Cape Township Cultural 4 hours Tour

» Cape Town » Cape Town » Cape Town

From $48.24

2 reviews   (2.50)

Price varies by group size

Lowest Price Guarantee

Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: Cape Town, Cape Town

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

Learn more


Join us for a unique experience travelling through the three South Africa’s: The birth, where it all started; Apartheid South Africa, what happened then; and the New South Africa, what is different since Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

Departing from Cape Town city centre, the first stop is in the Bo-Kaap. Here we discuss the arrival of an expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 that proved to be a monumental turning point in South African history. Taking a short walk along the romantic cobblestone streets between the brightly coloured homes, your tour guide explains how the framework for racial segregation was established.

What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

What's Not Included

Restroom on board

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 2 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 12
  • YOUTH: Age: 25 - 35
  • ADULT: Age: 40 - 50
  • SENIOR: Age: 55 - 99

Additional Info

  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

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 colorful 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 neighborhood is filled with cobbled streets and multi-colored 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 neighborhoods in South Africa that was still close to the city center.
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 a time to take pictures.

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

District Six Museum
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.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Township Experience Including Lunch
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 formalizing 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 honor 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.

50 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Cape Town Central
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 center. This short tour will leave you with great memories for a lifetime.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

« All Activities

Cape Town activities and shore excursions by group:

© Copyright 1995 - 2023 Cape Town Travel Guide