Half Day Township Tour
For a cultural trip like no other and to gain true perspective into how the majority of South Africans live, we recommend supporting the local community and taking part in a township tour. The tour that Ashanti Travel Online offers is one like no other, where locals that actually grew up in the townships take you on a guided trip through many of the informal settlements. The tour is guaranteed to give someone travelling in Cape Town better insight into how much Apartheid truly effected those of race during that era and how it still has an impact on lives of today. The predominantly walking trip includes going to more than one township and also visits an orphanage along the way. Let Ashanti assist you with booking the most authentic township tour that Cape Town has to offer.
***This tour can also be combined with Robben Island to make a full day trip
Why Visit the Township?
This question is often asked of us? “I don’t want to be a voyeur”, seems to be the common concern.
There are so many reasons to visit our Townships but we will focus on two reasons only. The first reason is the economic benefit for Township residents. Simply put, Township Tourism creates jobs, driving down unemployment, putting bread on the table for many South Africans. We welcome you as a guest into our Townships, our neighbourhood.
The second reason concerns you the traveller. We will facilitate a profound personal and interactive cross cultural experience, helping to promote an understanding that whilst we are different, we are the same in so many ways.
Perhaps the most compelling reason to visit the Townships is the people who live there … their humanity, hospitality and warmth. Ubuntu.
Our tour includes a visit to the site of District Six where a community of over 60,000 people were forcibly removed during apartheid. Thereafter we proceed to the predominantly “Black” Township of Langa. Here we have an in-depth experience including a walking tour, home visit and where appropriate, a visit to a crèche or orphanage.
Thereafter we proceed to Bonteheuwel where we compare and contrast a “Coloured” Township with your recent experience in Langa. Finally, before returning to Cape Town, we visit Guguletu where we relate the story of Amy Biehl and the Guguletu Seven.
Our Township Tour is not a game reserve experience. It is not about ticking Township names off a list. Our tour is about the people who live in these Townships.