Bonteheuwel

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  • Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    1. Robben Island Ferry Ticket and Township Combo Tour

    Explore District Six, where 60,000 inhabitants were forcibly removed during the 1970s by the apartheid regime. Drive to Langa and learn the history of the oldest township at sites like the Old Pass Office and the monument to Robert Sobukwe. Learn about life during apartheid on a walking tour of the hostels and shacks. Visit a shebeen (pub) and try some homemade beer. See a traditional healer in action, and then drive through the Bonteheuwel township, reserved for the "colored" community during the days of apartheid. Hear about the division of people and its impact within communities today. See the Gugulethu 7 Memorial to the members of an anti-apartheid group killed by the South African Police in 1986, and the memorial to the American student Amy Biehl, murdered by PAC supporters in 1993. Afterwards, get dropped off at the V&A Waterfront to take your ferry to Robben Island.

    This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.

  • Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    2. Township and Robben Island Combination Tour

    Your tour will start at the historical site of District Six, where inhabitants were forcibly removed according to the Group Areas Act of 1950 during the Apartheid era. From there we will move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Next we travel to Bonteheuwel, a township developed from the forcibly removed District Six residents classified as colored. Learn about the rules in these township and how they affected everyday life. We with the township chapter of our tour with a visit to Gugulethu, home to more than 300,000 residents. Here your guide will explain how this township has developed after the fall of Apartheid. We break for lunch at the V&A Waterfront, one of the top tourist destinations in Cape Town with breathtaking views of Table Mountain. Next we take the ferry to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 of his 27 prison years. Here you take a ...

    Lots of standing. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Carry crackers or ginger with you to calm your belly if you typically experience motion sickness. Great overall experience.

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What people are saying about Bonteheuwel

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 534 reviews

This trip was fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable, the transport was on time and well organised. The trip followed Covid guidelines. Our ferry crossing had to be rescheduled due to bad weather but the company dealt with this quickly and efficiently to ensure we were able to transfer our tickets to a different day. I would highly recommend this trip.

It was the most educational and interesting activity so far. Kona my guide is very professional, he know very well his topic. I learn a lot about South African culture. I highly recommand this experience.

To see where our political fighter were staying and learn about their history and all difficulties they lived in. I salute them.

A really interesting township tour with a fabulous guide

The tour was a eye-opener. Enjoyed every bit of it.