Tour some townships where resistance to apartheid was particularly strong in the 1960s and 1970s, and see how they have since flourished artistically and culturally.
Traveling by coach, you’ll first drive through downtown Port Elizabeth, once a hotbed of political and social resistance to apartheid. As you continue through its neighboring townships, you will notice the vast differences in the residential areas, such as poor, undeveloped Missionvale and middle-class Kwadwesi. Your guide will point out a number of landmarks along the way, including the Native Strangers Location, Livingstone Hospital, and Lithuli Square, which is named for the political activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960 for his non-violent opposition to apartheid.
There will be a photo stop at a viewpoint in Kwa Magxaki before proceeding on through several other townships. Stopping in Rhamaphosa Village, a squatter camp, you will enjoy a visit to the Arts and Crafts Center. Several styles of artwork are on display and for sale, all of them deeply personal to the local artists. Some of the subject matter may reflect the legacy of apartheid and how the people have struggled in this part of South Africa.
For an even more poignant glimpse into the injustices of apartheid, you will visit Emlotheni Memorial Park, which commemorates the death of six men who were executed in 1964 for defiantly resisting apartheid forces. Then, visit a local school or community center, where you’ll be served some refreshments and have the opportunity to interact with local community members and possibly some school children. Afterward, you will drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Only local currency (South African Rand) is accepted in the crafts building and there is no shipping. The toilet facilities are cleaned prior to your arrival but are very basic. Most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which while having extreme poverty, are busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making them a place of hope. Guests should be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a “no frills” experience. The tour sequence may vary.