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“Excellent eye-opening tour of Langa Township” 5 of 5 stars
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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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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.
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“Excellent eye-opening tour of Langa Township”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

During our 12-day trip to South Africa (from California), our family wanted to see more than animals and scenery. We had heard about opportunities to visit Langa Township during our stay in Cape Town, so we asked our South African travel consultant, WWS, and they put us in touch with Vamos Tours. We feel fortunate that our tour was led by Siviwe, the (co-)owner and founder of Vamos Tours. At our request, he started by explaining some of the history of South Africa, going back to the 17th century. He gave us a brief overview of the political and racial tensions that preceded the apartheid policy, which was officially imposed beginning in 1948. We learned about the ANC and the “Freedom Charter,” and how the racial, political and economic circumstances have evolved since Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990.

He showed us poor neighborhoods, but also areas of Langa that are definitely middle class. We walked past ramshackle homes and small businesses, into a courtyard filled with both freshly-washed laundry and garbage strewn everywhere. (There is really no place to take the garbage, and no money to pay to have it picked up.) We chatted with inhabitants of a multi-family housing unit, where each 15X18 foot room houses a 3-5 member family. We were welcomed by little children who happily thronged about us while other children, members of Siviwe’s “Happy Feet” dance program, performed for us.

Siviwe is a very intelligent, articulate and sincere young man who is proud of his community and its culture and eager to help visitors discover why. He told us how all the children are essentially raised by all the adults in their life – an uncle is also considered “Dad,” and all older adults are respected “aunties” and “uncles.” Siviwe repeated for us the five things children are taught that “make you wealthy on the inside:” 1. Don’t look down on someone who is struggling. 2. Don’t envy someone who has made it. 3. Don’t be racist. 4. Never let anger or hatred drive you and 5. Don’t beg. Pretty powerful rules to live by. And we had the impression that the self-confident children we encountered had already absorbed these important principles.

Thank you, Vamos Tours, thank you, Siviwe, for a well-run, informative-yet-fun tour. It was the highlight of our 5 days in Cape Town!

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“Understanding the townships”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Thando, our guide gave us a great tour which we took by bike. This is a great way to see the township Langa since by bike you can cover a large part of Langa. Thando made us understand how the township functions and learned us that it is not only the challenging housing you see along the highway but that there is also a middle class and a higher class population. We really got an insight in living here and the way safety is being assured amongst eachother. We highly recommend this tour with Vamos and advise you to take the bike.

Visited August 2014
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“An experience you shouldn't miss out on!”
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 pub where we got to taste their home brewed beer. The children we met around the township were lovely and we got to play a game of hopscotch with them which was great fun. Our last stop at the Happy Feet Project was one of the trip highlights, learning about the great work the organisation does and of course watching the fantastic performance from the kids. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Visited June 2014
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“Cape Town's Other Face”
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 - our great guide - even took us to his own house. As he is from Langa he really knows the area and the people. One might argue that going on a township tour is sort of voyeuristic. But the company's approach to show foreigners all aspects of the area and the fact that you can talk to the people helps to make a better understanding of this nation.

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“Fantastic”
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 the beer-tasting to the spaza shops were educational and informative, and it was an experience that I will never forget. Thank you so much to Vamos for such a wonderful experience.

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