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Vamos Township Tours

Gugu S'Thebe, cnr Washington & Church Streets | Langa Township, Cape Town Central 7735, South Africa
072 499 7866
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Vamos is deeply embedded in the Langa Township through its ownership (Siviwe), tour guides (Siviwe, Nathi, Gladstone, Abosh), and community... more » Owner description: Vamos is deeply embedded in the Langa Township through its ownership (Siviwe), tour guides (Siviwe, Nathi, Gladstone, Abosh), and community involvement (Happy Feet Youth Project). Touring with Vamos is like being a guest in our neighbourhood! We live here, this is our home and you are our special guest.Our experiences too, are different. We take smaller groups on interactive walking or cycling tours around Langa. We visit friends in their homes and shacks, we hear their stories, we show you their businesses, we share traditional Xhosa beer, we smell sidewalk barbecues, (taste if you'd like), visit shebeens and spaza stores. We want to share with you, a slice of life in the townships.On weekday mornings, your tour will include a meal, usually a barbecue at the well-known Mzoli's in Guguletu. Our afternoon tours include a visit to the Happy Feet Youth Project. On Sundays, we include a visit to a Gospel Church. The unexpected thing about a tour with Vamos, is that most guests come away feeling positive and inspired. Our tours are not about poverty .... yes you will see signs of poverty, but rather our tours are about people and how they are lifting themselves out of their poverty. Positive, resilient, hopeful people who are friendly, welcoming and proud of their culture and history. « less
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Langa township on an afternoon tour which included a trip to meet the kids and watch them perform at the Happy Feet Project. Our guide Gladstone was great, very informative and accommodating of our needs. We got to meet the local people, stopping to speak to them on the street in their homes and even in their... More

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It was one of the most interesting experiences in South Africa so far. You are supposed to go there to know the reality of the country. We chose the cycling tour which brings you to most places in Langa. You will get in touch with residents and get the chance to learn about their circumstances and their stories. Thando -... More

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Hewlett, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Tour was absolutely incredible. A truly once in a lifetime experience, the tour encompassed all areas of township life, from the poorest of the poor to the wealthier areas of the township. The tour guide was exceptional at providing information on township way-of-life, which helped an outsider, like myself, understand certain social dynamics that existed within the community. Everything from... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My friends and i went on a cycling tour with Thando and agreed that it was one of our best experiences in the city. Thando was extremely accommodating and friendly and also offered us a glimpse into the rich community of the Langa township. The cycling tour also allowed us to cover most of the township in 2.5 hours and... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Surely one of the most unexpected surprises on any trip to Cape Town would be the simple joys to be discovered in a township tour. Much like the favela tours in Rio de Janeiro, the Langa Township Tour run by the Vamos Company engendered an initial bit of hesitation on my part, but the avalanche of positive reviews on TripAdvisor... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Truly a once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I came here on our honeymoon, having booked last minute. We wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Gladstone was an amazing tour guide.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My Wife and I took this tour after doing much of the the Vineyards and the usual tours around the beaches. We were so glad that other reviewers shared that Vamos guides are terrific and the Langa Township visit is a must do! It focuses on the history the tribes the culture and also what they have that keeps them... More

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Laguna Hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

In my opinion, no trip to South Africa would be complete without getting a sense of township life. Siviwe did an excellent job of giving us a personal, balanced, and unsensationalized view of day-to-day life in a township. Vamos does a nice job with small group sizes and transfer from local hotels. Garth was very responsive helping us plan our... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I was pretty nervous about taking this tour after everything I read about how unsafe the townships are. I am so glad that other reviewers shared that Vamos guides are terrific and the Langa Township visit is a must do! It would be easy to focus on what the people living in Langa don't have - but instead I will... More

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

What stands out to me the most from visiting Cape Town for the first time is doing a bike tour in the Langa township with Thando as our guide. While he led us through the community on bicycles, we realized that what was supposed to be a two hour tour extended into three hours, and we could have easily spent... More

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