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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

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    What to Expect
    After getting picked up at your hotel, your first stop is the District Six Museum. This museum gives you an excellent look at the history of apartheid in this area, how it began in 1950 with the enforced eviction of more than 60,000 black South Africans from the district in order to make it an all-white neighborhood.

    With this history in mind, your next stop is the township of Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Townships first sprang up under apartheid as places for non-whites to live. They were always in unsavory areas, and were essentially cut off from city infrastructure. In Langa with your guide, stop into a shebeen (tavern), go to a local market and visit a traditional healer. Next, visit Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre to see the work being done to improve the lives of the Langa community, most of whom are Xhosa.

    Head back toward Cape Town for the last township visit, Gugulethu. This township was originally built specifically for migrant workers from the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. Here, again, there are signs of both progress and poverty — shacks alongside restaurants and night clubs.

    Back in Cape Town, enjoy some free time in the afternoon at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can get lunch (own expense) before getting into a ferry to ride across Table Bay to Robben Island. The island was once a prison, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where former political prisoners give tours.

    See Mandela’s cell in the prison — it’s roughly seven square feet (0.6 square meters) — and hear what life was like for him and the other prisoners there, including how he was made to dig in a quarry when officials found out he was acting as a leader during a prisoner rebellion.

    Contemplate the distance Mandela traveled from these prison gates to the presidential office as you ride the ferry back to Cape Town. The tour ends with a drop-off at your Cape Town hotel.

    Please note:
    • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)
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    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Cape Town hotel
    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
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Professional guide
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - District Six Museum
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    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)
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    The tour was very educational. The only issue that we had was the “marketing” of goods in the township. It looked like the experience of being in the township was minimized because of the “selling” of the goods - at exorbitant prices too!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Santosh N
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    Even after confirming our pick up time, the company didn't show up to pick us up. They never responded to any of my messages. I requested a refund through Trip Advisor and fortunately they made the situation right monetarily, but I'll probably never get the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Amy V
    Reviewed 8 September 2019

    We were so thoroughly impressed with the tour and the compassion that our tour guide showed in sharing this side of South African History with us. Agree that this is a must have experience!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank DRGatl
    Reviewed 11 June 2019 via mobile

    Our tour was AMAZING! Our guide Andele, went above and beyond. He gave us the most thorough tour of District 6. His knowledge was so intense. He also did extra for us bc the museum was closed due to it being Easter Monday. Then we...More

    Thank Keturah P
    Reviewed 30 May 2019 via mobile

    This was an outstanding tour/day. Thabo was a warm and friendly guide. His knowledge of history and culture was exceptional and his personality and expertise made this a very special day.

    Thank 432neilm
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