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

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

Visit some of Cape Town’s most important and oldest settlements during this cultural tour of the Mother City. Tour Bo-Kaap, the colorful Malay Quarter; Langa, the oldest township in the city; and Khayelitsha, the biggest settlement. Stop at a shebeen (tavern) for a drink (own expense) and to meet some of the locals.


  • 3.5-hour culture and township tour from Cape Town, led by a professional guide
  • See the brightly colored houses and Cape Malay architecture in Bo-Kaap
  • Visit Langa, the city’s oldest and largest township, and learn about Xhosa culture
  • Watch local craftspeople and artists at work in Gugulethu
  • Explore Khayalitsha, South Africa’s largest township, on a walking tour led by a local

What You Can Expect

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

Discover Cape Town's culture and history on this tour

Begin your tour with a trip to the Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town. This area, also called the Malay Quarter, is easily recognizable because of its colorful houses. Residents are largely descended from slaves from Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka who were brought over by the Dutch colonists in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Next, visit Langa, Cape Town’s oldest formal township, established in 1927. Continue to the Gugulethu township, where you’ll have an opportunity to watch local artists at work.

Finally, make for Khayelitsha, the biggest township in all of South Africa, as well as the fastest-growing. The population in 2011 was listed at over 390,000 people. Here, you’ll pay a visit to a shebeen (tavern) where you can have a drink (own expense) and meet some of the locals.

After roughly 3.5 hours, you tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in Cape Town.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Enjoyed the cultural tour, particularly the trip to a shanty town, where we learnt of the great progress being made to replace the shanty towns with brick building accommodation.

John Alan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

A fascinating tour. Packed more into a half day than we ever expected, though we never felt rushed. The tour was enhanced by our driver/guide who clearly cares passionately about his country, he was a mine of relevant and interesting information from beginning to end.

Thomas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Norman was wonderful. The township tour exceeded our expectations, we had a chance to meet the residents and learn about their lives, hear the children's choir sing and visit one of the shanties, The resident's resilience and spirit was remarkable and awe inspiring considering the harsh conditions in which they live and the cruel treatment they suffered under apartheid. Everyone should know their stories and I know I am glad I did.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Very knowledgeable guide. This was a great experience!

AKU Germany

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

This tour should be a must für all interested visitors. I've learned a lot about the history of apartheid and the townships. Dustin was a wonderful guide and his explanations
helped me to understand this wonderful country a little bit better.

David H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Outstanding tour! It's great to see the positive things happening in the South African townships. Some of the friendliest people I've met. The tour guide was great in sharing his personal experiences with apartheid, too. Overall A+ tour.

Bruce G USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

A little more depth could be added. ie local store, bar, and local home.

Carolyn R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

This trip gave such an informative and interesting insight into South African life and how it has changed. Informative guide, and the trip to the church was wonderful.

Marie-Dominique T USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

Must see tour! The first that should be taken upon arrival. It will leave a powerful impact to see poverty first hand while driving through the townships. Please dont just stay on main roads if it is possible to deviate, and use the opportunity to purchase hand made items at the skill centers, They're beautiful! Ask lots of questions, take lots of photos, and Dont be afraid, although you may be stared at like some rare specimen regardless of color - race. Again take advantage of buying some things there. They'll be less expensive than the formal markets, and sometimes even the vendors at the tourist sites.

Christine C Australia

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

This tour was enjoyable and informative and an eye opener. On the day it was just my husband and I and our tour guide Norman, we was well spoken, very knowledgeable and went over and above to explain many things to us. We were fortunate to have a special tour through the shanty towns and have a close up and personal. Definitely another tour to recommend.

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