Oppression and Apartheid to Liberation and Corruption Walking Tour

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Michael
Quality Verified Registered on April 06, 2022

Good day Guru Walkers, Welcome and thank you for reaching us. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Our guests have reviewed us to be the top rated GuruWalk tour operator in Cape Town and South Africa ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ. 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 ๐ŸŒŸ 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

Oppression and Apartheid to Liberation and Corruption walk
"Secret places . . . we'll take you there"

This is a tour in which we focus on politics only, and the way in which it has influenced the shaping of Cape Town and South Africa.
Should you wish to learn more about other aspects from the past, we recommend our Historical City Walking Tour.


  • Khoikhoi people
  • Slave history
  • Apartheid
  • Race classification
  • Segregation
  • Nelson Mandela & Political prisoners
  • Religious prisoners
  • Forced labour
  • Group areas act
  • Forced removals
  • Places of interest
  • Buildings
  • Architecture
  • Statues
  • Streets
  • Works of art
  • Artefacts
  • People
  • Cultural heritage
  • Public squares and open spaces
  • Churches
  • National monuments
  • Sites of significance
  • Memorials and more

Join us for a walk to learn about the details that certain sectors would rather not have on record in our history books.

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

We'll start the tour at Heritage Square.

Oppression in Southern Africa was practiced long before European settlers arrived in 1652.

The dark side of the Cape Colony has to be the system of slavery.
Later on, the Bantu people who migrated from Central Africa and settled along the eastern section of Southern Africa, suffered a unique and harsh kind of oppression and abuse.
After the policy of apartheid was officially introduced, South Africa experienced a very troublesome era in it's history with the systematic segregation and separateness.
As a result, there was resistance that included the armed struggle, terrorism, smuggling, boycotts, sanctions and people going into exile.

You'll have an opportunity learn more about how these practices impacted the mixed race people of this region.ย 

The evil system of apartheid was perpetuated by the assistance of various international countries and organizations who supported the racist policies of the the National Party.

The influence of leaders like Nelson Mandela was able to achieve the birth of the New South Africa whereby freedom for all is possible.ย  As a result, the country could open up to the world and this includes welcoming millions of visitors to our beautiful city year after year.ย 

We are ready to welcome you!

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  • Meeting point:
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Cen...
    98 Shortmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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    Please meet the guide outside on the pavement at Jerry's Burger Bar opposite Heritage Square.

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 โ‚ฌ10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Tuula 24 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Very informative and engaging stories of the troublesome past.
Christine 15 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
He's an excellent guide!
Max van 21 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Very informative and friendly host. Really enjoyed the walk!
Catharina 20 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Michael was an exceptional Guide who informed about the historic events in a very unique way @ offered a distinctive view towards Apartheid & the colonial history of South Africa! We can highly recommend the tour if you are interested in deep historical background info & getting to know a little more than the average tourist guided tour.
Andrea 19 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Really insightful tour from Michael who gave us a peek into his experience growing up and coming of age through major historical moments in South Africa, as well as some of the history from farther back. Even 5 hours wouldn't be enough to cover all of the information, but the tour placed things into context and made us hungry for more information and knowledge. Enjoyable to hear Michael's perspective with the backdrop of Cape Town.
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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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