The island was first used as a prison in the 17th Century, has been a wailing station and a leper colony but is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It was the prison in which Nelson Mandela and many other black political dissidents were incarcerated from the 1960s. The half-day prison tour, which departs from the V&A Waterfront, is highly recommended to all visitors to the city.
District Six Museum
District Six provides a stark reminder of the city and country’s period of racial segregation and forced removals in support of the apartheid ideology. The tour will take you through the area that was District Six and concludes at the Museum which is housed in a church which was central to the community’s fight against the apartheid government.
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle is the oldest colonial structure (built 1666-79) in South Africa and the world’s best example of a Dutch East India Company fort, and is immediately adjacent to the site of Mandela’s first speech as a free man after his release in 1990.
Langa and Woodstock Street Art Tour
The street art tour details how hip-hop music evolved from the New York, San Francisco and Berlin into a SA genre and will also cover the works of local street artists such as Falko, Faith47, Zeebo and Breeze and will give insights into their content and interpretation.
This is the best way to ‘take in’ the scenic Cape Town coastline and takes visitors along the Atlantic Seaboard via Hout Bay to Cape Point, returning along the False Bay coast. The tour can include any or all of the element of the city.
Seal Island Cruise
The 45-minute cruise takes groups into the bay below the iconic Sentinel and provides stunning views of Chapman’s Peak drive and affords close-up views of the Duiker Island seal colony which is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals.
Boulders Beach at Seaforth is a unique penguin colony adjacent to a residential area (Simonstown). The tour provides information on how the African Penguins’ name changed and how they came to be resident in this part of the bay.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point is the southern-most part of the Table Mountain National Park (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) and home to hundreds of bird species, but the area is most famous for being the home of the Cape Fynbos which only occurs in South Africa.