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Introduction to Cape Town: Dutch Trading to Democracy

Discover Cape Town's history—its origins, evolution, and characters
$189 and up
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Tour Details
About the Tour
History, Orientation
3 hours
Cape Town
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  • Understand the layout of the city, its major transportation options and some complete with local suggestions of must-see destinations
  • Led by a historian or local expert
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14 Reviews (4.66)

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Joline is wonderful and a wealth of historical and contemporary knowledge, exactly what I was hoping for to introduce me to South Africa and Cape Town's role in shaping the country. She was flexible and answered all my questions as our conversation and tour led to topics outside of the stated tour. I will definitely use Context again!
Joline was delightful! She was very knowledgeable and wanted to gear the tour to the interests of our teenagers.
Hi Context! My parents and I have been on several different context tours and have always been so impressed. It can be hard to find serious tours and context typically delivers. I understand that Cape Town is a new location for context. I was disappointed in my experience in Cape Town as I didn't think it was a consistent experience that I have had before with Context. I think our guide is more than qualified and is clearly so knowledgeable. Further, she adds local colour to the tour and happily shares her personal experiences growing up in South Africa. That being said, I found much of her tour to be anecdotal stories and pseudo-scientific rather than deep factual explanations of significant historical events. For instance, we glazed over the Anglo-Boer war and only barely discussed Apartheid and Mandela. For those participants looking to learn about Slavery exclusively and are interested in stories about specific slave experiences and Lesser known Boer figures, then she is your guide! But the title of the tour is Dutch trading to Democracy, which encompasses much more than that. I can also appreciate that of course, it is challenging to cover so much history in three hours, but I don't feel like I walked away with a deeper understanding of the more significant historical events. Perhaps more coordination between Context and the guides to ensure the consistency is required. I will continue to go on Context tours. In fact, I'm booked in Vienna next week. I am otherwise, always impressed w the Context experience, but think this one tour could use a little more oversight. I hope this feedback was helpful!! Thank you, Claire

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