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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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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 and Gugulethu. 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.

Please note:
  • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)


  • 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.

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.

Please note:
  • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)

Cancellation Policy

Package is not cancellable.


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


  • 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
  • Please note: Robben Island are now requiring passport details so please provide these details at time of booking as well as taking your passport, a copy or even if just a picture of it your phone on the day of the tour.
  • Please note:
  • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)

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

Tour Options


User's Reviews

Image - 09 Apr 2018 -


Great tour, enlightening. Our guide was knowledgable, shared a lot of detail and history and was enjoyable to be wtih. The Robben Island part of the tour was cancelled due to a broken down ferry.

Image - 26 Mar 2018 -


I would recommend this tour if you want to get some of the history of Cape Town. Our guide grew up in Cape Town,
actually in the township that we toured. He was very knowledgeable of what the townships life is like, because he still
lives there with his wife and children.
The tour of Robben Island was worth the time and money. We also had wonderful guides on the island also. Gave me
a clearer understanding what the prisoners lives where like. It's sad that humans can treat other humans they
way they do.
Bonus we saw whales on the trip over to the island.

Image - 02 Mar 2018 -


Our guide for the Townships part of the tour was a resident of the township. It was eye opening to see the hardship and the living conditions these townships residents. The trip to Robben Island where Mandela was imprisoned was a must see.

Image - 29 Jan 2018 -


Picked up promptly and had a good tour.

Image - 20 Jan 2018 -

Kristin O

This tour was amazing!

User's Picture Gallery


School kids in the Township school


Sheeps Heads . A delicacy in the Township


District 6 Museum



Eddie and Nancy Mukhethoni at Robben Island



At Langa


African penguins on Robben Island.


Inside of a cell on Mandela's block. They all look the same.


Our tour guide for the first part of our Robben Island tour


The children in the preschool in the shanties.


The shanties. A beautiful backdrop to a sad story.


Our tour guide Titus


From the window of the township apartment we visited.


A baby in his makeshift playpen


District Six Museum


First stop on the tour. District Six Museum



delightful !


Shanty Homes

Homes built by the displaced migrants. Few Capetonians live in these.


Homes which were recently built for Capetonians

typical homes


Children Outside Their Home

Children were very playful and wanted their photos taken with or without the tourists


A School in Langa Township

we were invited to visit the school where children sang and danced for us.


World Cup Russia

Russia football worldcup 2018