"Township tours" Township Tour Tip by myriam_c

Township Tour, Cape Town: 8 reviews and 12 photos

by myriam_c

We hired a guide for a 'visit' to 3 townships, although visiting is not exactly what it was IMO. I had expected we could walk around in the streets with our guide, visit some of the houses. This was not the case. We just drove past the houses, many of the people waved at us and were just very friendly.

We went to Langa, Guguletu and Khayelitsha.
In Langa we visited a community project where people make pottery, paintings, crafts in general to earn a bit of a living. Although Neville (our guide) told us it was not his intention to let us buy things, we felt it was.

Next was Guguletu where Neville lives with his grandma. We had hoped to visit at least his house but his grandma wasn't home. We visited a school project, talked to a teacher for quite some time which was most interesting. They do a good job keeping the kids - whose parents don't have jobs and who don't have money to go to normal schools - from the streets. Also visited a housing project. And in the cultural centre there was an interesting exhibition about the origin and the progress of townships. With the additional information we got from Neville this was about the most interesting part of the trip.

Lastly we drove through Khayelitsha where more than 1.2 million people live!! ... and visited Vicky's B&B. If you want an original place to stay, this must be it! 170 rand per person for half board ... Vicky herself is a fat mama, very friendly, and her place is clean. But that's about it.

**NOTE: In November 2012 Vicky Ntozini, owner of Vicky?s B&B, died after being stabbed, allegedly by a relative. http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/murder-at-popular-guesthouse-1.1428790

Address: On the outskirts of Cape Town

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 23, 2015
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  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    a pity you couldn't spend more time walking around and talk to the people there



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