A look at the picturesque 'Malay Quarter', a living cultural museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. You will discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa's development on this Cape Town day tour.
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. You will 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 finespun tapestry of communal life torn apart but not forgotten.
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 you shall see, squatter settlements are seeking their own solutions as an economic necessity. Against all odds, township life prevails, in all its nuances.
As guests of local community workers, you will take a walk through a vibrant black community with all its different social strata. Langa is Cape Town's oldest formal black township. You will have the opportunity to talk to people and try the traditional African sorghum beer and ginger beer at the 'spaza' (a small township shop) or the 'shebeen' (tavern) on your Cape Town day tour. Witness the work in progress as hundreds of squatters, with the help of state grants, are setting about building their own brick homes.
The V&A Waterfront offers a great variety of food, and take-aways may be bought on the ferry to Robben Island. The ferry departs at 14:00pm from the Clock Tower Terminal, V&A Waterfront. (Visitors should be here at 13:30pm.)
Formerly a political prison and leper colony, before that, this historic landmark was recently established as a museum and national monument. On this leg of your Cape Town day tour you will 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, may 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. Tour of the island are conducted in large buses. On return to the V&A Waterfront you will be escorted back to your hotel, where your Cape Town day tour will come to an end.
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