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Half Day Township Cultural Tour

Half Day Township Cultural Tour

Journey through the three South Africa’s: The birth – where it all started; Apartheid South Africa – what happened then; and the New South Africa – what has changed since Nelson Mandela was freed from prison. The township tour provides the extraordinary chance to connect, mingle and share cultural principles with the local Cape community. Visit the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter, drive through District Six and then to Langa, the oldest Black township.

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Tour Departs:

Mon - Fri ±09h00 and ±13h30
Sat/Sun & Public Holidays ±09h00 (except 25-26 Dec 2018 & 1-2 Jan 2019)

Tour Ends:

±12h30/±17h00

Tour Notes:

Subject to minimum 2 guests. The Sunday morning tour includes a visit to a church service in Langa.

Bo-Kaap

Leave from Cape Town Central

This fun and informative tour can be taken on either a morning or an afternoon, leaving from a central point in Cape Town. The Mother City is often named as one of the best holiday destinations in the world; its awesome weather, incredible scenery and friendly people make any visit unforgettable.

The City Bowl lies in a natural amphitheatre created by Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal hill and Devils’ Peak. The vibrant city centre is still a focus of business, culture and tourism. For many centuries Cape Town has provided a sanctuary for passing ships and the city still handles much marine traffic. Passing ships and settlers have made Cape Town home to unique cultures and people.

Through the Apartheid years many people were forced to live in certain areas due to their racial profile. This has led to these areas having a distinctive culture and feel within Cape Town. It is these dynamic areas that we will explore on a fascinating half day tour.

Visit the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter

Our tour starts off with a visit to the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter where we share its history with the arrival of the Dutch in  1652. The Bo-Kaap has been closely associated with Cape Town’s Muslim Community and is one of the city’s oldest areas. The multicultural community has had a long and colourful history through the years and the first development in the area was begun in 1768. It occupies an enviable position in the City Bowl on the lower slopes of Signal Hill. This picturesque neighbourhood is filled with cobbled streets and multi-coloured houses.

The story of the Bo-Kaap has been intertwined with South Africa’s troubled politics. The first mosque in the Cape was built here at the bequest of Saartjie van de Kaap, a freed slave woman, and is still in use, although much altered, today. During the Apartheid years it became an exclusive residential area for Cape Muslims and all other religions and races were forced to relocate to other areas. It became one of very few working class neighbourhoods in South Africa that was still close to the city centre.

Throughout its long history the Bo-Kaap has left an indelible mark on this city. Your knowledgeable tour guide will uncover this fascinating history and make the story of the people of Bo-Kaap come alive. A short walking tour will be given for time to take pictures.

District Six

Visit District Six

Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, a short drive brings us to District Six where we elaborate on the next tier in the South African story i.e. Apartheid South Africa. Once in District Six, we 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.

Langa

Visit Langa

Tour then continues to Langa, the oldest black township 1950 – 1990, the biblical 40 years. The Urban Areas Act of 1923 was the first step in formalising the racial separation of the people of South Africa. It forced African’s to live in segregated areas away from cities and suburbs. This was the birth of Langa, South Africa’s oldest township. Langa was planned for maximum visibility of the residents, and maximum control. Gatherings were not allowed by the police and alcohol was regulated up until 1930. This led to the growth of many illegal distilleries and bars (shebeens) being operated out of houses.

With many rural immigrants looking for a better life in the city, Langa became a hotbed of culture and fashion. It also played a prominent role as a part of the anti-Apartheid struggle. On 21 March 1960, the same day as the Sharpeville Massacre, several people were killed during an anti-pass rally. Although Langa translates as “sun” in Xhosa it was actually named in honour of Chief Langalibalele, who was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1873 for rebelling against the Natal government. Many people campaigned for his release and he was eventually moved to a farm called “Uitvlugt”. This was farm was adjacent to the present day Langa, and was the source of its name.

A drive through Langa with commentary on its history, sharing how people have improved their homes ever since they were offered ownership compared to what it used to look like during the years of apartheid. A stop at the dompass office and share beacons relating to the 1976 student unrest and the living conditions inside the barracks.

We then close the curtains on the negatives and share with them the positives and transformations in Langa ever since Nelson Mandela’s release when he convinced us to forgive and start the re-build of the new South Africa.

Return to Cape Town

At the end of the tour, after an incredible journey into Cape Town’s past and future, we head back to the city centre. This short tour will leave you with great memories for a lifetime.

Bo-Kaap

This multi-cultural tour of Cape Town will provide fascinating insights and the opportunity for authentic interaction with the City’s different communities.  In the City Centre, you visit the colourful Malay quarter known as the Bo-Kaap.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap

This multi-cultural tour of Cape Town will provide fascinating insights and the opportunity for authentic interaction with the City’s different communities.  In the City Centre, you visit the colourful Malay quarter known as the Bo-Kaap.

District Six

District Six

Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, the tour continues with an informative drive through District Six, sharing its history where 60 000 people were uprooted when Apartheid became law.

Langa

Langa

You tour Langa, Cape Town’s oldest formal township, gaining insights into the legacy of apartheid and the country’s struggle for democracy.