Half Day Township Cultural Tour
Join this tour for a unique experience traveling 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 center, the first stop is in the Bo-Kaap. Here you’ll discuss the arrival of an expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 that proved to be a monumental turning point in the South African history. Taking a short walk along the romantic cobblestone streets between the brightly colored homes, your tour guide explains how the framework for racial segregation was established.
Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, a short drive brings you to District Six where you’ll learn more about the next tier in the South African story i.e. Apartheid South Africa. Once in District Six, you’ll 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.
The tour continues to Langa, the oldest Black African Township in Cape Town. Along the way, you’ll discover the restrictive legislation introduced by the Apartheid regime to enforce racial segregation. On arrival in Langa, we have a photo stop at the site that commemorates the student uprising of 1976, and discuss the Pass Laws and barracks built for African migrant workers. If conducted on a Sunday morning, the tour includes a short visit to one of the local churches. Here guests are immersed in the charisma and vibrancy of how religion is practiced in the townships.
While in Langa, we also share the miracle of our country when Nelson Mandela convinced us to forgive so that we can free ourselves. Guests are also offered a greater understanding of Shanty Town that exploded with the massive migration of mothers and children into the cities, restoring Black dignity at the end of Apartheid.