Private OR Group tours only
Type of tour: Walking Tour
- Get insight into the indigenous history of the city
- Meet key historic figures such as Massavana, Cissie Gool, Steve Biko, and Imam Haron
- Visit the District Six Museum and the Slave Lodge
- Any entrance fees
- English speaking guide
- Mineral water
- Discretionary tips
- Hotel collections and drop-offs
Best suited for
- Travelers looking for insights into Cape Town’s social and political history
- Lovers of history and walking
- Those wanting a short but strong overview of the city’s origins and political history
Looking for a private tour?
Book our City Tour of Cape Town
Cape Town’s origins as a city are in fresh water.
The indigenous name for the city is Camissa, which means the Place of Sweet Waters. Cape Town is the only fresh water source between Mossel Bay, about 4 hours up the East Coast, and Saldanha Bay, two hours up on the West Coast.
Fresh water drew the indigenous Khoekhoe people here, and it is the reason that the Dutch established a colony much later. As Cape Town’s Day Zero drought fiasco in 2018 showed, this is still a city that is very much about water.
Go deeper on our Revolution Route
Our walking tour begins with explorations in the city’s water origins, and proceeds through indigenous, colonial and apartheid eras, before explorations in post-apartheid democracy through to present times. The District Six Museum and Slave Lodge feature.
Guests are introduced to key figures from these periods including Cissie Gool, Steve Biko, Imam Haron, Philip Kgosana, Kratoa, Massavana and of course Nelson Mandela and Winnie Mandela. Part of the tour focuses on Nelson Mandela’s first speech as a free man, at City Hall.