With its high unemployment rate and millions of its residents living in shacks, Cape Town boasts South Africa’s poorest neighbourhoods. Places like Langa, Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, and Khayamandi are among the fastest growing townships in South Africa; and with that comes crime, extreme poverty and, a community infrastructure which can only be described as dismal. With all these notorious titles, there seems to be little hope for these townships and it’s residents.
However, if you look beyond the timber and sheet metal roofs, you’ll find a new-ish tribe of tourism entrepreneurs who want to metamorphose the way the world views Cape Town townships, and in turn, boost its economic growth.
DiscoverIkasi is one such enterprise. At our very core, we aim to promote township businesses by providing an online platform where they can showcase their services. We’ve embraced technology as we’ve realised that for people to know about these businesses – there needs to be a one-stop portal where people can easily find them.
We currently host 42 black-owned business on our site, ranging from restaurants, B&B’s, coffee shops, bike tour services, ceramic artists and even photographers.
We love what we do because our tours explore real township life in a way that benefits both the visitor and the hosts. This is not just visiting – it is interacting with locals as well. In this way, it will not only be the money that will benefit these communities but the ever important cultural exchange.
Through the company’s interactive, socially-conscience tourism policy, DiscoverIkasi has developed unique relationships with many local people and we help to provide an important additional income. We work with independent attractions in the community by contributing a portion of your booking towards each of these businesses.
The wonderful thing about this kind of tourism is that everyone benefits – the locals gain income and get to play a part in the tourism industry, whereas the visitors get to enjoy the fuss made of them, and experience a side of township life that remains unseen by millions of other tourists.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you’re South African or from abroad – make a difference and book with us today!