Guided tour

Township Eco Tour

Township Eco Tour

From US$ 46.85 per person

Join a culturally enriching tour for people seeking a deeper understanding of township life. If you’re interested in taking a township tour, but would also like to help within the community you are visiting, then this tour is for you.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Walk in the footsteps of a Township resident
  • Ride the train from Cape Town Station to Langa Township
  • Learn about Langa during a walking tour of this Township
  • Get a chance to give back by volunteering at the community garden and soup kitchen
Full description
As part of a small guided group you will experience a slice of life for the average South African. You will ride the same trains locals use to commute to work every day and take a guided walk through the community they live in. In a hands-on way you will be volunteering at a community food garden and soup kitchen that feeds the needy. Your tour will start at Cape Town Station, the main station, serving the city center and surroundings. From here we will journey by train to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town. Many locals commute daily by train from the townships. However, it is not necessarily a mode of transport you would use as a tourist as the main Cape Town tourist area is predominantly served by taxis and buses. Once in Langa, we will take a guided walk through the streets of the community, taking in all the sights and sounds of this bustling environment. From there we go to the Sinebhongo community garden where guests are able to contribute to the initiative with their time and energy in the garden and kitchen. Our group has a chance to interact with the women behind this project as they pick the vegetables and prepare the food. We journey on to the hostels of the Joe Slovo, informal settlement, and get a chance to speak to the locals. Then, enjoy a light lunch.
  • Train ticket to Langa
  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic beverages
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The local operators will be wearing a branded uniform and meet you at the entrance to Old Marine Drive, which is close to the Rovos rail platform - there is plenty of safe parking at affordable cost.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Requires a minimum of 2 guests to take place. Tours do not operate on the weekends , since on these days the garden project is closed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

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It was very moving and yet we enjoyed ourselves to the fullest.

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December 17, 2018

unfortunately no eco-tour

Unfortunately the tour was not an eco tour as booked but a normal township tour. Trains didn't go to Langa, ok. That the garden. In which we were supposed to be working is closed on Saturday, the organizer should have known. For the same reason, we couldn't go to school or kindergarten. No criticism of the guide - everything he told us and showed was very interesting. Unfortunately it wasn't what we had booked. Then prefer not to offer this tour on Saturdays, then you can prepare yourself for it.

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February 19, 2018

Highly Recommended

The tour was very well organized and we got a very good impression of life in the township. The food was an experience.

November 13, 2016

Product ID: 11086