Sunday Tribune

A glimpse at the unexplored side of Cape Town

- VUYOLWETHU FUNDAM Vuyolwethu.fundam@africannew­

THE Mother City, as it is fondly called, is traditiona­lly known and loved for its beaches and natural landmarks, but that’s not all there is to the beautiful city.

Visitors, both foreign and local, are exposed to only a few activities, such as hiking up Lion’s Head or Table Mountain, visiting Robben Island, or eating a Gatsby, thus missing out on the abundant experience­s that the city’s townships have to offer.

Here we share some of the few activities that provide a glimpse of township life and cultures:

Rands, situated in the heart of Khayelitsh­a, Cape Town’s largest township, is a multifacet­ed venue and a haven of good music, food, and quality entertainm­ent.

Rands has its resident DJS, but from time to time it hosts well-known artists including the likes of Black Coffee, AKA, Nasty C, to name a few.

Kwa Ace Eparkini is a shisanyama chill spot (shisanyama being the term for a barbecue or braai). The establishm­ent has both indoor and outdoor areas where DJS are available to entertain patrons. Locals are invited to bring their beverages, buy food and just enjoy the vibe.

4Roomed ekasi Culture is perfect for when you are looking for an intimate, chilled scene or just looking to dine out. 4Roomed ekasi Culture is a cosy restaurant in Khayelitsh­a.

It offers a set menu of African and Western fare, where dishes are served on bright ceramics made by a local artist.

In 2019, food critic Besha Rodell listed 4Roomed ekasi Culture as one of the top 30 restaurant­s in the world.

The Khayelitsh­a Craft Market is situated at St Michaels and All Angels Anglican Church in Khayelitsh­a.

Here you can purchase pottery, bead work, paintings, baskets, and various other items all hand-crafted by the township residents. The market is aimed at easing poverty in the area. While at the market one can also purchase fascinatin­g African souvenirs.

The Vamostowns­hip Cycling Tour allows visitors to experience the vibrant community of Langa. The tour entails two hours of being immersed in the creativity and wealth of the culture and its people.

Cape Town has more than 30 townships.

 ??  ?? RANDS Cape Town is situated in the heart of Khayelitsh­a.
RANDS Cape Town is situated in the heart of Khayelitsh­a.

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