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Address: Gugu S'Thebe, cnr Washington & Church Streets | Langa Township, Cape Town Central 7735, South Africa
Phone Number: 072 499 7866
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Vamos is deeply embedded in the Langa Township through its ownership...

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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Tough but inspiring Sunday morning

We did the half day tour on a Sunday morning with our guide, Gladstone. Seeing the conditions that still prevail more than 20 years after the end of apartheid was very tough for a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Richard C
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Norwich, United Kingdom

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the half day tour on a Sunday morning with our guide, Gladstone. Seeing the conditions that still prevail more than 20 years after the end of apartheid was very tough for a couple of westerners like us. The tour underlined the cruelty of that era and just how far SA has to develop to ensure all can live... More 

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Lyon, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Langa on a biking tour with the guide Thando who showed us around. He explained the way of living in an honest way with a lot of sense of humour. Do take enough cash to donate the art craft center and pay the guide. It was an impressive and honest tour.

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Thank Iris J
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the half day Langa tour guided by Sivewe. It was brilliant. He picked us up from where we were staying in Camps Bay, and then we headed to Langa. We got a great insight into township life, and particularly the many positive aspects of Langa in particular. We got to meet some great locals, and then finished off... More 

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NZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour made me very hopeful for the future of South Africa! Siviwe's successful partnership with Garth is a model for bringing together the best of all worlds. Siviwe's tour guiding is intelligent, informed and articulate. A must!

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Thank janeterr
london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This tour is a must. Sensitively and interestingly conducted by the tour company entrepreneur (who was brought up there during the apartheid era and still lives there) , it provides a fascinating snapshot of the social and economic changes that have happened post- apartheid in a South African city township - and of what still needs to be achieved. In... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

We had the great privilege to enjoy this tour and highly recommend it. Siviwe knows SA's history very well and has a very entertaining way of telling it. On top of that he has a very good heart. He told us many personal stories and he responded very much to what kind of interests we had. We were a group... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

This tour was the most informative and enjoyable look into the current state of townships, particularly of Langa. Our charismatic guide showed us the cultural center, porcelain workshop, middle class quarters and the original structures that are slowly being substituted by government housing, but still carry the genuine flavor of the past. The tour ends with an African barbecue at... More 

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Thank Pavel K
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Before describing the township visit itself I want to emphatically stress that you should 100% do this trip. Many people feel uncomfortable with the idea of a township tour and have preconceptions of it being being 'voyeuristic' and 'poverty tourism'. This is not the case. Apartheid and forced resettlement are a part of S Africa's recent history and townships are... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We did the 2 hour cycling tour with Thando. Because we went by bike we got a real close encounter with the township of Langa. It felt weird to take pictures of people who have it tough. On the other hand, thanks to the tours you get a change to help those people. The money is reinvested in Langa +... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

I'm a South African who has visited Cape Town on numerous occasions, but this is the first time I decided to do a township tour, because I had a foreign visitor. I think it is an important part of a trip to South Africa for anyone who really wants to understand the country, to go into the townships and see... More 

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