A typical tour day looks a little bit like this …
Meet at a trendy coffee shop in District Six to sample our best barristos and a croissant for a rumbly tum.
We visit the District Six Commemorative Museum, where you are given an insight into the effects of the ideology of apartheid, particularly the Group Areas Act. This provides an essential perspective as to why and how townships exist.
We move on to Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, where we learn more about the impact of forced removals, influx control, the Pass Laws and Migrant Labour, and how these laws impacted the daily lives of the majority of marginalised South Africans.
We are met by Zamile Hlehle, local guide and loved by many. Together we engage with inspiring and fascinating local people involved in various projects that make a difference in their communities’ lives. We enjoy a traditional and utterly delicious and moreish buffet lunch at Mzansi Restaurant with my dear friend Nomonde Siyake and her family of musicians. They create Marimba magic, together with Mzwanele a veteran jazz saxophonist. If any of you remember Miriam Makeba, our Mama Africa, this is your chance to dance the ‘pata pata’ with gusto and to leave feeling uplifted and spirited in heart.
Next stop is Woodstock, a suburb quasi-industrial and residential. The ‘new kid on the block’ in terms of young creatives. First we stop at Sorbetiere for a tasting of artisanal sorbets and ice cream. If time permits, we visit Woodstock Exchange and later The Biscuit Mill complex, where the famous Saturday Neighbourhood Market occurs. Here we find the highest-rated restaurant in South Africa – ‘The Test Kitchen’.
The Bo Kaap, the oldest residential area in South Africa, is renowned for its ad infinitum photographed brightly painted houses with the iconic Table Mountain in the background and is steeped in Cape Town’s history. Learn more about slavery, colonial rule, Cape Malay (traditional cooking), Islam at the Cape, and experience the assonance and dissonance that holds this community so close to the residents’ hearts.
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