Your tour begins at the riveting District Six Museum. The award-winning facility – which is centrally located in Cape Town– serves as a stark reminder of the brutality and forceful removal of 60,000 of the district’s residents during apartheid. Featuring artifacts and educational exhibits, the museum provides an in-depth look at the era, which lasted from 1948 to 1994.
Next, you will visit several townships, which are settlements that were developed during apartheid to house displaced residents. Today, the Cape Town’s townships are lively, cultural hubs. Experience South African jazz, authentic BBQ joints and eclectic crafts as you’re guided through three villages. The first stop is Langa Township, the oldest apartheid housing scheme, where you’ll visit a local market, arts and crafts bazaar, and a traditional healer.
Your visit also includes a stop at a local B&B, as well as a crèche, a child care facility that provides a safe haven for the township’s children. Two additional townships on the outskirts of Cape Town — Khayelitsha and Gugulethu – are also on the day’s itinerary.
Upon returning to Cape Town, choose to extend your tour and visit Robben Island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island located in Table Bay was the site a former prison for political prisoners. Nelson Mandela spent nearly two decades of his 27 years in incarceration on Robben Island.
* Extend to the full-day tour and visit Robben Island in the afternoon.