Settled in the mid-1920s as a designated area for black Africans, Langa Township is Cape Town’s oldest and largest township. This lively community, which was established pre-apartheid, is steeped in history of the Xhosa people. Even its name pays homage to a famous tribe member who rebelled against the government in the late 1800s and was later imprisoned at Robben Island.

Visitors can tour the community with local Xhosa guides and explore the streets of Joe Slovo, the largest informal settlement in the township. A monument recognizing those who lost their lives in anti-pass campaign protests during apartheid stands at the community’s center, as well as a newly opened craft market stocked with local handmade items and a recently renovated cultural and multi-purpose center.

Practical Info

Langa Township is located off the N2 Highway at exit 12. It is also accessibly by the Langa Railway Station. Visitors should allot several hours to explore the neighborhood to gain a real feel for the community, life and culture.

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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Experience a thought-provoking guided tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where the late Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. Learn the sobering ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.33

Cultural Cape Town Tour Including Langa and Khayelitsha Townships and Bo-Kaap

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Discover Cape Town’s cultural heritage and get a snapshot of township life on this 3.5-hour tour. With a knowledgeable guide at your side, take in the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.28

Township Cultural Tour from Cape Town

Learn about the rich cultural history of Cape Town, while visiting the Bo-Kaap, Bontehuewel, Langa and Gugulethu townships in the Cape Flats, an area which ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.60

Township Tour of Cape Town

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Originally built as areas of segregation, Cape Town's townships are experiencing new life. On this tour guests visit two key township central business ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.34

Cape Town Food Tasting Tour

Unleash your inner foodie on this 4-hour food tasting tour of Cape Town. With an expert guide, sink your teeth into an array of South African dishes and ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.93

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