There is no better way to discover a city than by walking its streets, uncovering its history and mingling with the locals. Cape Town has a number of free walking tours, which make it possible to get to know the city without breaking the bank. Here are some of the best free walking tours Cape Town has to offer.
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Table Mountain Tours
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers free walking tours which depart every hour from the Twelve Apostles Terrace. The 30-minute family friendly tours are offered daily between 9am and 3pm. The expert guides will take you on a short walk around the Table top, colouring your experience with the fascinating history, geography, fauna, and flora that make this iconic attraction so special.
Historic City Tour
Cape Town Free Walking Tours departs twice daily on the Historic City Tour, starting from Motherland Coffee Company in Mandela Rhodes Place. You’ll discover the history of the city, from colonial times to the present day, and learn about the people who shaped the city. Highlights include the Company’s Garden, Parliament, Green Market Square, The Castle of Good Hope, and The Slave Lodge. No need to book for this tour: just arrive at 11am or 4:20pm, 365 days a year, and look out for the green umbrellas.
Bo-Kaap Walking Tour
The Bo-Kaap Walking Tour by Cape Town Free Walking Tours departs twice daily from Motherland Coffee Company in Mandela Rhodes Place, at 2pm and 4:20pm. Explore the rich history and beautiful cuisine of this iconic neighbourhood, with its bright colourful houses and cobbled streets. Highlights include Cape Town’s oldest Mosque, Auwal Masjeed, the story of Tuan Guru, the old Tailor’s House, the story of the colourful houses, Biesmiellah Cape Malay Restaurant, the Atlas Spice Trading Centre, and the beautiful Chiappini Street. No bookings are required. Just look out for the green umbrellas and sign up.
Apartheid to Freedom Tour
Learn all about apartheid and its legacy on this guided walk by Cape Town Free Walking Tours. The tour twice a day from Motherland Coffee Company in Mandela Rhodes Place, at 11am and 2pm. It takes in St George’s Cathedral, The Cape High Court, District Six, and the site of Mandela’s first speech as a free man. You’ll learn about the apartheid laws and how they affected those who called Cape Town home.
Cape Town Free Walking Tours also offers custom tours based on your interests. Whether you want to see how diamonds are cut and polished, do some djembe drumming, taste Cape Malay cuisine, see live street performers, or check out local art galleries, you can contact them to curate your perfect Cape Town experience.
VoiceMap Audio Tours
For those who like to take things at their own pace, VoiceMap offers many audio tours of the city. It works with GPS, so you can just press start and walk at your own pace; the audio will automatically play when you reach each point of interest. Some of the tours cost a small fee, but there are many free walking tours to choose from. These include Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, and many other attractions.
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