A lot of our Cape Town Township Tours start at the District Six museum in the city centre. This visit is essential in creating an understanding of how the poor areas developed. The district is located between the older historical part of the city & the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront of South Africa.

District Six Museum

Cape Town Township Tours in South Africa

District Six Museum

The sixth district of Cape Town was a very rundown area inhabited by thousands of dark-skinned South Africans. Despite the poverty, the inhabitants liked living there. There was a zest for life and there were musicians on every corner.

Housed in an old missionary church, today’s District Six Museum seeks to retain the spirit of that time with historic images and many old street signs. A variety of books are offered for sale in a small shop so that you can find out more about the great injustices that were done. During our township tours you will learn more about the history of apartheid and the prejudicial politics of that time. The following picture shows a suitcase. These items were allowed to be taken during the eviction!

Of course, you can also visit the museum without booking a tour with us. There is a small entrance fee.

Opening times:

  • Mo – Sa 10:00 to 16:00
  • Minimum of 10 persons for guided tours
  • Address: Corner of Buitenkant and Albertus Street
  • Tel: 021 / 461 87 45

Background and History

Most of the inhabitants of the sixth district lived on the edge of the city centre and were simple, lower-income folk. They were unable to afford renovations to the historical buildings. In part, the buildings were attractive, but the plaster was peeling and a coat of paint was not something everyone could afford.

The district was a thorn in the side of the South African politicians who decided to flatten the area. A forced relocation was ordered and the district was advertised as a pure white area. The ordinance was passed as a law and the first relocation took place in 1901. Thereafter, the district was declared a residential area for white people based on the Group Area Act.

By law it was decreed that all ethnic groups be separated throughout South Africa. Blacks, mixed race, Asians, Indians and whites had to live in separate areas.

In total, more than 60,000 Cape Town residents were relocated from this district to other areas. The law was severe, because 3.5 million people in South Africa were banned to the townships that still exist today.

24 months were planned for the demolition of District Six. A million rand was estimated for the flattening, but 24 million rand was spent!

If you are planning a sightseeing tour you can walk through and explore the area. Only churches and mosques were spared from demolition.

If you visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, you are walking on historical ground, because it was built on the rubble of the district.

If you would like to do a township tour with us, we look forward to your inquiry.

Your Cape Town Township Tours Team

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