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 Half and Full Day Tours: Cape Town
 

Half and Full Day Tours: Cape Town

 

Cape Town City Tour & Table Mountain (half day)

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape  Town hotels 08.15-08.45 and 13.00–13.30

Duration:

4 hrs

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

Tickets for Table Mountain cable-way not included. This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour.

Minimum 2 passengers. 

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

Situated below Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head, Cape Town offers a rich cultural and industrial heritage, grand splendour and an assurance of activity of excitement at the V&A Waterfront. Including all the `must-sees` of any Cape Town day tour, this option is a geographical and cultural extravaganza, showing you Cape Town, from its historical beginnings to the dazzling modern shopping malls of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.   The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included).   In the city itself, we visit the Company Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market, Greenmarket Square. We take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap.
 

Helicopter tours

Operates:           

Daily from Cape Town’s Waterfront area, weather permitting.

Duration:

Approximately 12 - 15 mins

Includes:

Helicopter tour

Notes:

Minimum 2 passengers.


Scenic Cape Town:
In a flight time of approximately 12 - 15 minutes, you will have a ‘bird’s eye view’ of Cape Town. See the Cape Town Stadium in Green Point that was used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  The earthy colours of Signal Hill contrast the striking blue of the Atlantic Ocean, as you continue along and find yourself aligned with Lion's Head. Peek over your shoulder for a glimpse of Robben Island in the distance. You'll follow the exquisite coastline below the Twelve Apostles and view the immaculate waters of our infamous shores. See Camps Bay and the luxurious homes at Clifton beach before returning to Cape Town.  
 

Cape of Good Hope Tour (half day)

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45 and 13.00-13.30

Duration:

Approx. 4 hrs

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

Tickets for optional Seal Island boat trip not included.

The drive via Chapman’s Peak is subject to the road being open, alternatively we drive via Ou Kaapse Weg. This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point.  We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal) (not incl. in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak , one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. We go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre.
 

Cape Winelands Tour (half day)

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45 and 13.00-13.30

Duration:

Approx. 4 hrs   

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing, Entrance Fees and 2 x wine tastings as per itinerary.

Notes

This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

This delightful drive winds its way to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through superb mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch; boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, we are truly spoilt for choice when we enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate. Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived.  Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style.  We enjoy a wine tasting before returning to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside.
 

Township Tour (half day)

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45

Duration:

Approx. 5 hrs   

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

DistrictSix Museumclosed on Sundays.  Opening times for several sites are erratic and visits to all sites listed cannot be guaranteed. This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

“No easy road to freedom” was a central theme in most of the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, from the early days through to the late 1980s. Any understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present. Freedom has not come easy. This tour offers a wealth of insight into South African history. It includes a brief educational introduction to Cape Town, one of the world’s most varied and popular cities. We visit Bo-Kaap for a look at the picturesque “Malay Quarter”, a living cultural museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. We discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development. On to “District Six”: As a result of the Group Areas Act, 60 000 Capetonian families were forcibly removed from this once vibrant area between 1966 and 1982. The District Six issue remains crucial. We examine the now desolate area, Zonnebloem, which was District Six and visit the living museum which attempts to represent and recapture District Six in various ways – as a fine-spun tapestry of communal life torn apart but not forgotten.  We continue to the Townships and Cape Flats:  Seeking racial segregation, apartheid policies disrupted all non-white population groups, distorted both rural and urban development and ensured hopeless overcrowding. Few houses were built. Sprawling satellite camps of seemingly endless shanties – makeshift structures of various materials – provide little more than a roof and some shelter. As we shall see, squatter settlements are seeking their own solutions as an economic necessity. Against all odds, township life prevails, in all its nuances.
 

Cape Winelands Tour (full day)   

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45

Duration:

Approx. 9 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing, Entrance Fees and 3 x wine tastings as per itinerary.

Notes

Alternative estates may be visited over weekends and public holidays.

This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

This delightful drive takes you to the heart of the Cape Winelands, through mountain ranges, vineyards and Cape Dutch homesteads. The heart of South Africa's wine industry – Stellenbosch - offers great beauty and culture, steeped in South African history. Walk down some of the avenues, shaded by giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. We enjoy our first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate (or similar). Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived.  This charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. We enjoy a wine tasting before stopping for lunch (cost of lunch not included in cost). Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name. Our last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route. We return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 17:30.


