A township is the generic name for one of the many areas in South Africa that were designated for black and colored (mixed race) Africans before the apartheid era.
Townships were originally dormitory towns for men brought into the cities to work in factories, mines and other industries. In time, wives and children were permitted to join their husbands.
Today, townships are essentially “suburbs” of the bigger cities.
Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and was the location of much resistance to apartheid.
As the name implies, a township tour is a guided tour of a township that provides you with an close-up view of how the township residents really live.
Many people who take the tours say they have never seen anything quite like it and remember the experience for years to come.
Prices for the 2-hour walking tour:
R400.00 per person if you have your own transport and can make your way to our meeting point in Langa.
R600.00 per person including two-way transfers within the Cape Town area.
Private tours on request.
Example 2 hour Private Tour:
1-3 people – R1400.00 per tour with your own transport.
1-3 people – R2200.00 including pick up and drop off.
Yes, Langa is geographically very close to the centre of Cape Town. It takes about 15 minutes to drive without traffic. You can reach Langa by taking Exit 12 off the N2 highway coming out of Cape Town.
More detailed directions are provided under Contact Us. We also provide detailed directions when you book a tour – If you do not have your own transport or you don’t want to drive we can pick you up at your hotel/home and drop you off as well in the Cape Town area.
Unlike many other township tour companies, Siviwe Tours is a locally-owned and run operation that employs local people and is aimed at spreading understanding of our community and helping our community to develop. Tour fees go into employing local people and enhancing local businesses.
All our guides are fully qualified – we are big enough to accommodate your requirements and small enough to customise tours to match your interests.