Guided tour

Half Day Township Cultural Tour

4.5 / 5

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Half Day Township Cultural Tour

From US$ 50.71 per person

Join us for a unique experience traveling through South Africa's past and present.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Complimentary collection service available from central Cape Town hotels.


  • Visit the Bo Kaap
  • Visit a church service in Langa (Sunday morning tour)
  • Learn about living conditions in a shanty town
Full description
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 what once was a flourishing mixed-race community where 60 000 people lived and worked, but was demolished only to be reserved exclusively for white people. The tour continues to Langa, the oldest Black African Township in Cape Town. Along the way, you'll discover the restrictive legislation introduced by the Apartheid regime to enforce racial segregation. On arrival in Langa, we have a photo stop at the site that commemorates the student uprising of 1976, and discuss the Pass Laws and barracks built for African migrant workers. If conducted on a Sunday morning, the tour includes a short visit to one of the local churches. Here guests are immersed in the charisma and vibrancy of how religion is practiced in the townships. While in Langa, we also share the miracle of our country when Nelson Mandela convinced us to forgive so that we can free ourselves. Guests are also offered a greater understanding of Shanty Town that exploded with the massive migration of mothers and children into the cities, restoring Black dignity at the end of Apartheid.
  • A visit to church service in Langa (Sunday morning tour only)
  • Return transfers from central Cape Town hotels
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof that they have received two vaccine doses of an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Participants aged 5 to 11 must present proof that they have received at least one dose of a FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. Proof of vaccination may include the NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass, CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC Vaccination Record, or official immunization record from outside NYC or the US

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    • Minimum of 2 guests required
    • Departs Monday to Sunday
    • Bring closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
    • On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the tour only runs in the morning
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    4.5 /5

    based on 14 reviews

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    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.

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    October 12, 2019

    very interesting journey. our guide was really kind and has a lot of knowledge.

    February 10, 2019

    Very moving singing at the church service and a real insight into how

    February 4, 2019

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