Cape Town Gourmet Walking Tour

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 09.00

Duration:

Approx. 4 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, food tastings

Notes:

This is a private tour.   Minimum 2 passengers.

So much about a country and a culture is expressed through its cuisine.  This tour aims to combine the history of the country and city through exploring the back streets to find the tastes that represent our rainbow nation.  We walk the streets of Cape Town and experience its history, its people and its gourmet delights.   En route we stop to taste a mixture of traditional food, South African street food and to visit some artisanal foodie and coffee shops.   We will stop and sample some traditional black cuisine dishes – pap, samp & beans and Vetkoek.  The Cape Malay community were brought to Africa as slaves, mainly from Indonesia as well as from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar and East/West Africa.  These groups brought with them their knowledge of cooking with spices and as a result we in the Cape are left with a cuisine known locally as Cape Malay cuisine.  Try the local samosas and a “salome”.  Indentured labourers were brought from India and may stayed on. Their “curries” and the traditional “Bunny Chow” is also something worth tasting. Today’s tour will combine experiencing the city from an architectural, a historical, a shopping and a culinary point of view.  Each aspect works hand in hand in experiencing a city and its people!  Please keep the afternoon free as the duration of the tour will depend on how long we stop at each food stall.


Cape Point Tour – incl. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (full day)  

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45

Duration:

Approx. 9 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

Entrance fee for Seal Island cruise & Funicular Railway at Cape Point not included. The drive via Chapman’s peak is subject to the road being open, alternatively we drive via Ou Kaapse Weg.  This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

This tour is also available on a private basis, details on request.

This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City centre to Cape Point. We travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point, Clifton and Camps Bay, stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay, a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal, weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak , one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, to Cape Point and theGood Hope Nature Reserve, which has magnificent fynbos vegetation, birdlife, endemic antelope species and zebra, historic lighthouses and shipwrecks. Cape Point is perceived to be the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. After lunch at a nearby restaurant (not included in cost), we go on to historic Simon’s Town, a village with charming Victorian architecture, a naval base and a large penguin colony at the beautiful Boulders Beach. Boulders Penguin Colony (included in cost) is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Wooden walkways allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat and there is also a new information centre. We then make our way to visit the well-known Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Garden is one of eight National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa’s six different biomes. When Kirstenbosch, the most famous of the gardens, was founded in 1913 to preserve the country's unique flora, it was the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape Flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain.
 

Safari Tour (full day)

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 05.00

Duration:

Approx. 10 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, safari in 4x4 vehicle. Breakfast, Lunch.

Notes:

Minimum 2 passengers.

Enjoy an unforgettable African Big Five Safari in a malaria-free environment, approximately 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town. The “Big 5” and a large variety of re-introduced game can be viewed in their natural habitat. Early morning transfer to the game reserve. A buffet breakfast is followed by a safari. Search out the “Big 5”. In addition you may also see wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, springbok, lynx, rhebok, baboon and others. After your game drive, enjoy a buffet lunch before returning to Cape Town.  (B,L)



“Walk to Freedom” Tour – including Robben Island (full day)  

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45

Duration:

Approx. 9 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

This is a ‘seat-in-coach’ tour.  Minimum 2 passengers.

