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Township Experience

Port Elizabeth

Activity Description

Townships are the communities in which most of the diverse South African population lives. Stemming out of the oppressive era of Apartheid, when residents of colour were prohibited from living within the suburbs, townships earned the reputation of being poverty-stricken areas where clean amenities and facilities were lacking. However, over the past few years, townships have emerged from these challenges as a culture-rich environment, home to a large spectrum of this Rainbow Nation.

Most of the townships, particularly in Port Elizabeth, are still made up largely of shacks – homes made by the inhabitants out of corrugated iron, wooden pallets, even paper and cardboard. Clearly, there remain economic challenges within these areas, which are usually located on the outskirts of a city’s commercial and suburban centre.

Despite various challenges, any visitor to the South African townships will notice the vibrant spirit that permeates their homes and residents. This sense of community is commonly referred to as “Ubuntu”. Port Elizabeth’s extensive townships are no exception.

Join us in experiencing these cultural hotspots and see how millions of South Africans live. This is truly an unforgettable experience.


DurationOpen Ended
WhenAll year around
WherePort Elizabeth
WeatherThis service is weather dependent.
What to WearBe prepared for all weather conditions
Things to Bring- Camera - Sunscreen - Hat - Sunglasses
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed, only paying guest.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelBeginner

Inclusions and Exclusions


Pick up & drop off
Local guide



Walmer Township
Visit a local shebeen
Experience township life through the eyes of a local
Traditional lunch with a local family
Unique cultural experience

Customer Reviews

Very interesting. Zanemvula was bringing me life in a township closer and showed me also different projects. Thanks for this expierence - Kuriger Markus

We had an absolutely fantastic day on our township tour. Our guides were brilliant and so friendly. We met some lovely people and enjoyed visiting a local butcher for our lunch, which was cooked at a communal brai area. A really great insight into township life and one we are so glad we did during our visit to South Africa. I would really recommend adding this to any trip. - Carly Bewick

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