Free Historical Walking Tour of Cape Town

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day, My name is Michael and I am a registered Regional and Provincial Cultural Tour Guide, as well as a registered Overnight Off Trail Mountain Adventure Tour Guide. I was born in Cape Town and married with one daughter. I have worked and travelled throughout South Africa, as well as in many countries in Europe. We also do tours all over South Africa including Rock Art Tours, Safaris, Adventure Tours, Wine Tours, National Parks, and more.

Show more
  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Historical Tour of Cape Town
"Secret places . . . we'll take you there"

*Child friendly*


  • Places of interest
  • Buildings
  • Architecture
  • Statues
  • Streets
  • Works of art
  • Ruins
  • Artefacts
  • Plants and flowers
  • People
  • Cultural heritage
  • Public squares and open spaces
  • Churches
  • National monuments
  • Sites of significance
  • Memorials and more

Join us for a historical overview of Cape Town.

 All our tours are based on proper research and facts, and the information shared is not meant to be disrespectful to anyone's   gender,  country, religion, ethnicity, culture, ancestors, place of origin, political persuasion, traditions or practices.

We'll touch on how and why the Cape of Good Hope came about. Going on to be the first Europeans to reach our shores. From the Portuguese to the first and second Dutch periods, to the first and second British periods, to the Apartheid era, and finally the New South Africa.

We'll start the tour at St. Georges Mall (which is like the Las Ramblas in Barcelona Spain)

We'll move on to Greenmarket Square where you'll learn and see how the naturally available rock was used in the construction of buildings and other features.

Since Cape Town was the first place in Southern Africa to be developed into a city, most of the old buildings were the first of it's kind in the African Sub continent. Like the first, Government, hospital, church, police station, fire station, banks, cathedral, jail and many more other buildings.
We touch on the Flower Market and how it came about.
Visit the ruins of the oldest structure that was built by Europeans in Southern Africa.
See artifacts that were unearthed during the construction of modern buildings, and how first world influences can be seen in the architecture of structures and buildings as well.
The British influence is quite apparent in the streets, and even see where the reigning Queen Elizabeth II of England celebrated her 21st birthday.
The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building (still in use) in Southern Africa. Guests will get a sense of how life in the settlement of the Cape was almost 400 years ago.

The tour finishes back at Greenmarket Square where one can enjoy refreshments at a restaurant in the area.

Service ends

We are ready to welcome you!

Show more
  • Meeting point:
    101 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City C...
    101 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

29 ratings
By category
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star
Arash 24 May 2023

Verified booking
Travelled in group - May 2023
Really enjoyable and informative
Maureen 15 May 2023

Verified booking
Travelled in couple - May 2023
Michael delivered - interesting facts about Cape Town and South Africa! We learned a lot.
Vale... 13 May 2023

Verified booking
Travelled alone - May 2023
Thanks a lot to Michael! Interesting tour, good route and special thanks for making it happen as no one else from the group showed up this windy day!:)
Natalia 11 May 2023

Verified booking
Travelled in couple - May 2023
Excellent tour!! We learned a lot of things that we wouldn’t have learned alone.
Laura 29 Apr 2023

Verified booking
Travelled alone - Apr 2023
Really great experience, very educational and lots of personal stories made it tangible which was very nice. Good mix of historical and current info and context.
Show 29 reviews

Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
When do you want to go?
Show more
See availability