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Authentic local culture non touristy experience

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Sydney
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Authentic local culture non touristy experience

Can anyone please help me? I am going to the soccer world cup in June, staying at Cape Town. I have looked into and booked the usual day tours such as wineries, game parks, Table mountain etc however I want to get away from the tourist crowds and experience local culture.

I don't want historic culture but present day life in a town where everyday people live. I would like to experience food that everyday people eat and watch everyday life.

Is there somewhere I can get myself to that is relatively low cost where I can just experience locals going about their lives such as but not just limited to watching a game in a bar in their suburb?

How would I get to this place and will it be safe?

durban
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1. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

You should do a township tour, where you can actually stay at a B&B witht the locals and a local will take you around. speak to the Diva Cape as I think she knows of someone or Vdec for some advice on who to contact. www.kimssouthafrica.blogspot.com

Edited: 1:09 am, January 05, 2010
Cape Town, South...
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2. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

There are more Colored people in the Cape Province than White and Black People combined. So.....if it's a local cultural experience you're after then you should be looking at where the majority of the Colored People live.

Here are some of the suburbs to lo0ok at for B&B's OR HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION:

Walmer Estate; Bo Kaap; Salt River; Kensington; Factreton; Athlone; Grassy Park; etc.....in fact you should go via Cape Town Tourism as well

Also give my pal Joey a call on +27848807012 or +27846025595. He specialises in Home Hosted Dinners and accomodation in Colored Areas and he is extremely busy.

Good Luck

London, United...
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I've heard good things about Nthuseng Tours which organize authentic township tours among many other full and half day tours.

Maybe worth a look?

http://www.nthusengtours.co.za/index.html

Another interesting operator is Coffeebean Routes. They offer all kind of urban experiences, lika Jazz safaris, soccer tours, spiritual tours, etc.

Have a look: www.coffeebeansroutes.com/home-mainmenu-1

Sydney
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4. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

thanks for the comments to date.

Is it not possible to just go to a town and experience the locals without a tour if one takes the usual precautions of not flashing wealth around? Are there major safety/security concerns as I was under the impression that security issues were a bit exaggerated?

I already have overnight accommodation booked in Cape Town so a day trip somewhere would suffice. I would prefer to go to an indigenous ( Black) community, experience a local shop, cafe maybe even a church service as I have heard they have amazing singing, a local park where families would go etc. Just daily life.

Stanley, Falkland...
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Why don't you just hire a car and drive around?

And.... not everything is black and white.

Sydney
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6. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

thanks for the suggestion about driving around....I guess I am trying to get a sense of where to drive to.

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7. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

Strictly speaking.....Khoi and San are the First Nation of Southern Africa. It was so declared by the united nations and accepted by the South African government.

The direct descendants are the Colored People.......black people arrived in Southern Africa at a much, much later period......just some information on the side.

Enjoy your trip....

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8. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

"Strictly speaking.....Khoi and San are the First Nation of Southern Africa. It was so declared by the united nations and accepted by the South African government.

The direct descendants are the Colored People"

To a certain extent, the coloureds are descended from Khoi and San. But most of the Khoi and San were wiped out by the colonials. A coloured person from Cape Town can have Khoi, San, Dutch, French, British, German, other European, Malay, Black (more recent) or pretty much anything else.

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To the original poster:

If you want to get to know the local people, just talk to them. You might hit a language issue, (only about 5% of Capetonians have English as a 1st Language), but if they speak English, they will 90% of the time talk back. South Africans are generally friendly bods.

One nice thing to do is cooking tours. Andulela's Township Cooking Tour and the Cape Malay Cooking Tour in the Bo-Kaap are popular.

Pretoria, South...
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9. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

Hi Izram,

You can experience "the locals" by walking out of your hotel and walking down the street.

Most of the "indigenous" ("black") folk you are referring to are not "indigenous" to Cape Town at all. In fact, they are less indigenous than "white" people, having moved to Cape Town over the past two hundred odd years from the Eastern Cape areas (whereas the "white" folk have been there for about 350 years). Of course, this pales into insignificance, because the original indigenous folk, the Khoi and San folk, who've been around for 10,000 years, were virtually wiped out by both European and African settlers (unless my understanding of history is really challenged - but history was never my hot subject - LOL!).

The "coloured" folk are far more representative of Cape Town's local cultural wealth.

Should you want to visit "black" communities, rather go with a specialist guide you can share the real wealth of these communities with you, and get you where you want to be safely. There are many areas that I, as a very street-wise kid, would never dare to venture. And I can assure you that I'm very comfortable with South Africans (and others) of all backgrounds.

Although there are hundreds of posts on these forums re-assuring visitors of the safety of some areas, and the dangers of others, I'm a little concerned that your generous attitude may just turn you into a statistic.

Sydney
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10. Re: Authentic local culture non touristy experience

thank you for clearing things up about the indigenous side of things Capensis and lamlee, this helps me understand the people a little better as this is my first foray into Sth Africa. One of the reasons I want to mix with the locals rather than just go to football matches is to better understand the currentl local people and their culture.

So does this mean it doesn't matter which town I should go to? No safety or security fears? Just rock up and talk to the locals (in a discreet manner of course)?

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