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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

James M S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Informative, insightful and thoroughly enjoyable tour that contextualizes the history and politics of the apartheid era and the current social and economic challenges the township residents face. Never condescending or hokey managed to strike a perfect balance and bring a human face to South African politics. Truly excellent.

Peter J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour excellent guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The trip was an excellent idea. Meeting inhabitants of the two townships, especially Khayelitsha opens up your eyes to the conditions in which the majority of the county lives. A solo visit to those areas would be difficult if not impossible. Our guide Dustin spoke excellent Englidh and was fun to interact with. The background related to the colorful Malay part of town at the beginning of the tour was also interesting although our hotel Hilton was actually on the same street so we could easily spend more time there later

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent tour! Our guide was knowledgable and offered many personal insights. He even arranged for our group to have a walking tour of one of the townships with a local resident. Ended the tour with a deeper appreciation for South Africa's history and a sense of optimism for its future. Highly recommend this tour for all visitors to Cape Town.


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.

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