South Africa holidays
This is a superb opportunity to learn about communities not always encountered within the city itself. Begin at the colourful Bo- Kaap, home to the Malay community and one of the oldest residential areas in the city. Continue to District Six, once a vibrant neighbourhood before forced removals under the apartheid-era Group Areas Act of the 1970s turned it into a wasteland. The museum here makes for interesting viewing. Carry on to one of the townships created specifically for black South Africans under apartheid. Join local community workers on a walk through the township, meeting many friendly faces en route and also seeing the changes being brought about here with the advent of the new South Africa. Stop at one of the many successful projects operated by uThando, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the regeneration of communities. Return to the city and board a ferry to Robben Island, where you will be guided (on a shared basis) by a former inmate, who will give a personal and often moving account of time spent there. You will also learn about the island's legendary prisoner, Nelson Mandela, and see the cell where he spent nearly 27 years of his life. Return to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. This excursion can be taken on a private basis (except Robben Island) or as a scheduled group tour.