Cape Town: From Colonialism to Democracy

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Rubin
Quality Verified Registered on September 12, 2023

Hi. My name is Rubin Isaacs, born and raised in Cape Town all my life. I am an authentic qualified registered Culture tourguide in my city. I have a passion to travel and has been traveling to different countries over the last 20 years. Having traveled to many countries, I can honestly agree that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. I always get excited when I do walking tours in my city, sharing her history and culture with visiting tourists.

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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

Welcome to Cape Town!

Internationally recognized and accordingly awarded as one of the world's top Tourist Destination. The city is rich in culture, diversity and breathtaking beauty.

Cape Town has the awesome Table Mountain acknowledged as one of the seven natural wonders of the world and 39 beaches of which ten has been awarded the international Blue Flag status.

My tour starts at Green Market Square, a place with so much history that will give my visitors an insight of the early colonial development of South Africa.

My tour leads you on to the Castle of Good Hope,  the oldest existing colonial structure in South Africa where the first Settlers arrived, then the majestically structured Edwardian styled building of our City Hall under the rulership of British Monarchy of the earlier nineteenth century. And much more.

When next you plan to visit Cape Town, South Africa, I am more than happy to show you my city with all her beauty and history.

You'll get to know about the beautiful history of Cape Town from Colonialism to Democracy, from Apartheid to freedom and also getting to taste the unique tastes of our diverse cuisines.

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What will we visit on this tour?

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    36 Burg St, Cape Town City Centre, Ca...
    36 Burg St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
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    I will be at the entrance to the Mesopotamia Kurdish Restaurant in Burg Street Cape Town.

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    Outside visit
    Green Market Square

    Green Market Square founded in 1760 was the place where local farmers would sell their produce to passing ships, also where the enslaved would be auctioned. The first municipal administrative building, namely the Old Town House built in 1755 is located. Also the place where one of the biggest anti-apartheid protests were held. The beautiful historic Gothic styled Methodist Church is located. Entrance is free.

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    Outside visit
    St George's Mall

    Once a busy street, St George’s Mall is now a pedestrian walk through in the city centre. For tourists it is a wonderful place to shop, with informal traders selling evering thing from African art, and curio shops and coffee shops. Also an original segment of the Berlin Wall which tells a similar story of South Africa from oppression to freedom.Entrance is free.

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    Outside visit
    Castle of Good Hope

    The Castle of Good Hope is a Pentagonal styled Fort, built by the Dutch Settlers who arrived in the Cape in 1652. The Castle is known to be the oldest surviving building in South Africa. It's been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape since 1679 when the Castle was completed. This historical building now houses the Castle Military Museum and also the William Fehr Art collection. There is a fee if any person wishes to visit the Museum and art collection.

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    Outside visit
    District Six Museum

    District Six is one of CapeTown's well known communities. During the apartheid regime of South Africa when laws was pass to segregate and categorize the people of South Africa in different race classes, District six was one the communities in our history where the entire community was forcibly removed and houses flattened to the ground and people were forced to relocate.

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    Outside visit
    Iziko Slave Lodge

    The Slave Lodge is the 2nd oldest building in Capetown. This was where the enslaved of the Cape Colony was held during colonial times. The slogan of the museum tells a very complex story: From Human wrongs to Himan rights. The enslaved of South Africa played a very pivotal and important part in shaping society in our country.

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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sona 13 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
We had a great time, I appreacite expecially that Rubin was really native Cape town citizen, it was that great he shared also personal experiences, as well as a lot of historical facts. Thanks a lot, Rubin!
Eva Mattes 01 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
The tour was outstanding - thanks to our awesome guide. It was very informative but also just so great to get to know Rubin and his story. Thank you!
Emilija 27 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Rubin has a great knowledge of the history and the tradition of the town, as a local. We really enjoyed being in his company during the walk through the town and his pleasant personality. Rubin had lot to share with us about Cape Town from what he has learned, and from his personal life experience, he took us through great time journey.... Thank you Rubin for the great time and experience!
Tom 18 Mar 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
Es war eine tolle Tour. Rubin hat sehr viel Fachwissen, was er gerne mit einem Teil. Für Leute, die nicht gerne Geschichte mögen, könnte es etwas zu viel sein, aber für alle anderen ist es eine spannende und interessante Tour. Sie ist super für den ersten Tag, um erstmal einen Überblick über das Land und die Stadt zu bekommen.
Albert 18 Mar 2024

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Travelled in couple - Mar 2024
Great learning experience from a local. Highly recommended
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 20 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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