Here are a few of our favourites from our recent time in Cape Town.
Footsteps to Freedom Tour – Prisoner to President
Nelson Mandela’s story is rich with elements of human drama: pain & heartache, bravery & courage, secrecy and intrigue. Amongst the players is a president, a chief of prison, a spy and a prisoner. The setting is Cape Town.
When most people think about Mandela and Cape Town they don’t see beyond Robben Island, but Cape Town has a captivating Mandela story to tell as it provided the setting for the unfolding of a series of significant and secretive meetings that led to the surprise release of Mandela and the unbanning of the ANC in February 1990.
This is a brilliant historical tour that lasts 2 hours and runs on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10h30.
Waterfront Historic Walk
Beneath the surface of the vibrant Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, lie stories of bravery, slavery, tragedy and triumph. These stories have meant different things to different people; from the indigenous Khoi, Dutch settlers, British colonists, the enslaved and imprisoned, to free South Africans. Join our expert guide on a private 2 hour historic tour which is an entertaining way to get your bearings around the V&A Waterfront and pick up to some fascinating information about the role and development of the harbour since early Dutch times through the Victorian era and into modern day South Africa.
This is a private tour so it can depart any day pending availability.
Walk to Freedom
This is a tour which delves deep into South Africa’s political past and opens up doors to communities not always encountered in the city itself. You start off at the colourful Bo- Kaap, home to the Malay community and one of the oldest residential areas in the city, before crossing over to District Six, once a vibrant Coloured neighbourhood, before forced removals under the Group Areas Act of Apartheid turned it into a desolate wasteland. From here, you visit one of the townships, created specifically for black residents under Apartheid and join local community workers on a walk about through the township, meeting many friendly faces en route and also seeing the changes being brought about here with the advent of the New South Africa.
Head to the Waterfront and board a ferry to Robben Island. Here you are joined by a local guide, someone who spent time on the island during the Apartheid years, thus able to give a personal and often moving account of the experience. You will also learn more about the island’s most famous prisoner – Nelson Mandela – and see his cell where he spent nearly 27 years of his life. After a most interesting day, the ferry takes you back to the Waterfront and you are returned to your accommodation.
*Note the visit to Robben Island is weather permitting.