This tour is a must-see, allowing visitors a unique journey through the history of South Africa by following a timeline starting in 1652 through to the present day democratic South Africa.
The tour is divided into what is referred to as “The Three South Africas” 1: The Birth of South Africa, 2: Apartheid South Africa, 3: The New South Africa. This tour gives you an insight into the greatness of Nelson Mandela and is an absolute must see during your visit to Cape Town.
A Journey through the history of South Africa
Departing from Cape Town city centre, the first stop is in the Bo Kaap. Here we discuss why the arrival of a small expedition of Dutch sailors in 1652 proved to be a monumental turning point in the South African history. Taking a short walk along the romantic cobble stone streets between the brightly coloured homes, your tour guide explains how the framework for racial segregation was established.
Passing some of Cape Town’s landmarks, a short drive brings us to District 6 where we elaborate on the next tier in the South African story: Apartheid South Africa. Once in District 6, we drive through the now decaying ruins of what once was a flourishing mixed race community where 60 000 people lived and worked, but was demolished only to be reserved exclusively for whites. We further elaborate on the introduction of Apartheid, the legislation to justify the demolition of District 6, and the consequences thereof.
The journey continues to Langa, the oldest Black African Township in Cape Town. Along the way we elaborate on the restrictive legislation introduced by the Apartheid regime to enforce racial segregation. On arrival in Langa, we have a photo stop at the site that commemorates the student uprising of 1976, discuss the Pass Laws and the barracks built for African migrant workers.
While is Langa, we also share the miracle of our country when Nelson Mandela convinced us to forgive so that we can free ourselves. We also offer our groups a greater understanding of Shanty Town that exploded with the massive migration of mothers and children into the cities restoring black dignity at the end of apartheid. Our tour also includes a visit to an empowerment centre where the locals are taught sustainable life skills to address the unemployment situation.
For groups of 10 & more, the tour continues to a primary school in Langa where the group will have the opportunity to visit the classrooms and interact with the teachers and learners, ending with traditional song and dance. For smaller groups, we visit a pre-school centre instead.
Our journey then continues to Khayelitsha the largest black township in Cape Town. Here we see an overview of our achievements as a country at large, ever since we made that bold decision to forgive and afford our children a better future, eg driving pass the Olympic sized swimming pool, Magistrate’s Court, new Hospital, shopping mall etc. of which none are visible driving along the N2.
En route to Khayelitsha we drive through Bonteheuwel, a non white township that clearly demonstrates the disparities between black and non-white during the years of apartheid. Please note that Bonteheuwel and Khayelitsha is just a drive through with commentary
In summary we share the greatness of Nelson’s Mandela and some of our achievements especially now that we are back on the Mandela Road under the leadership of our new President Cyril Ramaposa.
Duration of tour: 3 – 4 hours.
Half Day R 720.00 pp
Half Day (1-4 pax maximum) R 3,550.00
Other Private/Speciality Tours:
Full Day Cape Town Grand Combo (2 pax) – R 5,300.00
Full Day Cape Town Grand Combo (3+ pax) – R 2,000.00 pp
Half Day Cultural Township (1-2 pax) – R 2,850.00
Half Day Cultural Township (3 – 4 pax) – R 3,650.00
Half Day Cultural Township (5 – 6 pax) – R 4,150.00
Half Day Cultural Township (7+ pax) – R 650.00 pp
Half day 09:00 – 13:00 / 13:30 – 17:00
This trip is suitable for those of all fitness levels.
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