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Vamos Township Tours
Ranked #39 of 331 Tours in Cape Town Central
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Owner description: Vamos is deeply embedded in the Langa Township through its ownership (Siviwe), tour guides (Siviwe, Nathi, Gladstone, Abosh), and community involvement (Happy Feet Youth Project). Touring with Vamos is like being a guest in our neighbourhood! We live here, this is our home and you are our special guest.Our experiences too, are different. We take smaller groups on interactive walking or cycling tours around Langa. We visit friends in their homes and shacks, we hear their stories, we show you their businesses, we share traditional Xhosa beer, we smell sidewalk barbecues, (taste if you'd like), visit shebeens and spaza stores. We want to share with you, a slice of life in the townships.On weekday mornings, your tour will include a meal, usually a barbecue at the well-known Mzoli's in Guguletu. Our afternoon tours include a visit to the Happy Feet Youth Project. On Sundays, we include a visit to a Gospel Church. The unexpected thing about a tour with Vamos, is that most guests come away feeling positive and inspired. Our tours are not about poverty .... yes you will see signs of poverty, but rather our tours are about people and how they are lifting themselves out of their poverty. Positive, resilient, hopeful people who are friendly, welcoming and proud of their culture and history.
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Amazing!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Truly a once in a lifetime experience. My wife and I came here on our honeymoon, having booked last minute. We wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Gladstone was an amazing tour guide.

Visited May 2014
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“Amazing!!!! The Real Cape Town Experience”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

My Wife and I took this tour after doing much of the the Vineyards and the usual tours around the beaches. We were so glad that other reviewers shared that Vamos guides are terrific and the Langa Township visit is a must do! It focuses on the history the tribes the culture and also what they have that keeps them together - thier communitiy. They are proud people and more than welcoming to have you visit. This is not a tour that your supposed to go and look down upon them - but actually you copme out with a heartening experience that most things in the western world are materilaistic and actually most of their way of life is centred about communication and enjoyment of life.. You will meet a wide variety of people from entrepreneurs who demonstrate the true meaning of small businesses to family members and children enjoying life and caring for each other. They have a strong sense of who they are and they know that they are not the weathliest people in Cape Town and by no way am I discounting that the poverty is profound but the spirit of the people in this Township is AMAZING. If you choose this tour, then choose Vamos. The visit to the community was intimate and Siviwe, our wonderful "Langa ambassador" was passionate and ver knowledgable about life in Langa and South Africa. We saw local businesses, homes, a cultural center with a chance to buy art and craft from Africa that is 25% of the price than you will have at the airport and belive me - a lot better You are safe when you are with Vamos and Siviwe as he knows everbody in the Township and everybody knows him. Amazing day. We loved it.

Visited May 2014
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Laguna Hills, CA
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“You need to go!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

In my opinion, no trip to South Africa would be complete without getting a sense of township life. Siviwe did an excellent job of giving us a personal, balanced, and unsensationalized view of day-to-day life in a township. Vamos does a nice job with small group sizes and transfer from local hotels. Garth was very responsive helping us plan our visit. Take the option to go to Mzoli's for lunch. Excellent braai and you get to see a bit of other townships. Bring cash to pay for the tour and gratuity, plus a little extra to help support the economy at the cultural center, where there are high quality locally made crafts and artwork available.

Visited May 2014
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California
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“Do.This.Visit!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I was pretty nervous about taking this tour after everything I read about how unsafe the townships are. I am so glad that other reviewers shared that Vamos guides are terrific and the Langa Township visit is a must do! It would be easy to focus on what the people living in Langa don't have - but instead I will focus on what they do have. They are a community. They are entrepreneurs who demonstrate the true meaning of small business. They have a strong sense of who they are and what it means to be from Langa. I'm not discounting the fact that the poverty is profound here, but the spirit of the people in this Township is anything but poor. More about Vamos. You need to choose this company. The visit to the community was intimate and Siviwe, our wonderful "Langa ambassador" was passionate and ver knowledgable about life in Langa and South Africa. We saw local businesses, homes, a cultural center (bring some cash - you will want to shop), and finished the visit with a delicious BBQ at Mzolis. For those of you who are like me...a little worried about being safe...do not worry! You are safe when you are with Vamos. Amazing day. We loved it.

Visited May 2014
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Prescott, Arizona
1 review
“Bicycle Tour with Thando is a Must!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

What stands out to me the most from visiting Cape Town for the first time is doing a bike tour in the Langa township with Thando as our guide. While he led us through the community on bicycles, we realized that what was supposed to be a two hour tour extended into three hours, and we could have easily spent much more time there. We met Simon, a local artist with an array of handmade paintings, jewelry, journals, and other trinkets for sale, and by purchasing them, you know you are directly supporting the township. We did the tour on a Saturday; had we visited on a weekday, we may have seen the Happy Feet Youth Project. Thank you, Thando, for a truly memorable experience.

Visited May 2014
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