Discover the beauty of Cape Town and its people through fascinating walking tours hosted throughout the city. These walking tours allow visitors to appreciate the history, dabble in art and food, and enjoy immersive interactions with the locals.
Here are some popular walking tours hosted in Cape Town aimed to educate, inspire and help you get those steps in.
Eat like a local
Hosted by: Rupesh Kassen and team
Go on a journey of taste with Eat Like a Local. After working in the corporate space for more than 10 years, Rupesh Kassen decided to swap corporate for culinary and got his formal qualification as a chef and tour guide. Rupesh went on to gain valuable experience at restaurants in Johannesburg and Zanzibar before making the move to Cape Town to start Eat Like a Local.
During the tours, visitors experience Cape Town’s food culture through a guided walking food tour, which includes 9 food and drink tastings in the Bo-Kaap and the Cape Town City Centre.
Eat Like a Local’s tours are uniquely curated to give insight into the city’s rich local food culture, history, and food trends. The tours accommodate all dietary requirements and also feature an exciting plant-based experience that puts a spotlight on the vegan food scene in Cape Town.
Location/Meeting Point: 129 Bree Street, City Center, Cape Town
Price: Tours start from R1750
Aunty Nita’s Tours
Hosted by: Anita Hermanus
Aunty Nita’s Tours showcases an otherwise untapped aspect of Cape Culture. The tours are hosted by Anita Hermanus (aka Aunty Nita), a local born and raised on the Cape Flats.
Aunty Nita started her company in 2018 to showcase the rich history and beauty of the Cape Flats and to debunk the negative perceptions of the area. She hosts two walking tours, the Forgotten Heroes and Unsung Heroes tours. These tours are inspired by the role of the Cape coloured community in the liberation struggle as well as insightful details on gangs and gangsterism in the Cape Flats area.
These tours merge history and culture effortlessly and are available as a half-day or full-day experience.
Location/Meeting Point: Various pickups-depending on location
Juma Art Tours
Hosted by: Juma Mkwela
Juma Mkwela’s Art Tours offer visitors an insightful look at some of Cape Town’s most popular attractions, including Khayelitsha, Woodstock, and Salt River.
Juma’s mission is for visitors to forge meaningful interactions with residents while experiencing the best of Cape Town. His walking tours are immersive, allowing visitors the opportunity to be part of sustainable, positive change within these communities. These experiences include planting vegetable gardens and creating street art. Some of his most popular walking tours include the Woodstock Street Art Tour and Salt River Street Art Tour. Juma’s tours can be custom-made to suit your interests.
- 32 Makabeni Road, Khayelitsha (Township Experience Tour)
- Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock (Woodstock Street Art Tour)
- 289 Victoria Road, Salt River (Salt River Street Art Tour)
Price: From R650 per person
Cape Town Culinary Tours
Hosted by: Justin Gilmour
If you’re a foodie and want to explore Cape Town’s expansive culinary scene, a walking tour with Cape Town Culinary Tours is worth adding to your bucket list.
Founder Elsje Bester, who started the tours five years ago, partners with local foodie ambassadors to highlight the diversity and culinary appeal of the Mother City. Elsje combines cultural history, traditional local flavours and modern culinary techniques in her tours.
Some of her popular walking tours include the Cape Town Essentials Tour, Cape Town Coffee Experience, and the Taste of Africa tour. Tours are available in English, French, and Afrikaans.
Location/Meeting Point: Varies per tour
Cape Town Free Walking Tours
Hosted by: Jennifer, Milo, Marina and Wilmarie
Cape Town Free Walking Tours’ mission is to make the city accessible by foot. With a team of 4 guides, visitors get to hear insightful stories of Cape Town’s history, its people and architecture through a fun, energetic and informative tour.
Seasoned guides also share personal favourite spots worth a visit and recommend great places to eat, shop and explore. The free 90-minute walking tours include Apartheid to Freedom, Bo-Kaap, or Historic City. Tours run three times a day at 11am, 2pm, and 4:20pm.
No booking is required for individuals joining or groups of up to 9 people. Groups of 10 and more are required to book a private tour.
Location/Meeting Point: Motherland Coffee, St. George’s Mall (Mandela Rhodes building, Cnr Wale Street & St Georges Mall)