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“Humbling visit.” 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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$46*
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Cultural Cape Town - Langa and Khayelitsha
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
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 older children, Activities for young children
Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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“Humbling visit.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Try and get a local to guide you - their first-hand stories are fascinating. Be nice to everyone and they will return your smiles. Gospel church on Sunday is magic!

Visited January 2013
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“Imizamo Yethu Township”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Don't miss the chance to have a guided tour around a township.Our local guide was extremely informative and the residents do not mind having a photo taken (I personally only took photos of buildings there as didn't wish to disrespect anyone). The people were so humble and spoke to a few residents who come from all over Africa to seek shelter etc. Do also speak to the craft people who make a number of items from paintings to jewellery on site.. Very humbling but you visiting helps their economy as well as getting a little understanding of their day to day struggles. Def recommended

Visited January 2013
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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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“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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