Welcome to Langa Township
Being one of the oldest townships in Cape Town, Langa is today a place of reflection based on the dark sad history of black people's oppression in South Africa. The regulations of the 1902 Location Act were expanded to create a more formal structure for African Urban administration in Cape Town. To this end, in 1923 the Urban Areas Act was passed to enforce the compulsory residence of black Africans in locations. Following the removal of Black people from Ndabeni location, near Maitland, in the late 1920s, the regime of that time established Langa location outside Cape Town. Although the name Langa means Sun, the name is actually derived from the name of the Xhosa chief Langalibalele, who was imprisoned on Robben Island in 1873 for rebelling against the Natal government.
Going to Langa is one of the best ways you could learn and understand the experiences which the black people of South Africa went through during the dark ages of oppression under the Apartheid regime. Book a private tour with a local tour guide or with us directly for a better experience.
Where to Go?:
If you are visiting Langa, you should spend a minimum of 1 hour at the Guga S'thebe, here you could visit a variety of local artists and the crafts in making. Experience the real Marimba and drums experience. Another place to visit is a local brewery with an option of tasting the local beer. Washington Street is another place of interest to visit with a range of beautiful local restaurants. A visit to a local library, local creche, the old and new hostels, and the new development.
When to Go?:
Langa is a destination all year round as all activities and places of interest are indoors. But the best time remains the dry months of springs and summer, September to April.
Best Time to Go: Best: Good:
- Cultural day trips
- Visit a local brewery
- Visit the old & new hostels
- Visit the new housing development
- Visit the Guga S'thebe center
- Visit a local restaurant
- Visit a local creche
- Visit the Langa gospel choir
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