• Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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Take a walk through history in South Africa’s political capital on this full-day private tour of Cape Town. Discover the city’s multi-cultural heritage with a visit to Bo-Kaap, learn more about the apartheid regime at the District Six Museum, and take a tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.


  • Full-day Walk to Freedom private tour from Cape Town
  • Explore the colorful Malay quarter of Bo-Kaap
  • Learn more about the apartheid regime at the District Six Museum
  • Take a guided tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Cape Town or those short on time
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide

What You Can Expect

Walk to Freedom Private Tour in Cape Town Including Robben Island

Vibrant Bo-Kaap

Your tour begins with pickup from your Cape Town hotel in time for an 8.30am departure. Traveling by private vehicle, set out to explore the historic city, as your guide offers an introduction to Cape Town’s history, including the apartheid regime, the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, and the long road to freedom.

Stroll around the former township of Bo-Kaap, or the ‘Malay quarter’, with its brightly painted houses and picturesque cobbled lanes, and learn about Cape Town’s Muslim community. Along the way, stop to admire the Auwal Mosque, the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere.

Continue to Zonnebloem, the area formerly known as District Six, where over 60,000 residents were forcibly removed during the apartheid regime. Accompanied by your guide, spend time visiting the District Six Museum, as you uncover the truth about the city’s dark past and honor those affected.

The final stop of the day is Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years before the fall of apartheid. Take a ferry over to the island from the V&A Waterfront and on arrival, join one of the guided bus tours to explore the island’s historic sites, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During the tour, learn about the island’s former leper colony and see the graveyard of those who died, then visit the army bunkers and the Maximum Security Prison, where thousands of South Africa’s freedom fighters were incarcerated for years. Along the way, step inside Nelson Mandela’s cell; tour the Lime Quarry and Bluestone quarry, where prisoners were put to work; and see Robert Sobukwe’s house.

On return to the V&A Waterfront, your driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kathleen M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour is a must for anyone wanting to learn about the apartheid era in South Africa. Our guide, who had been born in District Six, was great and told us we could ask any question we wanted to. The former prisoner who took us on the tour of the prison on Robben Island was mesmerizing in his description of what the political prisoners like him endured. This tour was a great experience for us and our children.


4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

Tour guide was excellent! Walk through Langa was a great experience!

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