Walk to Freedom
Robben Island | Bokaap | Slave Lodge | District Six
Walk to Freedom
South Africa’s culture and history are found in every corner of the Mother City. From the dark days of Apartheid to the democratic freedoms enjoyed today, Cape Town has been at the forefront of it all.
What to expect:
- Collection: 08:00 am from Cape Town based hotel.
- We start the day with a visit to Robben Island (weather dependant), a South African National Heritage Site as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A ferry will take us across the bay to the infamous maximum-security prison that once housed various political prisoners including Nelson Mandela. From the 17th to the 20th centuries, Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today the site serves as a museum and a poignant reminder of the price paid for freedom. The excursion includes a return ferry to the island, a bus tour on the island and a guided tour of the prison by an ex-political prisoner.
- Upon return we will continue to the Bo-Kaap area. Formerly known as Malay Quarter, this picturesque corner of the city is renowned for its collection of colourful houses and cobblestone streets, it is the place where the Muslim community and many of the slaves were freed after the abolition of slavery in 1834.
- We continue our journey to the historical Slave Lodge which is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. Built in 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, the building was initially used as housing for over 9000 slaves, convicts and the mentally ill up until the early 1800s when the building was converted into government offices. Today the historical building houses an array of exhibits that address the controversial and deeply ingrained history of slavery in South Africa.
- Our next stop will be at Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa. Built between 1666-1679 as a marine refuelling shop by the Dutch colonizers.
- We finalize our tour at the District Six Museum.Built in 1994 on the remains of an old Methodist church, it depicts memories of the forced movement of the community of District Six and the suffering of 60,000 inhabitants of various races during Apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s.
From ZAR 1650 /pp
Duration: Full day (8 Hours)
Includes: Professional guide in Spanish, Robben island return tickets, all entrance fees applicable to the itinerary + beverages and snacks + transfers to and from hotel.