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Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

Keeping Time: African Drumming Class in a Cape Town Township

I am, perhaps, the least ‘African’ person I know. However, I do, for a very white guy have rhythm enough to play rhythm and bass guitar and drums without embarrassing myself. Dancing, however, is another matter altogether… All the same, coming to Africa as a...
The Art of African Beading

The Art of African Beading

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year...
Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Touring Cape Town’s Townships

Faldela had already taught us the meaning of Ubuntu – sharing, interconnectedness, being open and available – and we would see it in action during a day spent touring the townships of Cape Town. There had been no question about it. We had to visit...
A Local Guide to Cape Town

A Local Guide to Cape Town

Sabelo Maku is a man with a big smile and a heart equally as large. He’s a guy with the kind of warmth, generosity of spirit and openness that you want in a tour guide. He’s the kind of person who epitomises the African concept...
Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Jet lag makes you do the strangest things. We had arrived at our holiday rental in Cape Town in the late afternoon after three flights that took us half way around the world, desperate to try to get our body clocks – by this stage...
Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cape Town‘s Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is beloved for its picture-postcard streetscapes with their candy coloured terrace houses, cobblestones and quaint mosques. However, the real attractions for us are the aromas that waft from its kitchens and the chance to do some cooking in Cape Town – Cape Malay...
Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Cape Town Take-Homes: Traditional African Crafts

Sprawled across several floors in a colossal Victorian building on Cape Town’s cool Long Street, the Pan African Market is a one-stop-shop for African souvenirs. You can spend hours browsing the warren of dozens of small shops selling traditional and contemporary tribal art, handicrafts, textiles,...
Ways of Seeing Cape Town

Ways of Seeing Cape Town

In Cape Town, as we did in Barcelona, we decided to play at being tourists for a day. Here are a few ways of seeing Cape Town and our verdicts as to which are worthwhile. We’ve resisted sightseeing and ticking off attractions in most of the...