Khayelitsha, one of the largest black townships in South Africa with a million people.  When Cape Town implemented apartheid in the 1980’s all blacks had to live in designated areas, shanty towns with little or no infrastructure, located just outside the city limits of Cape Town.

We stayed at Kopanong Bed & Breakfast www.kopanong-township.co.za That evening Mpho took us on a walk through the community. Carrying our cameras openly we received smiles, warm hellos and hugs at the local barbershop, fruit stand, pool hall and the bars.  We didn’t expect that people would want their photographs taken with us.

A wide-angle lens will give you an editorial feel for the street life in Khayelitsha. We used a 10-24 lens.

Since this was a pre-sunset tour that lasted until the twilight hours best to bring a fast lens ( 2.0 ) and set your ISO to 400 and increase to 800 as you lose light.

Be prepared to let all your preconceived ideas about what a township is melt away while your heart grows bigger as you connect with the fun-loving people who live here.