Khayelitsha, Black Township in South Africa

Overlook the warnings that it’s too dangerous to go there except on an organized tour. We stayed a night at Thope Lekau’s B&B www.kopanong-township.co.za learning about South African apartheid history, meeting the people who live in this lively community, and making lots of new friends including a fun-loving adventurous couple from Germany. Our initial greeting was the sign outside “Where the World comes Together” and indeed it does.

On our late afternoon walking tour we got a taste of the Khayelitsha community visiting barbershops, pool halls, fruit stands, and local shebeens (bars). This vibrant community is perpetually in colorful motion…kids playing street soccer, enterprentuers selling b-b-que chicken, and  neighbors socializing in barbershops, front yards and bars.

Our guide Mpho, Thope’s daughter, introduced us to all her neighbors and friends, and took us through the community. Our take away was that we would love to come back and hang out more with the Khayelitsha community.

After our tour Thope cooked us a traditional dinner we shared with our new friends from Munich and  slept very comfortably in our  room.

 

 

 

 

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