These guys are township specialists and one of the first to show the "other" side of Cape Town. They'll take you into New Rest and show you a really personal tour. This is highly recommended and a real eye opener.
It's extremely thought provoking to see how these citizens have come to live in such an interesting, tight community. You will see schoolchildren in nothing more than a corrugated hut, and women cooking for hundreds. There are also very different ethnic groups that keep to their own township.
Vicky's B&B is in a township where you can stay and experience true hospitality. It is also a moving experience; the children have very little, and yet are very happy.
They want to travel the world, just like you. Their hopes and dreams are the same as anyone's. Don't miss this really interesting and emotion-provoking experience.
All hotels, Guesthouses, B&B will have information, try and book with one that puts money back into the townships
The Evening Cultural Experience at Imizamo Yethu Township is a rare opportunity to see the real South Africa; a unique opportunity to eat real South African food and dance with local people in a township shabeen where togetherness is what it is all about. It's an experience that I will never forget. My children ran off and played and exchanged addresses with township kids who took them into their homes made of corregated iron or in some cases cardboard. This is the real thing, a rare insight into the reality of South African people and their everyday lives, well away from the classic tourist hotspots.
Imizamo Yethu Township (Mandela Park) is situated near Hout Bay. Pick up point outside 259 Long Street Café;
tel: 021 790 5817;
Mondays and Thursdays 7-10pm
This can be organised by your hotel. Ours included a quick visit to Bo Kaap, the Malay/Muslim area, which is highly photogenic and has an interesting history. Then we paid a call to the District Six museum, which is fascinating. On to a township where we saw the development of the area, visited a shebeen and saw inside one of the flats. We spoke with a gentleman who had been living in the same room since 1970. You should usually have a chance to see a creche - lots of lovely cuddly children (!*!). Try to ensure that at least a fair proportion of the (fairly pricey) payment goes to the township itself.
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