4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

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

Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha

This cultural tour showcases some of the oldest monuments and historical sights in Cape Town. See Langa, the oldest formal township and the Gugulethu township. Visit the largest informal settlement - Khayelitsha, before popping in to a shebeen where you will meet and interact with the local community.

What You Can Expect

Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha

Discover Cape Town's culture and history on this tour

On this Cultural Tour you will visit Bo Kaap, also known as the Malay Quarter of Cape Town. Many of the inhabitants are decendants of people from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia who were enslaved by the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries. The area is well known for the colorfully painted houses which line the steep and narrow streets.

Continue to Langa, the oldest formal township, before continuing to the Gugulethu township to view local crafters at work. Next you will visit Khayelitsha, South Africa's largest and fastest growing township, with it's vibrant culture and people. Visit a shebeen (tavern) and meet and interact with the local community.

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Very good tour.

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