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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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Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

2. Cape Town: Lion's Head Sunrise or Sunset Hike

Meet your guide at the Lion's Head Hike - Starting Point. There is parking along Signal Hill Road if you arriving by car. Embark on the route to the summit, climbing 400 meters along the steep and rocky path. Keeping a slow and steady pace, take time to enjoy the views and photo opportunities en route. Enjoy views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean at the summit with snacks and coffee provided before heading back down the mountain to the meeting point.

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Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

3. Cape Town: 3-Hour Malay Cooking Class & Lunch in Bo-Kaap

A local food-lover, Faldela Tolker, will be waiting to greet you on the doorstep of her neat, lilac-colored house. She’ll welcome you into her kitchen where a large metal pot simmers on the stove, emitting a spicy aroma. Chef Faldela conducts cooking classes in her home in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. The food cooked in this predominantly Muslin neighborhood is as piquant as the hot pink and burnt-orange painted houses that rise gently up the lower slopes of Signal Hill, part of Table Mountain. Unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Malay cuisine fuses African tradition with that of Malaysian and Indonesian slaves, brought over by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. A blend of spices — ginger, fennel, star anise, tamarind, and, most importantly, turmeric — gives the food a distinct aromatic quality. Stews, roasts, and sauce-heavy curries are popular in Malay cuisine, as are meat patties, milk, and bread puddings.

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Half-Day Tour Through Cape Town's Townships

4. Half-Day Tour Through Cape Town's Townships

Imagine yourself as a guest strolling the streets of Cape Town's Townships, with your own personal guide leading you through the homes, schools and gardens of the vibrant Townships of South Africa. With your personal guide, Camissa, you will become a part of the community. Our half-day tour begins with an insightful visit to District Six. This former inner-city residential area is best known for its forceful removal of over 60,000 inhabitants during the 1970s Apartheid regime. Since 2003, however, a new life has been breathed into the community by former president Nelson Mandela, and you will see the benefits of this work today. During our stay in District Six, we will glimpse life in an up-close and intimate way, and Camissa's knowledge will further your pleasure. Comfortably drive on to Langa, the oldest of the Townships in Cape Town. Here we have the chance to meet the residents. With each new encounter, the experience comes to more and more to life! Drive through Bonteheuwel -- a township spawned from the residents of District Six, who were classified as “coloured.” After our stay, we depart to Gugulethu, home to some 300,000 residents today. The name derives from "igugu lethu", which translates in Xhosa as 'our pride.' You will soon discover why this Pride has helped South Africa transform out of its dark days to the vibrant communities you have witnessed during your day. The day culminates with the chance to visit Creche, with the Gugulethu Seven Memorial and Amy Bichel Memorial. The first of these works was built to commemorate the death of seven youths fighting against Apartheid. However, you will soon discover its magic, as the light shines through the empty space, bringing all those who died back to life in a powerful way. We end our day with a pleasant drive back to your hotel.

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Cape Town: E-Bike Wine Tour

5. Cape Town: E-Bike Wine Tour

Embark on an adventure and explore the wine lands of South Africa. Enjoy a 2-hour guided e-bike ride and take in a unique atmosphere while cycling.  Explore the vines on an electric bike and be surrounded by many striking landscapes such as Zevenwacht which has viticultural roots that go back deep into the historic past of South Africa. This activity is suitable for everyone as the electric bikes will help you get on top of the hills so you can make the most of the ride.

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Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

6. Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

Discover some of the most notable townships of Cape Town, learning about the struggle against Apartheid. Then visit the infamous Robben Island to see where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his 27-year incarceration. Start the tour 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 move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these townships and how they affected everyday life. Make your way to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. Break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. After lunch, hop on the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a guided tour of the infamous maximum-s.ecurity prison and see Nelson Mandela's cell. After exploring the island you will be taken back to the V&A Waterfront by ferry, where the tour ends

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Cape Town: Private Airport Transfer to or from the City

7. Cape Town: Private Airport Transfer to or from the City

Enjoy a hassle-free and convenient departure from or arrival in Cape Town with a private transfer to or from Cape Town Airport. Upon your arrival at Cape Town Airport, meet your driver in the arrivals hall who will be holding a sign with your name on it. Be escorted to your vehicle and receive assistance with your luggage. There’s no need to worry if your flight is delayed, as your driver will be regularly updated with flight changes. If you're leaving Cape Town, be picked up at your hotel and brought to the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight. Your driver is qualified, English-speaking, and chosen carefully to provide you with the best transfer experience. During the scenic hour-long ride, they'll be glad to provide you with local information as well as suggestions for places to go and things to see during your stay in Cape Town.

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

8. 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: 3-Hour Bike Tour

9. Cape Town: 3-Hour Bike Tour

Learn about Cape Town’s heritage on a bike tour from the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront to the bustling inner city, and get up close and personal with its inhabitants along the way. Marvel at the urban landscape, and see sights old and present as you visit the historic fort of the Castle of Good Hope, journey down Adderley Street and go to the former township of Bo-Kaap. Cycle to Company Gardens and St. George’s Mall and see the impressive Green Point Stadium, where the 2010 FIFA World Cup was held. Explore the newly landscaped Green Point eco park and admire the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa.

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Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

10. Cape Town: Cape Malay Cooking Class in Bo-Kaap

Join a local resident for a traditional cooking class in the heart of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood. During the 2-hour interactive session, prepare a popular, three course Cape Malay meal from scratch, using authentic spices and fresh ingredients. Once the food has been cooked, sit down with your host to enjoy the true taste of Bo-Kaap, while engaging in some good, hearty conversations on family, local traditions, and the community. From a starter to a main meal, hone your cooking skills, and enjoy a truly local experience.

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What people are saying about Cape Town

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 655 reviews

What an awesome experience. Our hostess was friendly, funny, knowledgable and patient. With her guidance we felt confident as we prepared the different dishes amidst lots of laughter. Before we knew it we were sitting down to eat what we had prepared……, but the meal was not over before we were served a plate of koe’sisters… YUMMY. Most definitely an experience not to be missed.

Great hike. Beautiful views, great guide. Lovely person, tells you about the surroundings and very easy to have a good chat with during the hike about all kinds of things. Would even recommend booking her just for the company!

The trip was wonderful, food and accommodation were excellent. Our guide was Cindy - amazing, funny and positive person. We managed to see everything, impressions will last for a whole year. Thank you.

Faldela is an incredible host and creates a warm and friendly atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this to both locals and internationals.

Where informed guide telling us a lot about nature.