We commence the morning with a visit to the area of Zonnebloem on the eastern fringe of the city, which was District Six and visit the living museum. The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally. With the struggle for the land now taking a different form (of the logistics, legalities and bureaucratic mechanisms of RETURN which are no longer pitted against apartheid) the museum is now bound to support the process of 'reinventing' District Six for the present.
We then head past the Grand Parade and city hall into the central business district of the city precinct and stop outside the St George’s Cathedral. The heritage significance of the building lies not just with the building itself but also the intangible heritage associated with the actions of different clergymen involved in the church which led to the church being known as the "people's cathedral". It was from there that Desmond Tutu, the first black archbishop of South Africa, led a mass demonstration of 30 000 people to Grand Parade in 1989, and coined the phrase ‘rainbow people’ to describe South Africa’s diverse population.
From here we head west into the area called Bo-Kaap – a historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery and is a living cultural museum and home to the oldest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. We discover the unique culture, lifestyle and personality of the Cape Muslim community and their contribution to South Africa’s development on our walk through this suburb which concludes with a stop at Bo-Kaap Kombuis(Kitchen) for some light refreshments (to own account) and spectacular views over the Mother City and of Table Mountain.
Around 12h30 your tour will arrive at the Nelson Mandela Gateway & Museum, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Check in for your ferry trip across the bay to Robben Island for a guided tour of the island as well as a tour of the prison by an ex in-mate. The tour ends upon return at 18h00.
Please note: A half day Walk to Freedom Sunday Tour is available (exludes Nelson Mandela Gateway & Museum and ferry trip to Robben Island):
Duration: 4,5 hours
District Six Museum