Top 10: Township experiences

Bicycle tours are a great way to see Soweto

1 Soweto, Gauteng

Soweto Bicycle Tours, a home-grown initiative of Soweto Backpackers, will take you on a ground-level visit to this most famous of South African townships, former home of Nelson Mandela. And there are walking tours, tuk-tuks or cars available if you’re not much of a bike fan. more

2 Cape Care Route, Cape Flats, Cape Town

For an alternate view of the Mother City, visit the various township upliftment projects that form part of this route. more

3 Alex Township of Rhythms Route, Gauteng

Visit the historic sights such as Nelson Mandela Yard, St Hubert Catholic Church and stop off at a Bra Joe’s famous butchery-cum-barbeque shop for a bite and a cold beer. more

4 Coffeebeans, Storytelling Route, Cape Town

Visit the homes of characters with big stories to tell, and enjoy a home cooked meal with your hosts. more

5 The Rastafarian Township Tour

Peace-out with the brothers of this one-of-a kind Rastafarian community on the outskirts of Knysna - eyrie, mon! more

6 Amazink township theatre, Kayamandi, Stellenbosch

The AmaZink Live performance showcases local talent in a setting that recreates the vibrancy of township street life, on the outskirts of the university town of Stellenbosch. more

7 KwaMashu, Durban

Let community-based tour operators take you around the oldest township in Durban. You’ll love its rich struggle history and modern lifestyle. more

8 Khayelitsha Township Tours, Cape Town

Visit the largest township in the Western Cape with a local community guide, craft projects, authentic interactions with the residents and the chance to learn to cook local food are highlights here. more

9 Dinner at Mandela’s, Western Cape

Take a cultural tour into the Mandela Park township, near Hout Bay, and enjoy a traditional meal, dancing and music brought to you by the local residents. more

10 Real City Tour, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

First tour this historic city and discover its history before visiting its vibrant townships where Hummers and horse carts, Gucci groupies and gospel gogo’s (grandmothers) co-exist, for an authentic ‘PE’ experience. more