Township Tours

If you’re a traveler seeking to make meaningful impact in the lives of people you meet; then consider booking a Roots of South Africa Tour powered by Township Roots and Influence Tours.

Roots of South Africa is a unique township tour that goes beyond sight-seeing and photo-taking as it encourages travelers to engage with South African history (Apartheid legacy), Xhosa and Coloured people culture, unique indigenous traditions and ceremonies, resilience of township people (who continue to be the face of poverty) and interaction with the future leaders of South Africa (primary school learners participating in Township Roots activities).

Tour Details

We begin the tour at Langa (the oldest township in Cape Town) where we learn the history of township establishment in Cape Town. We discuss in-depth the impact and legacy of apartheid in South Africa and we explore the culture of the 2-dominant race in Cape Town (Xhosa and Coloured people).  We then interact with Township Roots children at one of the schools in Philippi community where the travelers get a rare opportunity of engaging with children in real-time, in a child friendly environment where games, singing, dancing and discussions happen. We then allow our clients the opportunity to elect an activity between (shack home visit, traditional healer or food gardening project led by old Mamas in Philippi).Our last stop is a visit to Phillippi Village where we learn more about future development plans of Phillippi for small enterprises. We then seat at African Café for a drink or coffee to reflect on the tour. Here clients can eat anything from African cuisine such as Umngqusho, pap, chakalaka etc. It’s a tour where you get the opportunity to meet people and engage in a meaningful way. It will afford you an opportunity to understand South Africa’s townships better in a respectful manner.

Tour Prices

  • Without transportation: R 450 pp
  • With transportation: R 400 for transport + R 300 pp





The “Roots of South Africa Tour” is put together by Township Roots, with support from Influence Tours (Swedish based tour company) and together with the people in the townships of Philippi and Nyanga. This tour is a torch at the end of a long dark tunnel for township people.


By booking a Roots of South Africa Tour you are helping Township Roots to mentor and tutor a child in Nyanga, Cape Town.