If you only visit the posh places and hot spots in Cape Town, you’re missing an opportunity to discover the heart and soul of the beautiful Western Cape Province. Our half-day tour introduces you to the colourful characters who live in Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest informal settlement; and the vibrant inhabitants of Bo-Kaap, formerly known as the Malay Quarters.

Learn more about the way of life in a large informal settlement and experience authentic cultural traditions, understand the history that shaped these areas and listen to stories that’ll make you laugh and cry. From tasty African cuisine and homemade beer at a traditional shebeen in Khayelitsha to the best Malay curry in the Bo-Kaap; these tours are inspirational and fascinating.

Tour Highlights

  • Khayelitsha
  • Bo-Kaap
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic.
DEPARTURE TIME 9:00am or 1:30pm Daily (except 25-26 December / 1-2 January / Easter religious holiday). Saturday/Sunday & public holidays; morning tour only (9h00 to 12h30). Sunday tour includes attending a church service in Langa township
RETURN TIME 12:30pm or 5:00pm
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Transport in an Air-conditioned vehicle Return transfers from hotels in Cape Town CBD
English and German commentary
EXCLUDED
Snacks and beverages

Khayelitsha

The tour includes a walking tour through the shanty town of Khayelitsha with a local guide. He’ll take you to his informal shack and show you how township people typically live; their living conditions and way of life. The route out of Khayelitsha takes you through the middle-class residential area and here you’ll see modern developments such as new housing estates, shopping malls, hospitals, swimming pools and a magistrate’s court. Your safety and well-being is guaranteed.

Khayelitsha is of Xhosa origin and means ‘new home’. That’s a romantic term for a sprawling informal settlement which at one stage was an out-of-control squatter camp. It was originally established to provide housing for ‘legal’ residents in the Western Cape and the plan was to create 4 towns with brick houses to accommodate some 30 000 people in each.

The settlement started as a tented town with rows and rows of tents. By 1990, the population of Khayelitsha had reached 450 000 inhabitants and at least 80% were unemployed. Only a handful of residents had electricity and water was fetched from public taps. For many years the living conditions were horrific; with overcrowding and lawlessness, making it a no-go area for non-Khayelitsha residents.

Slowly, over time, development in the township has begun to transform the shanty town into fairly decent suburbs; the township population has since topped the one million mark. Progress is steady but very slow; service delivery of basic amenities is lacking, and policing is stretched. By day, Khayelitsha is safe in the company with a local guide but it is off-bounds for tourists after dark.

Bo-Kaap

Bo-Kaap is a melting pot of cultures, although the majority of residents are direct descendants of the original Cape Malay slaves. It is one of the most photographed suburbs in Cape Town; with brightly coloured homes standing out in stark contrast to hold historical cobbled streets.

Originally known as the Malay Quarter when it was established in the 1760s by the Dutch East India Company as a settlement for slaves; it was also known as Bo-Kaap to the Dutch (meaning ‘Above the Cape’). It was home to political exiles, slaves and convicts which were sent to the Cape by the Dutch from Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India. Under the Group Areas Act of 1950, Bo-Kaap was declared a Muslim-only (non-White) area.

When residents of Bo-Kaap had finally earned the right to buy their rented home; they painted the outside bright neon colours as an expression of freedom. The rule before was buildings had to be painted white. A visit to Bo-Kaap is a celebration of its rich history and cultural roots. It is situated at the feet of Signal Hill on the fringe of Cape Town’s central business district, close to Longmarket Street and the V&A Waterfront.

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Half Day Township Cultural Tour

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