My husband and I did the bicycle tour through Masiphumelele with Mark and Zwai – so just the four of us. It was awesome and easily one of the most fun and enriching things we did in Cape Town! This is my second time in the city and I had looked at several township tours and am so glad I did this one. It’s one thing to visit the winelands, table mountain, do safari, etc but of course some of the most memorable parts of any trip is also meeting people, learning about life there and feeling like a local and not just a tourist (even though we are). I liked the company’s philosophy (responsible tourism) and although it wasn’t exactly inexpensive, you can be assured the money is partly going to the people who live here and helping grow jobs. I loved being able to see the town through different eyes and on a bike – you cover more ground and it was fun to ride a bike like I was a kid again (hadn’t done it in years) and learning about how the community is recycling the donated bikes. AWOL had tailored the trip as I had asked to have braai at Nongoloza’s first, and you can sort of make quick stops on the ride if something catches your eye and you want to take a picture (respectfully asking of course first). Although I feel like we ran out of time and I had wanted to see so much more! There’s just so much to see and learn.
I had heard of Langa, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha before but I’m glad I went to Masiphumelele – which is a bit of a drive south of the city, where you get to see some nice views and also the Flats, etc . As Zwai shows you around and talks about his community, you leave with a feeling that’s hard to describe – Masiphumelele is just such a special place with wonderful people. I wanted to stay there longer! Mark was also a great companion and we learned a lot from him as well. And as it was our honeymoon the company even surprised us with a gift of chocolates! So sweet. Highly, highly recommend doing this when you are in Cape Town! I would also recommend maybe researching up about the township and maybe even watching a documentary like “Dear Mandela” (although it takes place in Durban) to deepen your understanding about township issues and you will get more out of your visit!
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