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

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  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2382SC7
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 kaleidoscopic houses of Bo-Kaap, otherwise known as the Malay Quarter, and then visit three townships on the outskirts of the city. Learn about Xhosa culture in Langa, watch artists and craftspeople at work in Gugulethu, and then tour the fast-growing township of Khayalitsha with a local.
Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, and then meet your guide and air-conditioned coach at your central Cape Town hotel and travel to Bo-Kaap on Signal Hill. Also known as the Malay Quarter, the neighborhood is steeped in history, being largely a community of Malay slaves' descendants.

Gaze out at the eye-catching Cape Malay architecture and listen to your guide’s commentary as the most interesting examples are pointed out for you. Snap photos of the area’s brightly colored houses and pass by aromatic spice shops and cafes serving traditional cuisine.

Continue to Langa, the Mother City’s oldest and largest township. Explore the settlement with your guide and discover how the lively community — which was established pre-apartheid — is suffused with the history and culture of the Xhosa people, one of the largest cultural groups in South Africa. If your tour takes place on a Sunday, you’ll also attend a service at a local church.

Next, travel to Gugulethu, originally established to house migrant workers from the agrarian Transkei region in the Eastern Cape province. Witness examples of poverty and development alike, including shanty towns, guesthouses, restaurants and jazz clubs. Then, visit a local shop to watch some of the community’s artists and craftspeople at work.

Finally, make for Khayalitsha on the Cape Flats. Meaning ‘new home’ in Xhosa, Khayelitsha is South Africa’s largest township. Pass by houses of brick and mortar, as well as the unsettling sight of makeshift shacks, and learn how the fast-growing township is focused firmly on the future. Then, visit a center where locals are taught skills such as weaving before setting off on a walking tour with a local guide. You’ll also visit your guide’s shack for an up-close look at living conditions in the township.

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.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your centrally located Cape Town hotel
Departure Time:
9am or 1.30pm

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

4 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Tour returns to original point of departure

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9am Departure
Code: EN0900

Departs at 9am

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1:30pm Departure
Code: EN1330

Departs at 1:30pm

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

Cultural Cape Town

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Coaches are not wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets are available on coaches with a seating capacity of 28 to 44 passengers. There are no toilets on the 15-seater Sprinters and Minivans. Vehicle used will depend on passenger numbers on the day
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: James S, 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.

Reviewed by: PETER G, 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.

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Tour code: 2382SC7