Historical City Walking Tour of Cape Town

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Quality Verified Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day Guru Walkers, Welcome and thank you for reaching us. 😃 Our guests have reviewed us to be the top rated GuruWalk tour operator in Cape Town and South Africa 🇿🇦. They also highly recommend us as well. In fact, we are the first GuruWalk operator in Southern Africa to reach over 100 and then 200 reviews with mostly 5 🌟 ratings. For your convenience, we have the most scheduled tours per week. My name is Michael and I am a professional registered Regional and Provincial Cultural Tourist Guide (WC12125), as well as a registered National Overnight Off Trail Mountain Adventure Trekking Tourist Guide. I was born in Cape Town and married to Bridget. She is a professional registered Cultural Tourist Guide (WC12124) as well. Together we have worked and travelled throughout South Africa, as well as in many other countries around the world. We also enjoy membership with the Cape Tourist Guide's Association. My uncle (who is still alive today) was the neighbour of Nelson Mandela when he spent almost 7 years in the jail cell right next door to Madiba, as a political prisoner on Robben Island. For more about this, you may want to book our "Oppression and Apartheid to Liberation" walking tour. We also conduct tours all across South Africa, including Sightseeing Tours, Hiking Tours, Rock Art Tours, Safaris, Adventure Tours, Wine Tours, National Parks, and more.

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  • 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

All our tours are conducted in English.
We have 7 walking tours, each one of them focusing on a different topic and subject. Please make sure that the tour you intend to book is one that suits your interest.

Historical Tour of Cape Town

"Secret places . . . we'll take you there"

*Child friendly*


  • Khoikhoi people
  • 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 start the tour at Heritage.

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.

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 at Greenmarket Square where one can enjoy refreshments at a restaurant in the area.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Cen...
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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    Please meet the guide outside on the pavement at Jerry's Burger Bar opposite Heritage Square.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Jerry's Burger Bar Heritage Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Green Market Square
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Adderley Street Flower Market
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Cape Town City Hall
  • 5
    Outside visit
    St Georges Mall

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

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Mario 22 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Michael has one focus, aggressively demand payment. If you want a bully for a guide than get him, otherwise you have been warned. DO NOT USE HIM!
Silvia 18 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Michael was very knowledgeable and engaging. We enjoyed the tour very much☺️
Ariana 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
I have been on many Guruwalks in different countries and continents, but this was one of the best. Bridget told me so many interesting things in her friendly manner that I now understand the city better. She also gave me lots of tips for excursions, restaurants and also about safety as a solo female traveler. Thank you Bridget!
Luka 09 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Michael is a great guide. We learned a lot about Cape Town's history. It was exciting.
Benedetta 22 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Great tour, great guide, highly recommended 👌 👍 😀 👏
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
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.
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