Visitor at a local Shisa Nyama in Khayelitsha, South Africa's fastest growing township. Shisa Nyama is a term used by black South African's to describe a barbeque or braai where the community (family and friends) come together to grill meat on an open fire.
Whether you're surfing the waves on Muizenberg beach or shark diving with the great white sharks, South Africans are all about adventure. So, how about joining us on a cultural adventure tour in Cape Town's townships.
Many tourists who travel to Cape Town unfortunately don't see a lot outside of the city. Much of that is because of the way the city is geographically set up.
Our adventure tour is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and see how more than half the population of Cape Town live.
This adventure tour has it all, food, culture, tradition and more. We've crammed in all the township you possibly can handle in one day.
Walk the streets, snack on local foods, sample traditional beer (umqombothi), visit South Africa's first gangster museum and fall in love with the community spirit.
Visit Langa, South Africa's oldest surviving township and Khayelitsha, South Africa's fastest growing township.
Climb the Cape Flat's highest remaining sand dune, 'Lookout Hill' boasting fabulous 360 degree views of the Cape Flats and beyond.
We've got lots of thrilling surprises up our sleeves! One thing is for sure, you will not return the same way as you left. Travel changes you.
Visit South Africa's oldest surviving township.
Learn about the history and heritage of South Africa's townships, from the oldest neighbourhood to the modern townships.
Hear the township's tales of love, resistance and anarchy.
Experience the charm of the township and enjoy the 'Cape sense of humour' which is unique to the Cape Flats. It is the ability of the people to see the funny side of every situation.
Feast on typical goodies like fat cakes (delicious crispy dough balls, like a doughnut without the hole), amaqina (chicken feet), traditional beer and more.
Visit to South Africa's fastest growing township, Khayelitsha.
Visit to Lookout Hill.
Visit to 18 Gangster Museum.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transport, mineral water and entry to 18 gangster museum.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Duration: 7-8 hours
Tour Departs from Cape Town, South Africa
Meeting point: 209 Beach road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Meet at Sea Point Promenade bus stop, across the road from La Perla Restaurant
Starting time: 9.00 AM
Ending point: 209 Beach road, Sea Point, Cape Town
Your friendly local guide will meet you in Sea Point at the designated meeting point. The tour departs at 09h00. From Sea Point, we will embark on a short journey to the Cape Flats, formally know as the Cape's townships. As we leave Sea Point, you will notice a beautiful promenade on your left hand side highlighting the picturesque beauty Cape Town has to offer.
You will be driven a short distance to Langa, South Africa's oldest township. It was established in 1927 under the terms of the Native (Urban Areas) Act of 1927 as a place to accommodate migrant workers from the Eastern Cape. Not only did Langa play a pivotal role in the anti-apartheid struggle, the township has developed a reputation for great local arts and crafts mainly through the development of the Guga S'thebe arts, culture and heritage village and the work of local and international street artists adding a touch of colour to the area.
Your first stop will be a visit to Guga S'thebe cultural centre located in the heart of the township. Decorated with polychromatic ceramic murals, this is one of the most impressive buildings in the townships: even more so that it has a new theatre, creatively constructed largely from recycled materials. In one of the several studio spaces here you can watch pottery being made and even treat yourself with some local crafts.
From Guga S'thebe, your guide will give you a short historical walking tour in Langa. The township's original location was build between Bhunga Square and Jungle Walk. Bhunga Square was the centre of politics in Langa. Walter Sisulu and Robert Sobukwe (freedom struggle heroes) both spoke in Bhunga Square. You will also get a chance to see the old migrant accommodation.
You will also be introduced to the fascinating world of informal businesses. Prior to 1994, entrepreneurship was restricted through control over the establishment of black businesses. Only a limited number of small shops were permitted resulting in the development of informal businesses: selling vegetables, second hand clothing and cooked foods.
From Langa, we will begin our approach towards Khayelitsha. Located along the N2 motorway, Khayelitsha is South Africa's fastest growing township. It's name 'Khayelitsha' means 'New Home' in isiXhosa. The townships huge dimensions and breathtaking views are impressive to any visitor.
You will first stop at 18 Gangster Museum, the first of it's kind in South Africa, The tour will showcase the history of South African gangs. This innovative museum aims to helps South African Youth to better understand the treacherous path that too many of their friends take into gangsterism. 18 Gangster Museum seeks to offer a positive alternative.
The next stop will be a visit to the Shisa Nyama. Shisa Nyama is a term used by black South African's to describe a barbeque or braai where people (friends and families) come together to grill meat on an open fire. Enjoy smoky cooked lamb, dark chicken liver, slow cooked tribe and chicken.
You final stop will be a stop to Lookout Hill Tourism Centre. Lookout Hill is built on the largest remaining sand dune in the Cape Flats. The hill showcases spectacular 360-degree views of the township and beyond.
At approximately 16:30, we start our return to Sea Point where we will say our goodbyes. The tour will finish here but you're free to keep exploring the area. Don't forget to request some local tips on the best places to wine and dine in the township.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, transport, mineral water and entry to 18 Gangster Museum.
Exclusions: Food and additional drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: There is no standard dress code for this tour.
Your Trip: For your adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children above the ages of 3 are permitted on this tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
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