Did you know?
Cape Town is one of a handful of cities with a national park, the Table Mountain National Park, inside city limits.
If you’re interested in getting under the skin of Cape Town and surrounds, Andulela Tours, accredited with Fair Trade Tourism, offers some unusual day trips.
Perhaps you want to learn how to bead in the African way? Andulela will take you on a half-day or full-day beading safari. Not only will you learn how to make handicrafts with existing crafters and workshops, you’ll also learn more about the significance of beads in culture. You might also want to visit artists in their homes, or attend some of the gathering places in the townships – hair salons and spaza shops.
Or if you’re interested in food, you might want to learn how to cook a Malay curry from scratch in a house in the historic and colourful Bo-Kaap area. You’ll also sample your own delicately balanced and spicy flavours, and learn the art of folding a samoosa (a spicey, deep-fried snack containing meat or a vegetarian filling).
If the soccer spectacle of 2010 in South Africa piqued your interest in the weird ways of local fans with their vuvuzelas (South African plastic trumpets), makarapas (miners' helmets decorated in support of a soccer team) and raised hands to applaud a good move or goal, you’ll definitely want to go on a Cape Town soccer tour which will take you from the barest of soccer fields in Gugulethu to luxurious Camps Bay.
But if music is your first love, then Andulela has a special treat for you. Cape Town’s jazz is justly world famous, and celebrated in an annual event (the Cape Town International Jazz Festival). But to find the real smoky jazz spots where musos gather and jam, you’ll need a guide. You’ll be taken to Abdullah Ibrahim’s (also known as 'Dollar Brand') music school and meet jazz players and aficionados in a series of little clubs known mostly to insiders.
On the subject of rhythm, you could also go for a drumming session in the township, and wander around to explore the vibe before you settle in front of a djembe (a skin-covered drum).
Andulela Tours also offer a number of quirky wildlife safaris. You can dive with seals or swim with dolphins. You can also go on a tour of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden with a young, dynamic botanist.
Tours are all designed to give you an authentic experience, to get under the skin of Cape Town and meet real people doing interesting things.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)21 418 3020
Cell: +27 (0)82 695 4695
Best time to visit
The summer months (October to March) are generally sunny while winter months (May through August) can be rainy and blustery. But winter in the Cape is the highly underrated green season and offers its own advantages.
What will it cost
Depending on the day trip you choose, it will cost approx. R750 per person. This often (but not always) includes a meal.
Length of stay
Most tours take a day or a half a day.
What to pack
Bring comfortable shoes, a camera, and a hat or jacket (depending on the weather).
Where to stay
Cape Town has more than its fair share of excellent accommodation – from top hotels to township stays. Andulela Tours also offers you the opportunity of staying with a jazz musician in a township.