Cape Town half-day township cultural tour

Validity: Flexible
Do this because
  • Learn more about the diverse cultures of Cape Town
  • Visit the Bo-Kaap historic District 6 and Cape town's oldest township, Langa
  • On Sunday morning tours, a short visit to one of the local churches is included
What to expect

Get ready for a unique experience, traveling through the three South Africa’s – The birth, where it all started, Apartheid South Africa, what happened then – the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Departing from Cape Town city center, the first stop on the tour is in the Bo Kaap. Here you'll learn about the arrival of an expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 that proved to be a monumental turning point in 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 6 where the next tier in the South African story i.e. Apartheid South Africa is discussed. Once in District 6, 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 learn about the restrictive legislation introduced by the Apartheid regime to enforce racial segregation. On arrival in Langa, there's time for a photo stop at the site that commemorates the student uprising of 1976; discuss the Pass Laws and the 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 into the charisma and vibrancy of how religion is practiced in the townships. You'll gain 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.

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