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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.


  • 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 not cancellable.

Customer Reviews

Benjamin Z


We really enjoyed this day. The tour provides important first hand knowledge about the realities of apartheid. Could not recommend this tour more.



Our Cape Town tour was excellent. I would highly recommend it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to have a better understanding of Cape Town and the culture of the people that live there.

calvin p


This tour is a must do. Lots of information and history with regards to Nelson Mandela. Having former inmates give the tour of Robben Island was a great idea. Tour guide was great, he was extemely knowledgeable about Cape Town and Robben Island.

Samantha G


This tour is the perfect combination of must dos in cape town.

derek i


This trip has to be the most moving I have ever taken. the townships are sad . visiting the school children moved us to tears , the children were happy and welcoming but the township they lived in was so poor . Robben island was also well worth the visit , its well done and it makes you wonder how we can treat people in such a dreadful way .... thank god for Nelson Mandela the struggle was worth it .
a very thought provoking day that has to be done Derek Irving Tyjnemoth uk



  • 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
      • Please note: A portion of this tour is automatically 60% non-refundable due to Robben Island tickets

      • 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


        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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