“No easy road to freedom” was a central theme in most of the Mass Democratic Movement’s campaigns, from the early days through to the late 1980s. Any understanding of present day conditions in South Africa is greatly enhanced by looking at past injustice, the legacy of the struggle and the promise of reconstruction and development initiatives under way at present. Freedom has not come easy. This tour offers a wealth of insight into South African history. It includes a brief educational introduction to Cape Town, one of the world’s most varied and popular cities. We visit the Bo-Kaap area and see this picturesque “Malay Quarter”, a living cultural museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Continue to “District Six” and visit the living museum which attempts to represent and recapture District Six in various ways – as a fine-spun tapestry of communal life torn apart but not forgotten. We drive to one of the Townships on the outskirts of the city. Apartheid policies disrupted all non-white population groups, distorted both rural and urban development and ensured hopeless overcrowding. Few houses were built. Sprawling satellite camps of seemingly endless shanties – makeshift structures of various materials – provide little more than a roof and some shelter. As we shall see, squatter settlements are seeking their own solutions as an economic necessity. Against all odds, township life prevails, in all its nuances. In the afternoon we head for Robben Island: Formerly a political prison and leper colony before that, this historic landmark was recently established as a museum and national monument. Experience the conditions of incarceration – view Nelson Mandela’s maximum-security prison cell (Cell 5) and see the lime quarries. In the one, hard labour was served, in the other prisoners discussed strategy, freedom and the future. Later, many would develop eye problems as a result of the sun’s reflection off the lime surfaces. This well-preserved landmark is a monument to the triumph of freedom, dignity and determination over humiliation and oppression. On Robben Island, visitors’ movements are restricted by regulation to the bus and the group’s guide. Tours of the island are conducted in large buses.  On return to the V & A Waterfront you will be escorted back to your hotel.
 

Cape Riviera & Whales Tour(full day)  

Operates:           

Daily: August – November only

Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.15-08.45

Duration:

Approx. 9 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.

Notes:

This is a private tour. Minimum 2 passengers.

August to November is usually the best time to see the Southern Right Whale in our waters. Hermanus’ Walker Bay is an ideal place for whale watching. These mammals, which often come as close to 50 meters from the shore, are given to displays of breaching, lobtailing, spyhopping and courtship rituals. Depart Cape Town via Elgin, which is the heart of the apple industry, en route to Hermanus, stopping at the Old Harbour Museum. As long ago as 1857, the Old Harbour at Hermanus Pietersfontein provided a rocky but safe shelter for the small fishing boats whose owners were drawn to Hermanus by the abundance and variety of fish. The Old Harbour was proclaimed a ‘Museum' in 1972.

We travel to the Hamilton Russell Vineyards established by Tim Hamilton Russell in 1981. He searched for and selected the most suitable “most southerly vineyards in the Cape” to produce South Africa’s top cool climate wines. This was of course in the cool, maritime Walker Bay area, in the beautiful Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. The new generation proprietor, Anthony Hamilton Russell, says he is more interested in soils. The team comes closer each year to realising the full quality potential of the Hamilton Russell Vineyards terroir. Take a scenic drive to the town of Kleinmond, for a visit to the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. This beautiful, secluded garden is set between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape fynbos region and encompasses 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos.  Situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest, the garden encompasses mountain slopes with their wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with their specialised salt-adapted plants. The garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools. The high twisting coastal road leading from Cape Hangklip to Gordon’s Bay is one of the most spectacular anywhere, and with its new coat of tarmac is an absolute pleasure to ride. Not only does this route offer wondrous vistas out to sea, across sweeping bays and vertically down into transparent sapphire shallows, it offers a perfect setting for the entrance to the “Riviera of the Cape”. After a day of scenic splendour, head to Cape Town, arriving back at the hotels at late afternoon.

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Hiking Table Mountain & City Tour     

Operates:           

Daily from central Cape Town hotels, pick-up approx. 09.00

Duration:

7 hours

Includes:

Transfers, Table Mountain Hike with specialist guide. Entrance fees.

Notes:

Minimum 2 passengers.

A splendid way to get to know the Cape Town – often referred to as the “Mother City”, starting with a hike on the geographical formation which guards her – Table Mountain.  The walk begins at the upper cable station and traverses the entire front table to Maclears Beacon – the highest point at 1087m. The walk returns via a different route providing a variety of vistas. The entire walk takes about 2 hours. Note: If the cable car is not operational on the day, and depending on clients’ fitness levels, the walk would be adapted accordingly. After lunch (for own account), explore the history, architecture and culture which makes Cape Town the colourful and vibrant city it is today. Visit the Malay Quarter, Company Gardens, The SA Museum and the Castle of Good Hope.
 

White Shark Cage Diving

Operates:           

Daily, weather permitting.  Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels approx. 05.00

Duration:

Approx. 8 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Cage Diving and meals as indicated.

Notes:

Diving certificate or diving experience not necessary.

