Experience what life is like for real South Africans as you share a meal in their homes.
The townships of the Western Cape are a remnant of the country's recent history and are filled with people willing to share their stories with you. They are places of great diversity, where people of all cultural backgrounds live together to form tight-nit communities.
The townships are vibrant and the local cultures run deep. There is no better place to learn about the day to day lives of many South African.
How It Works
- You choose what kind of dining experience you would like to have from our list.
- We will match you with a suitable host who will welcome you into their home.
- You can organise your own transport or we can arrange a transfer for you.
- You will share a home cooked meal with a local family where you can chat, share ideas and learn more about each other.
- If you are being hosted by a Muslim, Cape Malay or certain Indian and Christian families, there may be no alcohol served.
- Many hosts may not allow smoking on their premises.
- Menus will be discussed and prearranged for guests with strict dietary requirements.
- Remember that you are there for the experience and to engage with locals.
FEATURED TOWNSHIP DINING EXPERIENCES
Cape Town & Surrounds
The Cape Flats is a large area of sandy, wind-swept, flat land that lies to the north of Cape Town. Historically these are families who were removed from their homes closer to Cape Town, during the Apartheid era and have since developed new communities. This area is a strong mix of Cape Malay, Muslim and Christian households. Guests can expect a diverse combination of food, from Cape Malay curries to traditional locally adapted dishes.
Cape Town Outskirts
Langa is the oldest African township in the Cape Town area and is also closest to the city. It is home to many different and vibrant African people. A predominantly lower income working class area, Langa offers guests a look at how different ethnic groups co-exist under sometimes difficult circumstances. Guests can expect meals cooked on open fires and coal stoves and to engage in interesting and meaningful conversations.
A predominantly "Cape Coloured" area, Mitchells Plain is another product of the segregation that the Apartheid regime enforced. With a strong sense of community, the area is rich in culture and history. Guests can expect traditional Cape Malay, Indian and South African dishes such as a uniquely prepared snoek braai. Conversation is relaxed and easy and you could get to mingle with three generations within the family.