Cape Town Township Tours

Price guide: Expensive

Langa, Cape Town, Western Cape

Price guide: Expensive

Image from Shack Chic (Quivertree Publishing)
Save money and beat the queues by booking attractions, tours and things...
#16 of 25
expert-rated things to do in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:3.7 out of 5
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Art, Education, Sightseeing

Best for Culture - Expert review of Cape Town Township Tours

The best introduction to township life by a local tour guide.

There are many township tour offerings in and around the city but one of the reasons I like this one is because it's an owner-run establishment and also because Langa, where it is based, is nice and close to the city. It also shows a more balanced view of a township community.

Langa was established in 1923 and is an ordered community of mostly formal and some informal housing. Your tour will bring you into contact with many locals, you will see how residents live and will even learn a few words of Xhosa, the language spoken by most people. Visits to an after-school dance programme are included while owner Siviwe can tailormake your tour according to your interests - taking you to a school, health clinic or the striking Guga S'Thebe cultural centre, where regular exhibitions are a highlight.

Price advice: 

Expect to pay 200 Rand for self-drive tours or 350 Rand including return transfers from a central point in Cape Town.

Expert tips: 
For a taste of real township life, ask Siviwe to factor in a visit to a local shebeen or tavern for a drink or lunch.

More information on Cape Town Township Tours:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Tour
Address:
Langa, Cape Town, Western Cape
Telephone:
+27 (0) 84 945 0739
Website:
http://www.townshiptourscapetown.co.za
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Tours are undertaken according to guest start time preferences.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

Have you been to Cape Town Township Tours? Would you recommended it?