The Great White Shark (Carcharodon Carcharias) is the most feared creature on the planet, beautifully streamlined to slip through the ocean with the minimum of effort. Its immense size, jet black eyes, row upon row of razor sharp teeth and extendable jaws make this the ultimate super predator and on this day, you get up close and personal!  You will be advised the previous day of the pick-up time, this will depend on the tides and weather forecast. Transfer to Gaansbaai, on arrival you will be served a delicious continental breakfast whilst discussing current sightings. Wet suits and equipment are supplied and you will get a briefing as well as a short talk on shark anatomy and behaviour.    You are now fully briefed on all procedures and the action begins as the crew 'chums' the cruise area and you wait with bated breath for your initial glimpse of the first shark fin. Sharks are usually wary at first and we wait a while for them to settle and then lower the dive cage. The first divers enter the cage (it takes 4 - 5 people) and you spend about 20 minutes face to face with the sharks!  The crew will work with individual sharks and you can enjoy topside viewing during your wait as shark activity is often close to the surface. Great Whites are also known for their 'spy hopping' - breaching right out of the water in pursuit of prey! Topside viewing can yield a lot of those action shots!  A light lunch is served on board, before returning to the harbour.  Back at the base you are treated to tea and scones, giving you a chance to regroup and share the day's experiences before the transfer back to Cape Town.  (B,L)

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Sea Kayaking & Cape Point Tour     

Operates:           

Daily from central Cape Town hotels, pick-up approx. 08.00

Duration:

9 hours

Includes:

Transfers, Simon’s Town sea-kayaking, Entrance fees, lunch & refreshments.

Notes:

Minimum 2 passengers.

There is no better way to experience the False Bay coastline other than a morning sea kayaking experience. Paddle past the civilian and Naval Harbour of Simon’s Town and out to Boulders Beach. The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. After visiting the penguin colony you stop (time and tide permitting) on a lovely semi-private beach for refreshments, swimming nd snorkeling (equipment provided). The latter part of the day includes visiting the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Travel via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Hout Bay, ending at your hotel in the late afternoon. (L)
 

Bo-Kaap Cooking      

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 08.30 - 09.00

Duration:

Half day  

Includes:

Transportation, District Six Museum; Cooking demonstration. Lunch.

Notes:

This is a private tour.   Minimum 2 passengers.

Our day starts with a visit to the District Six Museum which holds the memories of the residents of District 6 – an area on the edge of Cape Town where over 60 000 people were forcefully removed.  We then do a short panoramic tour through the city before we head through to the Bo-Kaap area.  The Bo-Kaap represents the only area in the city of Cape Town where the Cape Malay community were not forcefully removed.  It is a bright and colourful area that is one of the most photographed places in Cape Town.  We enjoy a walk around the area and visit Atlas spices (which is the main spice shop), as well as two community projects in the area, before heading into a home of one of the ladies in the area.  Here we have a lesson in how to prepare a meal that this community would eat on a daily basis. This gives you time to chat to the ladies, to learn about their culture and their cuisine. 

During your visit you will:

  • Be welcomed with a glass of faloodah – a traditional rose syrup and milk drink
  • Learn to make roti and Samoosas
  • Learn how to make a traditional Cape Malay curry.
  • Sit down and enjoy the food you have made
  • Enjoy an interesting cup of cardamom tea at the end of the meal
     

Cheese, Wine & Chocolate Tour

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 09.00

Duration:

Approx. 8 hrs  

Includes:

Transportation, Sightseeing, Entrance Fees, wine / cheese / chocolate tasting as per itinerary.

Notes:

This is a private tour.   Minimum 2 passengers.

Enjoy a day that celebrates the culinary delights of the Cape's oldest wine region.  Some of the day’s highlights are:

  • Cheese tasting at an estate that produces delicious premium cheeses
  • Chocolate tasting at a specialist shop in Franschhoek or on a wine estate that does chocolate and wine pairing. Please indicate at time of booking this tour whether you prefer to do the chocolate tasting in Franschhoek or on the wine estate as these need to be pre-booked!
  • Wine tasting at some of the Cape's top wine estates
  • A scenic meander through the picturesque wine regions of the Cape

As this is a private tour, your expert guide will match the estates visited according to your personal interests.  Late afternoon return to Cape Town.
 

