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“The other side of Cape Town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Langa Township

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
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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 urban area.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“The other side of Cape Town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

A very interesting insight into a township. We had a local guide-Sugar- who took us to places that you would not usually see. It's not easy to take in but should be part of your tour as it is part of Cape Town.

Visited January 2013
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“How the other half live”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

People made us most welcome. No begging , very proud of their humble cramped home. Child fascinated by blonde hair. Two miles away people living in gated palaces. What a strange world we live in!!!!!!

Visited June 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Heartbreaking”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We first were taken to watch women burnng the fur off goats heads over charcoal fires, then scraping the skulls out to sell!From there to visit a family of mother, grown up daughter with a month old baby& a 14 year old son living in 1 room in which they cook,eat & sleep. Outside communal shower & toilet blocks no doors! Next onto renovated buildings,luxury 2 rooms! & then on to the local pub. A shanty where the local fermented beer is made in large metal drums. A metal container is filled & passed round,tried it reluctantly,did not want to abuse their hospitality. and surprisingly it wasn`t bad. Then onto a dance display by a group of local girls who were very proud of their performance. From there to the heart of Shanty town where the living conditions are unimaginable, this family had been there for 12.5 years with little hope of anything better.Again a separate concrete block of toilets & showers(no doors) A final visit to another shantybetter than the last one, where we were offered a meal.salad, rice, meat & potatoes. Not sure waht the meat was but couldn`t insult our hostess so down it went! It is the saddest state of affairs which the ANC has a lot to answer for. I am glad we went to see firsthand the true picture of Cape Town

Visited December 2012
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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“A must if you visit Cape Town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We, my wife and 2 sons, did the afternoon tour on the 26th of December. Certainly an eye opener and a tour that everybody visiting SA should do. I can't recall the name of our guide but he did a great job. We took some sweets for the children in the township - always a good idea. Thanks for a great time.

Visited December 2012
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“Friendly and Humble Africans”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Did the Sunday morning tour with Sveiwe. The guide would bring you to park your cars (if self drive) outside an arts and craft centre and walk thru the township. There is little shade so do bring along an umbrella if you burn easily. The walk covered all the different types of housing in the township and gives a very good overview of life for the lower income population. Most of the townsfolk were friendly and welcomed us into their humble homes. The kid were particularly friendly and my 11-year old had a good time interacting with them. Being a Sunday, the tour ends with a visit to a local church and we sat amongst the lively worship and gospel songs.

Visited December 2012
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