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Langa Township

Jan Smuts Drive, the N2 and the N7, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Langa is a suburb of Cape Town that was established and designated for Black Africans before apartheid. It is a culturally and historically important... more » Owner description: Langa is a suburb of Cape Town that was established and designated for Black Africans before apartheid. It is a culturally and historically important urban area. « less
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Kennebunk, Maine, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

If you are going to take a tour of a local township, you should definitely book it through the ProTeam group. MC took us around the Langa township and being from the township himself, he provided a unique and inside look at what life is like in the hostels and shanties. Though touring Table Mountain, the beaches, vineyards, and Waterfront... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

My girlfriend and I took a private tour of Langa Township with M.C. of ProTeam SA tours in May. What a great experience! To begin, ProTeam was very easy to work with and responsive to our calls and emails. The owner, M.C., picked us up from our hotel in Cape Town. On our way to Langa, he stopped for an... More

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S.Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This was a strange experience, looking around what is essentially a housing estate albeit in a poor area, being taken into peoples homes which in most cases are one room with communal areas and taking photos. It seemed a little staged and very intrusive with the people obviously used to it. we visited a nursery school there where the children... More

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Warrenpoint, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited Langa as part of one of the township tours. Although everyone was welcoming and courteous we would not have tempted this trip on our own, and still would use a guide if we were to return. It is definitely worth seeing to give every visitor/tourist a pinch of reality. There is signs that locals are starting to benefit... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Going into visiting a township makes one quite apprehensive not knowing what to really expect. While life in the townships have their hardships, there have been gradual improvements over the years. Take kids along and let them have a look at reality. The pele in the townships are normal folk and generally very kind and accommodating.

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Antibes, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Writing a review on Langa on Tripadvisor and rating it as an "attraction" is somehow misplaced, soulless and somewhat cruel. The poverty of the people in the Langa township squeezes tears out of you and makes you feel guilty and uncomfortable. Yet behind every human being living in the worse condition possible there always is a smile and hope. This... More

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Visited September 2011. A wonderful tour by a fantastic guide who lives in the township. There is a fee which I do hope is going straight into the community and paying the guide a fair price. We visited the community centre which offers various projects for locals to participate in. We saw some fantastic African music being played, a visit... More

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A visit to Langa Township is a must to see and understand the current situation in South Africa and to understand the long road ahead for its citizens, all citizens...

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London, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went on a tour with camissa. Found it very educational and did not at all feel like it was poverty tourism. Langa has a range of people living there and it's very interesting hearing stories. The education I received was brilliant. A very worthwhile trip

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We have experienced a lot of "poor" living areas around the world, including those in Mumbai, India, the favelas of Rio, and others similar to them, and are always sobered by the conditions in which a large part of the world's population live. On a scale of I-10, 1 being the worst, Langa Township is actually about a 7 or... More

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