The Half Day – Cape Town Township Tour is a safe way to experience an eye-opening facet of the Mother City.
Firstly, the Cape Town Township Tour will guide you through the infamous District Six, where you will visit it’s museum which illustrates the sad story of a deported population during the Forced Removal Policies of the Apartheid Era.. The experience is uplifting and humbling, providing a better understanding of Cape Town.
Secondly, the Tour will take you onto the “Cape Flats” – nicknamed for a 20 kilometer stretch of land, situated south-east of Cape Town between Table Bay and False Bay – originally the Apartheid Regime’s dumping ground. The “Cape Flats” is divided into 4 main areas of which you will discover 2: Langa (the oldest informal settlement) and Khayelitsha (the largest Township).
Your local guide will help you discover the past, the present and the future of Cape Town. You will also have the chance to enjoy local delicacies as well as traditional dancing, healers, visit local schools, charismatic churches, shebeens (a chance to sample the local beer) and many other fascinating things to see and do. The people you meet on your township tour will leave you with a new appreciation of the South African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’, as they share a bit of insight into daily life in the townships of Cape Town!
- District Six, District Six Museum (closed on Sundays)
- Langa (oldest formal Township)
- Community School / Crèche
- Shebeen (Option to taste traditional beer)
- Khayelitsha (largest Township)
- Meet Township Entrepreneurs
- Charismatic Church service (Sunday mornings)
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||At your accommodation in Cape Town (hotel, guesthouse, …)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||MORNING : between 8:00 and 9:00
AFTERNOON : between 13:00 and 14:00
|RETURN TIME||MORNING : approximately 12:30
AFTERNOON : approximately 17:30
Please, note that there are not Township Tours on Sunday afternoon.
This tour will not be available on the 25th and 31st of December as well as the 1st of January.
District Six & District Six Museum
Nowadays, the District Six Museum pays tribute to this population. It is located in the former Methodist Mission Church where you can find pictures and moving testimonies. On a big board, inhabitants highlighted the place of their house and wrote touching words about what they remember from their neighbourhood. This beautiful memory work makes it seem all the more real, given the recentness of this event. It is really a sobering visit, giving a historical context at the beginning of the tour.
Do not hesitate to ask your questions to the staff, as they will be delighted to answer and it gives you an opportunity to appreciate the friendliness of South African people.