One of the best ways to embrace South Africa’s vibrant cultures and traditions is by experiencing them first-hand. The heart of many townships lie within the unique people who reside within them, and Garden Route Township Tours are not only eye-opening but very impactful and truly inspiring. Township Tours are able to shed light on the countries turbulent political past, revealing the strength and beauty of local people who form these loving communities.
The magnificent South Africa’s Garden Route showcases the unique splendour of the South-Eastern Coastline and welcomes guests to enjoy a range of attractions and endless natural beauty during their stay. At Hello Garden Route, we are experts in accommodation and will gladly assist you in booking your dream stay. Whether you’re a local or tourist visiting this stunning destination, Township Tours are a fascinating way to learn more about South Africa through meaningful experiences and interactions. Our team are sharing a selection of Township Tours in the Garden Route with you, to add to your vacation itinerary.
Emzini Tours, Knysna
Make lasting memories and meet incredible South African locals on the Emzini Township Tour, which takes you from Knysna Waterfront to this welcoming Knysna based township. Described as emotional, informative and uplifting, this popular tour engages guests from start to finish and includes the option of a new Treasure Trail Tour or an engaging Adventure Games Tour where guests can partake in activities like soccer with the local township kids or learn traditional dances with the guidance of rhythmic township residents. Emzini Tours have been in operation for 12 years and conducts tours every day, which allows guests to meet and greet local township shop owners and many of the children who play outside or attend the pre-school. Every precaution is put in place to ensure the safety and health of all who partake in this tour, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn Xhosa phrases and be taught how to drum, take in fascinating stories and share in the joy of this local community. The wonderful tour group at Emzini Tours in Knysna gives back to this inspiring community in many ways, even supporting their own safe house for abused children.
Rastafarian Culture Tour, Knysna
Situated in the Khayalethu Township just a short drive out of Knysna, the Judah Square Rastafarian Village is home to South Africa’s largest community of Rastafarians. With breathtaking views of Knysna’s lagoon and a welcoming community of more than 30 families who embrace the ideals, customs and characteristics of the Rastafarian tradition, this amazing township tour will fill you with joy, hope and insight. While enjoying a guided walking tour through the village, you will meet friendly locals and learn more about the beliefs of this religious group as well as Knysna’s rich and multifaceted heritage.
Some of the tour highlights include visiting the local Rastafarian tabernacle, a holistic healing centre and the township’s community centre. For an experience that you won’t easily forget, choose to sit down with a Rasta family for a delicious home cooked meal where you can have in-depth conversations with amazing people. The funds raised by these unique and memorable Rastafarian Culture Tours are used to assist the community, in building much needed facilities for its residents.
Qolweni Community Township Tours, Tsitsikamma
Surrounded by outstanding views of the Tsitsikamma mountains and building up a community that is truly inspiring, the Qolweni Community Township Tour is a very insightful and enjoyable one. By introducing guests to a lovely Xhosa community and shedding light on their way of living, travellers are able to gain perspective and understanding through memorable first-hand encounters. Learn about the tribal culture and Xhosa history from friendly locals who are eager to share, meet joyous children from the township’s Siyakhula crèche and be enchanted by their musical performances and compelling excitement for life. The settlement’s Umthombo Theatre Group are also available (if requested) to perform traditional dances while their choir are renowned for showcasing incredible talents through captivating song.
The Qolweni Community Development Trust, together with Ocean Blue Adventures in Plettenberg Bay, host these personal, insightful and authentic tours, which are led by local tour guides who resides within the community, who have captivating stories of their own to share.
At Hello Garden Route, our team of accommodation experts welcome you to experience an amazing and unforgettable holiday stay. We offer a range of accommodation types to suit all travellers and their diverse needs in lovely Garden Route towns including Sedgefield, Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. If you’re visiting for this year’s holiday season, book your Garden Route December Holiday Accommodation with us!
During your stay, some attractions and activities you can look forward to include Horse Riding in the Garden Route and discoveries of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area. In summer, Golf in the Garden Route offers travellers an amazing opportunity to play on some of the best golf courses the country has to offer.