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Faces of Cape Town

Faces of Cape Town

Highlights / General details See the many faces of Cape Town as you snack and chat side-by-side with locals. Visit one of Cape Town’s most infamous communities, and learn what life is like for those who live here. Meet a young Xhosa woman who runs a local NGO for girls in the community. Prove you’re a hardcore foodie by sampling African treats like “smileys” and “walkie talkies”. Spice up your life with a cooking class in Cape Town’s Malay neighborhood. Inclusion Hotel pick-up and drop-off; Local English-speaking guide; Food samples; Museum entry; Water and other non-alcoholic drinks. Exclusion Additional food and drinks; Souvenirs and items of a personal nature; Tips and gratuities for your guide. Hours of operation Available daily at 8:45am. Duration Approximately 7 hours. Location Pick-up and drop-off from central Cape Town hotels. Itinerary Your Cape Town tour will start with a ride along the winding Atlantic coast as we head to the township of Imizano Yetho, where we’ll meet our young Xhosa guide, Nandipha. Imizano Yetho, also known as Mandela Park, is an informal township with very challenging living conditions. Life for locals here has been extremely difficult, but on this tour you’ll get the chance to learn what’s fact and what’s fiction, how this community came to be, and what improvements have been made in recent years. Please note that this is not slum tourism — your guide will be a member of this community and we’ll explore the area with respect for life in this neighborhood and the struggles it has gone through. Nandipha will take us to the local community center that houses several craft stalls, where you’ll have the option to purchase small items that have been handmade by locals. She’ll also explain why and how the township came about during the Apartheid era of the 1980s, and why her family came to the city from the rural Eastern Cape (just like Nelson Mandela did). She’ll offer insight into local life in this area, and the difficulties that residents have faced. You’ll hear the story of how she is inspiring local teenage girls through her NGO, the Sistahood Girls Club. From the center, we’ll then head to a local tavern (known as a shebeen), and pass by roadside hawkers selling food, furniture, and clothing. We’ll stop at Nandipha’s modest home — a traditional shack seen in such communities, made of iron and cardboard — for tea and to sample local delicacies such as “Smileys” (barbecued sheep’s head… with all its teeth showing!) and “Walkie Talkies” (chicken beaks and feet). After our township visit, we’ll return to one of the older parts of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap, which, in the 1700s, was an area beyond the original city walls, where Dutch settlers housed the (mostly) Muslim laborers imported from Malaysia, India, and the Middle East. Thanks to those eastern origins, the area is well-known for its spicy Cape Malay cuisine. We’ll walk along the cobblestone streets and between the rows of painted multi-colored houses to reach the home of a superb local cook, a featured guest on Master Chef S.A, who will help us prepare and cook a typical Malay lunch. Once our meal is prepared, we’ll sit down together to enjoy our efforts, while discussing the local family heritage. We’ll then amble the short distance to the small local Bo-Kaap museum, situated in one of the oldest local houses, and learn more about the history and origins of the Cape Malays. We’ll also enjoy a visit to the local spice shop and sample some of the different exotic spices imported from eastern lands. A quick and respectful visit to a local mosque will follow before we drive back through the colorful streets and return to our hotel. Additional Information Dress standard: Please wear respectful casual dress and good walking shoes. Participant restrictions Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour. Policies Cancellation: 2 days prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty. Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher. **All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**