Cape town, South Africa
- Cook with a local family
- Use local transport
- Meet Local Artists
We will be visiting Langa, the oldest township in South Africa with local guide Sugar. She will lead you on a walking tour that will reveal its rich history, ties to Apartheid, and the current uplifting initiatives.
The tour starts by taking local transport to see how majority of South Africans get to and from work. Sugar will then take you on an interactive tour of Langa where you will visit a spaza shop, see a local braai, help prep and eat a meal in a local's home and finish up at the Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture centre where you will meet local artists.
This is an incredibly important experience for everyone visiting South Africa.
Who Is This Experience Good For
- Anyone passionate about history, art and culture
- Anyone interesting in giving back to local communities
Meet Your Local Host
Nomangesi, also known as Sugar will be your local guide for the day. Born in the Eastern Cape, Sugar moved to Langa in 1995 and has been a tour guide since 2006. She has a passion for Langa and wants to show visitors the history, culture and what daily life looks like. She always uses her guiding experience and walking tours to uplift the local community by showcasing and supporting local entrepreneurs and artists. She is involved with many charity drives for blankets and clothing to help the less fortunate in the community. Remote Year has proudly partnered and helped with a few of these drives.
- Local Guide - Local to Langa Township
- Walking Tour of Langa and Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture Centre
- Transportation - pick up and drop off at accommodation (please note that depending on numbers booked - will determine if we catch a public taxi or get a private taxi)
- Local snack which you will help prepare
- Local drink
- Home visit
- Positive Impact: Kindergarten visit (please bring along donations in form of diapers, fresh fruit, children's clothing anything from 8 months 5years )
What's Not Included
Know Before You Go
- Minimum Needed: 2 people
- Maximum Capacity: 12 people
- Booking Deadline: 8 days before event
- Weather Dependent: No
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Special Clothing Required: Yes - comfy walking shoes
- Special Dietary Restrictions: n/a
- Extra Cash: Needed for tipping / donation
Frequently Asked Questions
❤️🇿🇦❤️Masakhu u Langa~Build Back Langa
“It always seems impossible until it’s done” ~ Nelson Mandela
🇿🇦Langa is one of the oldest townships, with a rich and turbulent history, a focal point of protest against apartheid. It is on a mission to provide education and arts opportunities to improve the health and wealth of its residents.
💙While there are limited resources and varied housing that varies from shipping containers, hostels , apartments and homes, this community has a strong foundation of safety, pride, respect and love in order to thrive.
🌎 It was the children that played in the streets greeting visitors with oversized hugs and smiles, while blowing kisses and waving that opened our hearts and minds to what could be… if only…
🙂Sooooooo, we are creating a partnership to support these kids and working with community leaders to provide physical and monetary support through a kids’ program to clean up the streets and assist in educational resources. If this speaks to you to join ‘ Let’s Build Langa’ , DM me and I’ll send you details on how to join the team! ❤️🇿🇦🌎
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It was such a wonderful day getting to learn about the history and present-day of Langa township, the struggles, and the honest truth of the oppressive systems that were in place. It helps you see the reality of the disparities in Cape Town which you won't find in the bubble of the more affluent part that you'll be based in CT. Also, you see the resiliency, entrepreneurship, optimistic spirit, and creativity of black folks who lived in apartheid times. It was an emotional experience for sure but one you need to do to have a more well-rounded perspective of South Africa. Also, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela's prison guard + friend Christo Brand, his stories will move you, I cried at one point. Truly a must-do.
Quite a lot is included in this experience and it's not just about Mandela! (although that was really really cool, Christo is a great storyteller!)
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about one of the townships, some ZA history as well as taste some unique foods! Thanks so much to Sugar, our amazing guide, she gave us some very personal stories that helped us to understand her people's culture. It's eye opening.
What an incredible opportunity to meet someone so close to Mandela. His stories are truly moving and you leave with a new found perspective and appreciation. Not many people can say theyve met someone so involved in Mandelas life
You get a chance to see a different part of cape town and try some local delicacies. If you want some culture experience, you'll want to do this!
You probably won't get the chance to speak to anyone else in Capetown that was as close of a friend to Mandela. Great to do before a Robin Island visit. His story is amazing and the meal is as good as any grandmas cooking you're going to get.