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Overview

Experience a thought-provoking guided tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Learn the sobering history of apartheid at the District Six Museum and observe the lasting effects of this history on the townships of Langa, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. See the residents’ inspiring efforts to improve their livelihoods and local infrastructure, and then ferry over to Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and tour the former maximum-security prison for political prisoners.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small-group tour


  • What You Can Expect

    Start your day with a hotel pickup, and then travel with your guide to the District Six Museum. Here, learn how segregationist laws beginning in 1950 forcibly removed more than 60,000 black South Africans from the district after it was declared ‘a white area.’

    Then, travel to Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township. During the apartheid era, living areas known as townships were set up in undesirable locations to house the country’s ‘non-whites.’ With your guide, drop by a shebeen (nightlife establishment), meet the locals at a market, talk to the owners of a guesthouse and a daycare center, and visit a traditional healer. Then, head to Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre, the site of many community and cultural activities dedicated to improving the socio-economic status of Langa residents, the majority of whom are from the Xhosa tribe.

    Continue on to Khayelitsha, located on the Cape Flats. Meaning ‘new home’, Khayelitsha is the largest township. Pass by houses of brick and mortar, as well as the unsettling sight of makeshift shacks. See from the infrastructure that this township is focused on the future: shopping malls, large-scale building development, housing and clinics abound.

    Travel west back toward Cape Town to reach Gugulethu, originally established to house migrant workers from the agrarian Transkei region in the Eastern Cape province. Witness examples of poverty and development alike, including shanty towns, guesthouses, restaurants and jazz clubs.

    In the afternoon, enjoy free time for lunch at one of the many restaurants along the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (own expense). Then, ferry north from Cape Town across Table Bay to the rocky outcrop of Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where Nelson Mandela spent the first 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence in a maximum-security facility for political prisoners.

    On arrival, view his cell, which is approximately seven square feet (0.6 sq m) wide and located around a concrete courtyard. Listen to your guide share details of how Mandela’s leadership surfacing during a rebellion over forced digging in a quarry under harsh conditions.

    Pay a silent moment of respect as you imagine Nelson Mandela emerging from the prison gates, one step closer to beginning his long walk to freedom. Your tour then concludes with a drop-off back at your Cape Town hotel.

    Cancellation Policy

    Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

Customer Reviews

Catherina B

15-Dec-2016

Truly amazing, Titus our guide through town and surrounding areas was great. Getting on the ferry for Robben Island was very slow, over an hour late leaving, the tour on the island fantastic, we learnt so much of the history. By the time we got back to the Clock Tower we were nearly 2 hours late. No driver to pick us up. Had to pay for a taxi to take us back to our accommodation at Camps Bay

Erin R

12-Dec-2016

This was well worth the money. Driver arrived on time, was very knowledgeable, and made the entire day really fun.

Elio G

29-Nov-2016

Highly recommended

keligyrl

25-Nov-2016

This is the 3rd time I'm having to write this review. I keep losing it when I hit post review. Anyway, our guide Titus was very knowledgeable, nice, funny, and efficient. I believe the name of one of the townships was Langa. We also visited the shanties. It was a sobering experience. We take so many things for granted. We visited an apartment occupied by two women and two babies. The apartment would have been considered condemned and unlivable in the United States. The shanties were the worst. Some of us were overcome with sadness by the sight of how the inhabitants there were living. It was truly sad to see. However, the preschool we visited in the shanties lifted our spirits. Those babies sang their preschool songs to us and we learned about their school. We all really enjoyed them. We were dropped off at the waterfront to board the ferry for the Robben Island portion of the tour. Our tour guide, an ex political prisoner, was very thorough and emphasized their plight as much as he could. I'd highly recommend this tour.

Keshia B

21-Nov-2016

We started by visiting the District 6 Museum and the Langa Townships. This tour was extremely enlightening and very sad at the same time. I learned a lot about the townships of South Africa. The guide was excellent, he gave us a first hand account of what it's like to live in a township, and he explained that he currently resides in one. This visit made me want to give back to the people of South Africa, it was a very humbling experience. The Robben Island Tour was also great. I definitely learned a lot from this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about South Africa's past.

Details


Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Admission to the District Six Museum
  • Ferry and admission to Robben Island

  • Exclusions

    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities (optional)

    • Additional Info

      • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
      • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

      • Voucher info

        You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

        Departure Point

        Your centrally located Cape Town hotel

        Departure Time

        Camps Bay Hotels: 8am departure
        Sea Point Hotels: 8:15am departure
        Waterfront Hotels: 8:30am departure
        Downtown Hotels: 8:45am departure
        Up Town Hotels: 8:45am departure

        Duration

        9 hours

        Return Details

        Returns to original departure point


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Picture Gallery

  • Kids
  • Shanty Homes
  • Homes which were recently built for Capetonians
  • Children Outside Their Home
  • A School in Langa Township

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