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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 2013
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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Brisbane, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure if going in a township tour was the right thing to do but coming from Australia we have little information on the townships within South Africa so we as a family decided this was the only way to find out more. We are so very pleased that we did. Siviwe was our tour guide and is a... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

A trip to Cape Town would be missing an enormously important and genuinely thought provoking experience if you missed out on a township tour. We booked Vamos on the power of their trip advisor rating and we were not disappointed. We were picked up by our guide Gladstone at our hotel in a comfortable modern 'minivan' before collecting another couple... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

They pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable air conditioned minibus and drive you to a township (in my case, it was Langa). The driver and tour guide are the same person and is a local resident of the township. He taught us a few words in Xhosa on the way, and even sang a song in his... More

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Hamburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

For those who are not into reading lengthy reviews I will summarize this: Contact them and do this. If you would like to know more details: We contacted Vamos tours through e-mail and they were very helpful and friendly and we booked a private half-day tour on rather short notice. Siviwe picked us up from our B&B and we drove... More

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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Our guide Gladstone introduced us to so many different friends in his community who made us really welcome. We could see how challenging life is for many of the residents, but also how strong the community is and how new housing projects, sport & art activities and business all contribute to make it a very positive place. Such a refreshing... More

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

This is a trip all visitors to Cape Town should take to get a balanced view of the city and to get an understanding of the people and their History. We could not have had a better guide than Siviwe and we left with the greatest respect for him and his people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Our host Siviwe was gracious, professional & personable who showed us a very special place. An amazing experience led by someone who knows many in the community personally and was willing to share much of his life experience. Our visit to Langa was one of the best things we did in Cape Town and Siviwe taught us much during our... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

You must visit a township. The V&A Waterfront, while a nice tourist destination, is very sterile. My wife and I were in Cape Town for a week (and I stayed an additional week for a conference). We wanted to see one of the surrounding townships first hand to get a sense, if only for a brief moment, of how people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was simply one of the best things we did during our trip in SA, delivered way beyond our expectations and completed our experience. Siwiwe was great: honest, knowledgeable, a lot more than a tour guide. He lives and breathes Langa, and this is evident from his every word and move. We were lucky to be only 5 people (us,... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

My family and I went on the Langa Township tour last September. The experience was far beyond amazing! Thanks to our tour guide Siviwe, we were introduced to the heart of South Africa. Siviwe's passion and love for his township and career were truly inspiring. We found ourselves speechless by his professionalism, knowledge, flawless English, social skills, and excellent approach... More

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