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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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I chose to take the Footsteps to Freedom tour during my visit to Capetown in November, 2014 mainly because the founder used to be the CEO of a student travel organization I had... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2016
Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

I chose to take the Footsteps to Freedom tour during my visit to Capetown in November, 2014 mainly because the founder used to be the CEO of a student travel organization I had worked with in the day. That indicated to me that it would be a professional outfit. Indeed my expectations were with rewarded with a couple of hours... More 

Thank StephenCopenhagen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend this walking tour to anyone with an interest in South African history and Capetown. Nor was very knowledgeable and passionate. This tour will also point out different aspects of the city that one may miss. Fantastic!

Thank ChrisSeattle_wa
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 16 December 2015

Our guide, Hans, guided us during 3 hours in the city centre of Cape Town. Despite my high expectations, we received the opposite of what we expected from a tour called 'footsteps to freedom': a terrible one-sided approach to the history of Cape Town, where we were told amongst others that Namibians should be grateful for being under South Africa's... More 

Thank Helen1B
Garth-Angus, Owner at Footsteps to Freedom Tours, responded to this review

Hello Helena. Thank you for your frank email about your tour with Hans. I can only apologise again ..... as I did when you emailed me on 11 November and repeat my offer to tour with you personally next time you are in Cape Town, at my own expense, telling our story my way. You are perfectly within your rights... More 

Austin, Texas
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14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2015

As a tour guide myself, I am very particular about the guides I hire for my groups and Footsteps did not disappoint. In fact, the way in which Garth wove stories of history while walking the beuatiful cityscape fo Capetown was fascinating and the guests wanted more. Thank you Garth for your professional, insightful tour of your city.

Thank BarbaraJoubert
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

On our last day in Capetown we, 3 Americans and 3 Dutch, booked Footsteps to Freedom and met our guide Ivor, a retired physician, in our hotel. As we drove to Bokaap we listened to the history of Capetown, South Africa and Apartheid in all its forms from someone who lived as a child, student and family starting man through... More 

Thank Erikvanstrien
Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 21 November 2015

We took two tours with Footsteps to Freedom; The city walking tour with Ivor and a full day tour to the wine region with Garth. Both were first rate and highly recommended. A superb mix of history and culture that made our Cape Town experience unforgettable... Footsteps to Freedom guides are consummate tourism professionals. You won't be disappointed....

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Stockholm, Sweden
1 review
Reviewed 13 November 2015

My friend and I had the enormous pleasure of joining Garth on a full day tour of the Cape Point peninsula and transfer to Franschhoek and it was the most well spent time of our entire journey. A more knowledgeable and engaging guide is not to be found. Using the environment around us, Garth gave us insights in SA's history,... More 

Thank Britta A
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Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

We did 3 tours with Garth's company. A walking tour focused on the Jewish experience in Cape Town hosted by Ivor, the Footsteps to Freedom walking tour led by Karin and a walking township tour of Langa. All of the guides were professional and well informed, and we felt we received an excellent picture of the history, life and cloture... More 

Thank Edh54
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2015

We expected a standard guided tour of Cape Town and have received a comprehensive five hundred year history of South Africa, Cape Town and how it relates to the US and European timeline. After this very enlightened summary of a true history buff Garth Angus, we were taken around the center Cape Town and learned more about its architecture, political... More 

Thank Pavel K
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

We were there, my husband, Jim, a white American and I'm Malaysian Chinese. Very inspiring and informative your by Ivor. I did not know and it wasn't taught in school that the Indonesians from Java especially were enslaved by the Dutch and brought to Cape Town in the 1800s. Therefore the Cape Malay cuisine that we all enjoy now. So... More 

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