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Standard Kayamandi Township Tour and Xhosa lunch


Activity Description

Discover day-to-day life in Kayamandi “sweet home” township on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and meet the locals.
Get an insider’s perspective from your guide who was born and bred in Kayamandi. After an insightful walking tour, a Xhosa Mama will welcome you in her home. Sit back and listen to her stories about township life and the customs and traditions of its people while you enjoy some of the dishes that Nelson Mandela grew up on.


Duration3 hours 30 minutes
WhenMonday to Saturday excluding 24 - 26 Dec, 31 Dec, 01 Jan and Easter weekend. The tour is closed on Sundays.
WhereMeet at 47 Church / Kerk Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch 7599, at Stellenbosch Wine Routes Office. Two options to get to Kayamandi township 3 km outside the town centre: 1) our guide can join you in your vehicle, OR 2) we can assist in organising transfers from central Stellenbosch to Kayamandi (which you settle directly with transfer company).
WeatherThe running of the tour is not subject to the weather.
What to WearThis is not a weather dependent service, so dress according to the conditions of the day.
Things to BringCamera.
Guests or Spectators


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


Walking tour with a specialist Kayamandi guide.
Meet local entrepreneurs and talented artists.
See exciting community development projects (visit to a day-care centre for toddlers on weekdays),
Visit a spaza shop (local ‘corner’ shop).
Sit down for a hearty Xhosa lunch in a family home: a veritable feast of traditional dishes, all washed down with home-made ginger beer and followed by dessert.
Receive a small, hand-crafted souvenir.
We’ll e-mail you recipes to try at home.

ExclusionsExcludes transport between Stellenbosch and Kayamandi township. Own vehicle / transfer is required, or we can assist in organising transfers (which you settle direct with transfer company).


We can only accommodate special dietary requirements if we are notified in advance.

Customer Reviews

We love this tour, the guide Thembi was really passioned and explain all the history of Kayamandi. What a community, strong and noble... It was a plaesure to meet the children of Zenzele, the mamma, Jimmy and Charles, and the lunch was absolutly delicious!! Thank you - Cécile Kayar

The tour around Kayamandi with Thembi was great. She is very knowledgeable, but aboveall very fun to hang out with. She was very enthusiastic about her neighbourhood in which she has almost popstar status :-) Also the food was great, while Thembi explained a bit about the background of the food and what place food has in the township's life. Thembi explained in an interesting way how life in the township is, from her own experience and that of her community. Definately recommend in case you would like to get (literally) a taste of the life in the townships. - Danny

Thank you Thembi, you did a great job in showing us around Kayamandi and introducing us to the history, life and culture of your extended family. Highly recommended! - Christian

Our tour was fantastic, thanks to both guides for a very interesting tour. Lunch was superb and delicious. Thanks all. - Alastair Robertson

Really enjoyed the tour and appreciated the opportunity to experience the community - Holly Batal

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