Township and Robben Island Combo 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. To go more in-depth into the apartheid, you continue your day tour to the famous, Alcatraz of South Africa, Robben Island. There you will learn about the struggles of Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment on the Island. Let Ashanti assist you with booking the most authentic township and Robben Island tour that Cape Town has to offer.
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.
This tour looks at the current social and economical situation faced by those living in township communities it also looks at current development programs aimed at improving the lives of people living in township communities vs the struggle of the past which lead into the likes of Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment at Robben Island
The Robben Island visit includes a return ferry ride, a guided tour of Robben Island and the prison including Nelson Mandela’s cell. The tour ends after the return ferry trip at the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Clocktower, V&A Waterfront. Return Transfer to hotel is not included after the Robben Island tour.
Departs from 8h30
8h30-12h30 – Township Tour
12h30-12h50 – Lunch Break at V&A Waterfront (not included)
12h50 – Proceed to Nelson Mandela Gateway
13h00-17h00 – Robben Island
Tickets for the ferry to Robben Island are subject to weather conditions and availability. Especially in high season (December – February) be aware that the ferry may not necessarily run at the end of the Township tour.
(Tour ends at V&A Waterfront)
Please Note; Please provide the name and passport number for all participants This is a new compliance requirement by Robben Island museum