Freedom Tours and Activities in Cape Town

The story of our journey to democracy is best told by the people who walked the road to freedom and there are a number of tours and activities in and around Cape Town where you can hear about the struggle to end apartheid and celebrate the freedom of South Africa’s new democracy:

• Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Civic Centre, City Centre
The Civic Centre launched the City of Cape Town’s Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition on Sunday, 30 June 2013, as part of the City’s year-long programme to honour Madiba. The exhibition will close in June 2014.
* Price: Entry to the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition is free

• Madiba Tours in Cape Town
Footsteps to Freedom are offering a City Walking Tour – In the footsteps of Mandela (2.5hrs) and Mandela in Cape Town (half day and full day tours), which follow the journey of slavery in the Cape leading up to Apartheid, a chronology of Mandela’s life, his footsteps through the Central City on the day of his release and his legacy in the Mother City. The tours visit sites such as Greenmarket Square, Company’s Garden, the Slave Precinct, Robben Island, City Hall and the Grand Parade
* Price: From R220 per person, includes a meal and transfers

Mandela’s legacy lives on in Cape Town with a creative tour by Coffeebeans Routes – The Revolution Route (half day tour) is packed with storytelling and visits to key sites of interest. The trip features visits to a selection of different hosts in the city that tell the stories of the revolutionary struggle in Cape Town from 1960 to the early 1990’s.
* Price: R995 per person for a half day tour; includes a meal, entrance fees and transfers

• Township Tours
The term ‘township’ refers to residential areas in South Africa that were segregated for ‘non-white’ people during the apartheid era. Townships were usually built on the outskirts of towns and cities. Despite the fact that segregation was de-regulated decades ago, socio-economic factors have meant that townships are still very much a part of South Africa’s landscape.
Fascinating windows into the dynamics of South African life; townships are bustling centres of energy, creativity and entrepreneurialism. Many visitors report having their most authentic experiences on township tours.
In Cape Town, tours are available in Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Kayamandi, Lwandle and Masiphumelele, where experienced operators have worked with the resident communities to establish a welcoming, safe and interesting perspective on everyday life in a Cape Town township.
Tour operators work with residents to share the benefits of tourism to the area. For many young township dwellers, this exposure to the tourism industry whets the desire to enter the profession. For others, such as crafters, restaurateurs and musicians, the tours are their livelihood.
Mandela’s chef of twenty years, Xoliswa Ndoyiya, said that Mandela’s favourite dishes included samp and beans, dumplings, tripe and oxtail, and some of these are up for tasting on the tours.
* Price: From R350 – R400 per person per tour. Cost dependant on tour options and operators.
For a list of tour operators, taking visitors on guided experiences through townships, click here.

• Take a Virtual Trip
Follow Madiba’s footsteps around South Africa using this newly launched interactive map:

Cape Town Tourism can assist visitors with information and booking services. Call +27 (0)861 322 223, email or visit Alternatively pop in to one of Cape Town Tourism’s twelve Official Visitor Information Centres across the City, offering face to face assistance.


* Prices valid for 2014 only. Please call ahead to double check before booking.




Released for Cape Town Tourism by Rabbit in a Hat Communications, Tammy White, +27 21 671 2640, +27 73 202 5041,

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