Full Day Cape Town Walk to Freedom Tour
Freedom has not come easily to South Africa, and any attempt to understand present day conditions requires a look into the past injustices and the legacy of struggle faced by South Africa while on the road to freedom.
The journey begins at 8:30 when the tour bus collects you from your hotel. The first stop on our adventure is the Bo-Kaap or "Malay Quarter", a living cultural museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Here we discover the distinctive culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and learn about their contribution to South Africa's development.
From the Bo-Kaap we then continue onto District Six where we examine the now desolate area, Zonnebloem, which was District Six and visit the living museum which attempts to represent and recapture District Six in its various guises - as a fine-spun tapestry of communal life torn apart but not forgotten.
The tour then takes us into a world that was created in an attempt to separate different races resulting in what is now known as the Townships. Sprawling camps created with various materials have been developed due to lack of housing and infrastructure - providing little more than a roof and some shelter for many people in South Africa. However; as we shall see, squatter settlements are seeking their own solutions. As an economic necessity and against all odds, township life prevails, in all its nuances.
As guests of local community workers, we take a walk through Langa, a pulsating and vibrant community with all its different customs and traditions. You will have the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the locals while taking in the life-style and culture.
After a cold 'sorghum beer' or ginger beer at the local shebeen we leave Langa and travel to the V&A Waterfront where we have some lunch before climbing aboard the ferry to Robben Island. The ferry departs at 14:00 from the Clock Tower Terminal, V&A Waterfront. (Visitors should be there at 13:30.)
On Robben Island, visitors' movements are restricted by regulation to the bus and the group's guide. Tours of the island are conducted in large buses. Robben Island provides further insight into South Africa's history of political struggle, brave personalities and brutal treatment.
After the tour of the Island we will return to the Waterfront once again by ferry and then you will be accompanied back to your hotel.
This tour is also available as a half day tour," excluding Robben Island.