Gugulethu, Langa & Khayelitha Township Tours
Experience Capetown’s oldest townships with a qualified local guide.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
We specialize in eye-opening guided tours of Langa, Cape Town’s oldest black township. On a typical walking tour, you’ll see four different housing and socio-economic areas, including worker hostels and informal settlements. You will get the chance to greet residents along the way in our language, called isiXhosa.
We’re more than happy to tailor township tours to your needs. If you are interested in history, art, music, education, social issues, or health care, we’re happy to customise your tour to suit.
Langa is Cape Town’s oldest township, established in 1923.
Similar to the nearby communities of Gugulethu and Khayelitsha, Langa is one of the many areas that were established prior to the apartheid era designated for Black Africans.
The name Langa means “sun” in the Xhosa language, but the name of the township is actually derived from the name Langalibalele – a famous chief who was imprisoned on Robben Island for rebelling against the government.
In recent years, the township has started to be rejuvenated as the government has invested in improved infrastructure. The Guga’sthebe Cultural Centre was opened in 2005 and is now the site of many community and cultural activities.
Culturally, Langa is relatively homogeneous, with most of the residents belonging to the Xhosa tribe. The community started with very little planned infrastructure but is rapidly developing in many areas, including tourism.
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.
As the name implies, a township tour is a guided tour of a township that provides you with a 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.
All our tours are conducted by Registered and Qualified Tour Guides who have also grown up in the Langa township. Our company is a locally-owned business that provides opportunities and employment to people in the township and we aim to show our guests not only the challenges but many of the exciting developments that are taking place in Langa.
Yes, we are very flexible and are happy to customise your private tour if you have special interests e.g. education, health care, orphanages, social issues, cultural centres, music etc.
Bring an open mind. Do not bring valuables, such as big cameras. You can bring your phone or a small camera to take photos. Comfortable shoes are recommended for walking
Unlike many other township tour companies, our company 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.