SCHEDULED HALF DAY CULTURAL ROBBEN ISLAND (accompanied) & PRIVATE HALF DAY NEW HOPE TOWNSHIP TOUR
TOUR CODE: FE01
√ Visit the historic prison of Robben Island, which for some 450 years incarcerated convicts, slaves, exiled Eastern princes, lepers, the insane and political prisoners including Nelson Mandela (weather permitting).
√ View the historical impact of racial segregation during the Apartheid era.
√ Explore the rich history and culture of the local townships.
√ Visit community programmes, dedicated to uplifting the lives of the local people.
We depart from Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront by ferry for a 25-minute trip across Table Bay to Robben Island. This World Heritage Site, and South Africa's most revered national monument, was once a prison. We return to the Waterfront.
Enjoy lunch at a local a la carte restaurant before continuing to District Six, a once vibrant city suburb that today stands empty due to the forced removal of some 60 000 residents and the demolition of their homes during the Apartheid era.
Drive across the Cape Flats, where the non-white inhabitants of District Six and other areas were placed, segregated by colour, religion and ethnicity. We then meet an inspiring resident, Vivian Zilo, who established the Iliso Care Society in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats in June 2005 with the objectives of fighting poverty, encouraging community empowerment, organising youth workshops and providing safety and care for orphans, vulnerable children and the elderly.
Return to your hotel via Langa, to view the impacts of racial segregation under Apartheid, as well as new housing developments having a positive effect on the lives of many township residents.
NB. The tour may run in reverse to accommodate the weather.
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