Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and was the location of much resistance to apartheid.
As the name implies, a township tour is a guided tour of a township that provides you with an 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. Siviwe Tours is a locally-owned business that provides opportunities and employment to people in the township and aims to show our guests not only the challenges but many of the exciting developments that are taking place in Langa.
We offer a range of tour options – the most popular is an approximately 2-hour walking tour which incorporates the main sights and provides a background on the history and development of the township.
Absolutely! This tour is aimed at meeting and interacting with real people in the townships.
What you’ll see on every tour is different, but common sights include: local shops and restaurants, the different socio-economic areas within the Langa township, civic and community buildings and so on.
Prices for the 2-hour walking tour are R200 per person if you have your own transport and can make your way to Langa, or R350 per person including two-way hotel transfers within the Cape Town area.
Yes, we are very flexible and are happy to customise the tour if you have special interests (e.g. visiting schools, hospitals, orphanages, retirement homes, cultural centres etc.)
Yes. The township and the tour is completely safe for tourists – we have conducted hundreds of tours without incident. The local people are welcoming of tourists and tourism.
Yes, Langa is geographically very close to the centre of Cape Town. You can reach Langa by taking Exit 12 off the N2 highway coming out of Cape Town. More detailed directions can be provided when you book your tour – or we can pick you up at your hotel and drop you back.
Unlike many other township tour companies, Siviwe Tours 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.
Our tour of the Langa Township with Siviwe was a true highlight of our stay in Cape Town.
It was an eye-opening experience to see how the township has developed up to the present day and meet the locals face-to-face. Everyone we met was very friendly and welcoming and we felt completely safe at all times.
At the end of the tour, Siviwe’s “Happy Feet” troupe performed their gumboots dance for us – a great example of the cultural and community vitality to be found in Langa.
I can’t recommend Siviwe’s tour highly enough.