1. South Africa
  2. Western Cape
  3. Cape Town
  4. District Six

Half-Day Tour Through Cape Town's Townships

Product ID: 11063
Become a guest in the Townships of South Africa with your own personal guide. Walk the streets, chat with the locals, visit the schools. With your guide Camissa, you are not a voyeur, you are a guest.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting times 8:30 AM, 8:45 AM, 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up available from hotels in Cape Town city center waterfront and areas on the Atlantic seaboard including Camps bay.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a personally guided tour of Cape Town's Townships
  • Experience a walking tour of Langa
  • Stop at Gugulethu
  • Hear about Guglethu Seven Memorial
  • Learn about the Amy Bichel Memorial to honor the nation's struggles against violence
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Vehicle and driver guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel and passenger liability insurance cover
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
● Some venues may not be available over weekends
● Our tours are for a minimum of two guests
● Guests are advised to bring small change for donations to people if they take pictures of them and for purchasing small arts and crafts in support of small businesses
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 136 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.9 / 5
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Godfrey picked us up at our stay in Woodstock and then we drove to Langa with the rest of the group, while he explained us a bit of the townships history. Once arrived we visited a local kindergarden with very cute kids. Our walking tour guide, Simo, was very knowledgeable and approachable. He took us to the house he grew up in, where we had the chance to talk to some locals. Right next to the complex was a small market where we could buy some cool locally handmade art. We then continued walking through Langa and saw a few very different parts of the township. The whole time Simo explained a lot about everything and we could ask questions at any moment. We walked around for some time and then were handed back to Godfrey, who drove us around Langa a little more and then quickly through Bonteheuwel, before dropping us back off. All in all it was a very cool experience, taking pictures often seemed a bit weird, plus the end seemed a bit rushed, but we enjoyed the overall tour. :D

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January 30, 2020

Godfrey picked me up at my hotel, he was charming, articulate and very knowledgable, he set the tone immediately for what I hoped (correctly) would be an education. He drove us to Langa, all the time giving us history and context for what we were to see. At Langa we met our walking guide Simo who was also wonderful. Both Godfrey and Simo asked us not to give money or sweets in public (which I'd seen suggested online, that you should bring sweets for the kids) as they're trying to build mutual understanding, not have kids see white people as people to beg from. Simo took us into his own home, telling us the history of it and the future for it. He is very proud of his community and brought that to life for us. We stopped at the craft market where items are locally made, bring some cash for this bit as the items are not cheap but I was v happy to buy as it felt like a good way of contributing (and I kept the sweets in my bag). Got two great paintings!

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January 14, 2020

Nelson, our guide, was extremely informative and friendly. We were a mix of ages from 13 up to 70yrs old, and everyone gained a new and remarkable incite into the history and real life aspects of the townships. We were also introduced to Sakhe, who showed us around his own accommodation with a positive and uplifting message. Thanks to them both. Well worth the trip.

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December 17, 2019

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Product ID: 11063