporary African Art: Fast-Track Zeitz MOCAA

2. Museum of Contemporary African Art: Fast-Track Zeitz MOCAA

Visit the world's largest museum for contemporary African art in the heart of the V&A Waterfront with skip-the-line access. This museum includes 6,500 square meters (about 69,965 square feet) of exhibition space in 100 galleries, a rooftop sculpture garden, state-of-the-art storage and conservation areas, a bookshop, a restaurant, a bar and various reading rooms. Explore the galleries and atrium space at the center of Zeitz MOCAA. Learn how they were carved from the silo's dense cellular structure of 42 tubes that pack the building. Discover why this museum is an important cultural landmark and how it contributes to a stronger appreciation of Africa's cultural heritage.

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Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

3. Robben Island Tickets, Penguins, and Private Cape Point Tour

After a 6:00 AM pickup from your hotel in Cape Town or the surroundings, you'll proceed along the Atlantic Seaboard where you can admire mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. Stop at the Maiden's Cover for a photo opportunity with a backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. Passing through Clifton, Camps Bay, Llundadno, and Hout Bay. Stop for photos on one of the world's most scenic routes, Chapman's Peak drive. Next, stop at Boulder's penguin colony to visit these enchanting creatures. Watch as these adorable birds play and frolic in the ocean. Your final destination will be the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve for a guided tour and a photo stop at this very popular landmark. From there, you'll travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse (or take the funicular). At 10:30 AM arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island where you will take the 11:00 AM boat trip to Robben Island for a prison tour. On the island, an ex-prisoner will be your guide and take you through the prison. See the cell where Nelson Mandela spent so many years. Upon return from the island at approximately 3:00 PM, your guide will be waiting for you again at the clock tower to transfer you back to your hotel.

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Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

4. Cape Town: Private Robben Island, Table Mountain & City Tour

Begin your journey of Cape Town with a hotel pick up, where you will be greeted by your guide who will take care of you throughout the day.  Head straight to the ferry dock to catch your boat to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison during the Apartheid era. Visit the former prison on a guided tour, hearing stories of the famous island's past. Next, head back across the water to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront, where your guide will take you on a historical tour of Cape Town. See a number of iconic monuments and sights, including the Parliament buildings, the Company's Garden, the Slave Auction Tree, the Apartheid Museum in District Six, the Slave Museum, the Castle — which is the oldest building in South Africa, built between 1666-1679. The last stop on your South African excursion is a visit to Table Mountain. Hop on the cable car and make your way to the top of Cape Town for unparalleled views of the sprawling city and the ocean.

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Cape Town: District Six Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

5. Cape Town: District Six Museum Skip-the-Line Entrance Ticket

Learn about the harrowing history of apartheid-era South Africa at the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Find out how this lively multi-racial hub for musicians and artists was dismantled by the apartheid regime through forced removals. Engage with photographs, recordings and testimonials, which offer further insight into the horrors of the apartheid system. Share in the stories of District Six with engaging and friendly staff members. Many were displaced residents themselves and have intimate and personal stories to tell.

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Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

6. Cape Town: Half-Day Walking City Tour and African Lunch

Meet your local guide and get ready to hear interesting stories about the city's rich history and heritage. Make your way to the Bartolomeu Dias monument in Cape Town Central. Learn about important figures in South Africa's history. Discover the Castle of Good Hope. Explore this pentagonal fortress considered the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Then, immerse in the history of Nelson Mandela. Visit the City Hall where he made his first speech as a free man. Also take a walk past the Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Company Gardens, Cathedral, St. Georges Mall and Greenmarket Square. Finally, take some photos of the brightly coloured houses of Bo-Kaap. The tour culminates with lunch at AfroDeli Eatery in Long Street. Experience the authentic African cuisine from Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

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Cape Town: Street Art Tour

7. Cape Town: Street Art Tour

Experience the creative cultural hub of Cape Town, filled with beautiful street art and murals on every corner. Explore this area full of murals, art, and graffiti, with a local guide while learning all about the stories behind the artworks, artists, and what inspired them. See first-hand just how street art is changing the perspective in these local communities.

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Cape Town: Private Guided Tour of Cape Town Diamond Museum

8. Cape Town: Private Guided Tour of Cape Town Diamond Museum

Take a private guided tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, located at the V&A Waterfront. Tour the museum for 45 minutes with your guide, who will give fascinating commentary and answer any questions that come to mind. Start with some welcome drinks on arrival, either soft drinks or some South African wine, that are also available throughout the tour.  Discover about South Africa’s 3-billion year diamond history; how Shimansky hand selects and ethically sources their diamonds; and how they are cut and polished to their aesthetically pleasing final state. See over 3000 pieces in the diamond cutting factory and jewelry workshop. Best of all, have the opportunity to buy and design your own diamond with your own personal designer on-site and GIA certificate.

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Cape Town: City Art and History Bike Tour

9. Cape Town: City Art and History Bike Tour

Your local guide will take you on a journey of interpretation and meaning behind each piece of street art, as well as an immersion into the unique cultural history of Salt River, Woodstock, and the Cape Malay community. Explore this unique opportunity to feel the positive impact street art has in this community Visit two communities following the noteworthy local street art and learn all about their artists and history. See the different generations in these neighborhoods and taste delicious local cuisine along the way.

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Cape Town: Winelands Full-Day Tour

10. Cape Town: Winelands Full-Day Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey to Cape Town's wine country on a guided tour. Visit the 300-year-old Jordan Wine Estate. Enjoy your first wine tasting stop and explore the historic town of Stellenbosch on foot. Stroll among the Cape Dutch-style buildings and leafy streets. Arrive at your second wine tasting at the Lanzerac Estate, the first farm to produce Pinotage, a South African wine made from the only South African grape variety. After your tasting at Lanzerac, climb the hilly and winding Helshoogte Pass to the Delaire Graff Wine Estate. Take in views of this striking winery sitting among the rugged mountain landscape. Have a lunch break at the winery's restaurant (not included) before journeying to the historic one-street town of Franschhoek. Enjoy its scenery of manicured vineyards surrounded by mountains. Take in a final wine tasting at Richard Branson's Mont Rochelle Estate. Choose from a variety of reds and whites on offer.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Sipho was a wonderful guide - punctual, knowledgeable, and friendly. He clearly has a passion for street art and what the NGO he works for is trying to do with the art. A nice way to spend a couple hours and see one of the neighborhoods in the city that you otherwise probably wouldn't experience.

Great tour, lots of urban and original art with depth, also by local artists! Just come along, see-be amazed-learn and support! Gladly again!

The tour was nice and the tour guid (Barnabas) was extreamly friendly and filled us with LOADS of information

quite unbelievable what the archetect did with the (previously) silos for grains

Very nice experience and high cooperation from the staff