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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island

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  • Full-day guided tour of Cape Town and Robben Island
  • Visit District Six Museum and learn about apartheid history
  • Travel to nearby townships, including Langa, and meet their inhabitants
Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island
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Cape Town Townships Tour including Robben Island
From $85.08
Take a fascinating trip through South Africa’s difficult past with a tour of Cape Town and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Visit the District Six Museum to get an in-depth look at the troubling history of apartheid in South Africa, and see how that system still impacts modern life in townships like Langa and Gugulethu. See how residents of these townships work to improve their lives and communities. Take a ferry to UNESCO-listed Robben Island for a tour of the former prison for political prisoners.
What to Expect
After getting picked up at your hotel, your first stop is the District Six Museum. This museum gives you an excellent look at the history of apartheid in this area, how it began in 1950 with the enforced eviction of more than 60,000 black South Africans from the district in order to make it an all-white neighborhood.

With this history in mind, your next stop is the township of Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Townships first sprang up under apartheid as places for non-whites to live. They were always in unsavory areas, and were essentially cut off from city infrastructure. In Langa with your guide, stop into a shebeen (tavern), go to a local market and visit a traditional healer. Next, visit Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre to see the work being done to improve the lives of the Langa community, most of whom are Xhosa.

Head back toward Cape Town for the last township visit, Gugulethu. This township was originally built specifically for migrant workers from the Transkei region of the Eastern Cape. Here, again, there are signs of both progress and poverty — shacks alongside restaurants and night clubs.

Back in Cape Town, enjoy some free time in the afternoon at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront where you can get lunch (own expense) before getting into a ferry to ride across Table Bay to Robben Island. The island was once a prison, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison. Today, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where former political prisoners give tours.

See Mandela’s cell in the prison — it’s roughly seven square feet (0.6 square meters) — and hear what life was like for him and the other prisoners there, including how he was made to dig in a quarry when officials found out he was acting as a leader during a prisoner rebellion.

Contemplate the distance Mandela traveled from these prison gates to the presidential office as you ride the ferry back to Cape Town. The tour ends with a drop-off at your Cape Town hotel.

Please note:
  • District Six Museum (closed Sundays)
Reviews (143)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed October 23, 2018
Good trip but did not deliver on small group promise

Just want to say that the townships, District Six trip were all great. Sadly, due to winds (only low 20mph) the ferry trip to Robben Island was cancelled, so the trip ended early. This is not the fault of the operator of course and is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Andrew O
Reviewed October 19, 2018
Outstanding guide, first rate tour

We did this tour on 15 October and found it excellent in every regard. Our tour leader made the Langa Township come alive for us, and we got to meet with and talk with residents and visit a preschool. He also introduced the District Six...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CarolineArizona_11
Reviewed September 24, 2018
Interesting, Whole experience very humbling

Our guide was very knowledgable. District 6 museum was very interesting and from the history learned today - felt quite shocked and sickened by the events that took place at the time.. Robben Island was a humbling experience. Guides were very good and the ex...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank KDF64
Reviewed July 4, 2018
Good Tour Guide - Book Robben Island Directly w/ Ferry

We chose this tour for a tour and the Robben Island Tour. It was booked through Trip Advisor, through Viator, through Thompson's and then contracted out to a tour guide. The tour guide was not given all our information and was not informed we were...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank Melrose08F
Reviewed June 7, 2018
The ONLY reason we purchased this tour: It was the only tour that was offered by you including Robben Island.

The Robben Island trip was canceled due to the weather. However, we were not given the chance to reject the whole tour. The rest of this tour, that we had to follow, in order to request for our partial refund, was very poor & discouraging,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Nargges A
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November 2, 2018|
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Response from CarolineArizona_11 | Reviewed this property |
Our afternoon tour ran late (unpredictable) and we didn't get back until around 6pm. I think we were supposed to get back around 5pm
June 14, 2018|
Response from PhilT3m | Reviewed this property |
Sign up via trip advisor but you may need to make your way to a city hotel for pick up. They let us know where and when they'd pick up.