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Cape Town Township Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Don’t miss the chance to visit the colourful township of Bo Kaap
  • Fascinating insights into the rich heritage of South Africa
  • Meet and chat with the locals at a shebeen (tavern)
  • A chance to try traditional African cooking
  • Professional guide to accompany you
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily except Sunday


    Approx. 4 hours

    Start time

    Start time: from 0745h (7:45am) and 1330h (1:30pm)
    Duration: Approx. 4 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cape Town (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cape Town

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Revisit South Africa’s history on this cultural tour to Bo Kaap and Langa townships in Cape Town. Stroll down the narrow cobblestone streets of Bo Kaap and you will come across brightly coloured houses and mosques.

    At the oldest township of Langa, where the black Africans were rehabilitated, you can meet with the locals and learn of their cultural beliefs. Witness the community spirit of Gugulethu and Khayelitsha townships, where friendly residents will share the experiences of their ancestors and traditional customs that have been carried forward from bygone eras.

    Don’t forget to pick up some exquisite craftwork as a souvenir to take home. Indulge in the township’s favourite pass time- drinking, eating and making merry at a shebeen!


    In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cape Town. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken on a township tour of Cape Town. The tour offers an insight into the cultures, communities and individuals living in Cape Town. You will visit the following townships:

    Langa: It is one of the areas that were designated to black Africans during the apartheid area. It is the oldest township in Cape Town. You can sample traditional African cooking at one of the restaurants or visit the local shebeen (tavern) and play a game of pool with the locals while sipping a cold beer.

    Bo Kaap: Also known as Cape Malay Quarter, Bo Kaap is an important cultural and historical part of Cape Town. Its inhabitants are descendents of the people from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia, who were captured in the 17th and 18th century and enslaved by the Dutch-East India Company. See the traditional houses as you explore the area.

    Gugulethu township: It is a black neighbourhood in Cape Town. Here you will come across craftsmen at work and Khayelitsha, largest informal settlement (shacks). Meet members from the local community.

    District Six Museum: The museum is home to an impressive collection of historical relics including photographs, artefacts, paintings and physical remains such as street signs, books as well as audio-visual recordings of District Six. Some of these are donated by the former residents. Find out more about the history of the museum and how it was used as a vehicle for advocating social justice.

    Explore the communities and shop for souvenirs from the local market, after which you be dropped back to your hotel in Cape Town.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fees to the museum


    • Snacks and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Opening times for several sites are erratic and visits to all sites listed cannot be guaranteed.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • reviews
    • Cape Town township tour

      It would be very hard to glimpse the social and economic picture in Cape Town without experiencing this tour. Our guide, who was raised in one of the townships we visited, did an...

      Stanley P Sander, United States, 07/Jun/2012
    • Excellent Tour! Very engaging!

      Got to see the townships the right and safe way. Very engaging and a much learning experience. Makes you feel great with what you have and how fortunate one self is. Our guide,...

      Jackson Chau, United States, 13/Feb/2012
    • Be prepared to ponder your values and attitudes

      Wow what a confronting and enlightening tour. the tour of the settlement was unsettling and left me with more questions than answers in some respects. For example why so many...

      Dianne Winters, Australia, 21/Sep/2012
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