Cape Malay Cooking with Cass Abrahams

Operates:           

Daily. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 09.00

Duration:

Half day  

Includes:

Transportation, Cooking demonstration. Lunch.

Notes:

This is a private tour.   Minimum 2 passengers.

The Cape Malay cuisine is the oldest cuisine of the Cape people.  It emerged from the Malay slaves who worked in the kitchens of their Dutch masters.  They could not resist adding some spice to the bland Dutch cuisine!  Today we join local “foodie” celebrity Cass Abrahams – the renowned authority on Cape Malay cuisine – for a talk and a cooking demonstration (or hands on cooking) in her home in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town.   (L)

Highlights:

  • Introduction by Cass Abrahams to the history of the Cape Malay people and the recipes that emerged from the blend of the eastern spices and Dutch cuisine.  Cass has spent many years researching the cuisine of her people; she obtained recipes from the old people in the community, dug into the archives and researched the history of her people and their cuisine. 
  • Cooking demonstration of typical Cape Malay dishes (tasting as you go along!).  Volunteers will be asked to come and assist with the cooking
  • Enjoying a relaxing lunch.


An Evening to Remember

Operates:           

Daily from central Cape Town hotels, pick-up approx. 19.00

Duration:

Approximately 3 – 4 hours

Includes:

Transfer hotel – restaurant – hotel; a 4-course dinner and show

Notes:

Also offered without transfers to/from restaurant.

Minimum 2 passengers.

Kaapse Stories – experience Cape Town’s humour, rhythm and songs. An all-round Cape experience with local artists, Cape humour and Cape Cuisine. Kaapse Stories from the Mother City” is an exciting vibrant new musical revue which offers a blend of humorous storytelling, powerful and emotional songs and likable performers unique only to Cape Town. Intimate and enchanting, the show allows the audience to get to know and meet the Kleintjies family whilst giving us an insight into a vigorous cosmopolitan community that thrived at the foot of Table Mountain in District Six. Enjoy traditional Cape dishes, as well as Western dishes. A glass of ‘bubbly’ starts the evening off, this is followed by a 4-course dinner and the acclaimed show. Highly recommended! (D)


Township Cooking    

Operates:           

Monday – Saturday. Pick-up from central Cape Town hotels 09.00 – 09.15

Duration:

Half day  

Includes:

Transportation, District Six Museum; Cooking demonstration. Lunch.

Notes:

This is a private tour. As meat is an integral part of African cuisine, this tour is not suitable for vegetarians.   Minimum 2 passengers.

We first visit District Six Museum:    District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the history of removals and marginalisation had begun.  The first to be 'resettled' were black South Africans, forcibly displaced from the District in 1901. As the more prosperous moved away to the suburbs, the area became the neglected ward of Cape Town.  In 1966, it was declared a white area under the Group areas Act of 1950, and by 1982, the life of the community was over. 60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers.  The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of these experiences and with the history of forced removals more generally.  We continue to Langa Township to cook at a small cookery school that provides the local residents with the skills needed to get jobs in the kitchens of the top hotels in Cape Town.  The students are not from privileged homes.  As such the fees charged cannot be very high.  Money needs to be raised in order to provide these kids with tuition, which is done through a variety of entrepreneurial ventures.  They have created a restaurant out of shipping containers.  Here they serve traditional African cuisine to the local community and to visitors.  This facility is also used to cater for functions in the local area, as well as for the cooking classes.  This brings much needed revenue into the school.  A visit to the school and restaurant is a unique opportunity for you to interact with a community initiative that is really working.  Here you learn about African and Xhosa culture and cuisine.  This is an opportunity to interact with the locals and also for you to leave your mark on your journey to Cape Town.  Your visit means that you are contributing in a small way to this project.  90% of the graduates secure a job. 

Highlights:

  • A welcome drink of ginger beer and a talk on African cuisine and culture
  • Hands-on cooking lesson where you learn to cook dishes like pap (similar to polenta), chakalaka, samp and a typical meat stew
  • Enjoy the dishes you have prepared in the schools restaurant and have the opportunity to taste a few other dishes that have been prepared in the restaurant