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Footsteps to Freedom Tours

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Address: Lobby Taj Hotel, corner Wale St and St George's Mall, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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+27 83 452 1112

The Footsteps to Freedom walking tour of the historic heart of Cape Town...

The Footsteps to Freedom walking tour of the historic heart of Cape Town tells the story of Cape Town and its people. We use streets, buildings, monuments, memorials and the passing street-scene as props develop a story of Cape Town and South Africa's dramatic past. Stories of Dutch and British colonial rule, slavery and apartheid, and finally our peaceful transition to a real democracy.We gather before 10h30 (Mon-Sat) in the lobby of the Taj Cape Town Hotel, located in centre of Cape Town's cultural and historic precinct. At 10h30 the 2½ hr walking tour starts from the steps of the Bishop Robert Gray Memorial, adjacent Taj Cape Town hotel.

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We had Dr. Ivor Shaskolsky for our walking tour. We were extremely impressed with his expertise on Cape Town and it's history, no question was unanswered. The walking tour took... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2015
Melbourne, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015 via mobile

After arriving late at night into Cape Town, this tour was our first activity the next day. A fantastic orientation and history lesson about The Mother City. An easy walk and very informative guide.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015

We had Dr. Ivor Shaskolsky for our walking tour. We were extremely impressed with his expertise on Cape Town and it's history, no question was unanswered. The walking tour took us around the Cape Town and he pointed out special land marks and told us about them. It was very educational and we enjoyed it very much. We highly recommend... More 

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Gringley on the Hill, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2015

Walking tour of historic Cape Town with Hans a most knowledgeable, informative and pleasant guide. A great way to spend a couple of hours and a must do for all the insights into the history, economics and culture of this city

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Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2015

The best city tour we have ever done! Very detailed explained history and political background of the city from past to present. A must in Cape town!!!!! Do it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

We took a full day tour of Cape Town with Garth. He broke down the history, culture and people of South African into four periods so that we could clearly understand the complex dynamics of the country. Garth was knowledgeable, friendly and answered our many questions with clarity and expertise. He is friendly, down to earth and respectful of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

My family (2 adults +3 teens) had the privilege to spend the day with Garth and Nati on the Footsteps to Freedom and Township visit. Garth did a great job conveying the history of South Africa from 1600s to present. Garth is immensely knowledgeable and personable and kept all of us engaged. In the morning we enjoyed getting an overview... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2014

We decided to take the general tour of Cape Town at the suggestion of Frommer's travel guide and a friend. I am so glad we did! Ivor was both a local and an expert on Cape Town. He had a great deal of knowledge to share with us, both personal and factual. He spent hours talking to us about Cape... More 

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Center, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2014

Our guide was very well informed, and was passionate about his work! The tour was amazing! Would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to take an in-depth look at the history of Cape Town. I would highly recommend brushing up on your Cape Town history before the tour to make it even more enjoyable!

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

It was excellent in every respect. Very interesting and informative. The guide, Dr Ivor Shaskolsky, was extremely knowledgeable, willing to answer all questions and keen to discuss a lot of key issues related to the tour. It took about 3 to 3.5 hours, covered a lot of the city and enabled us to understand more fully the social and political... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2014

Our family (with adult kids) hired Garth for a tailor-made two day tour, in and around Cape Town. We saw everything from penguins and ostriches to the Kirstenbosch Gardens and historical landmarks. We even had a little hike around Cape of Good Hope, as well as a lunch and stroll through Langa Township. The entire experience was rich, and Garth... More 

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