Township Tour

36 km from the Hyde - Take a township tour to Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. See the view from Look-Out Hill, buy crafts and eat at an African restaurant. Khayelitsha (meaning “new home”) is one of Cape Town’s largest townships and is situated some 30 km from the Mother City. It consists of both formal accommodation (houses of bricks and mortar) and informal settlements (makeshift shacks). This is a township with its eyes on the future. Tourism is a major drawcard to the township and gives visitors some insight into the lives of those who live here. One of the first places you’ll experience on a visit to Khayelitsha is the Look-Out Hill tourist facility on the corner of Mew and Spine Road.

The centre consists of a restaurant, gift shop and information kiosk. The facility has a look-out point on the highest dune with a 360-degree view that incorporates False Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, Helderberg and Groot Drakenstein.

Another popular stop is the Khayelitsha Craft Market, +27 (0)21 361 5246, at the St Michael’s and All Angels Anglican Church. Here, you can buy all sorts of hand-made curios, pottery, beadwork, baskets and fabric paintings. The market is aimed at alleviating poverty in the area and all goods are made by the local community.

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