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Our World in the Township, South Africa

Did you know 53.8%  of people are living below the poverty line in South Africa?

Did you know 27.1% of people are unemployed during the year?

This is only the macro view of South Africa, unfortunately, it does not represent the situation in townships. The poverty and unemployment problems are undoubtedly worse in townships than in the city. People who live in the township are finding it especially hard to secure a job, not only because of high educational inequalities, but also due to the fact that there are insufficient job opportunities in the community. The unemployment problem sustains the vicious cycle of poverty, in which people ultimately approach government for social grants as their major source of income.

The local businesses in townships do not have access to the digital world or social media, leading to low exposure internationally as well as locally. Changes need to be made to ensure local township businesses can access a global platform, whereby granting further job opportunities and community development. This grants a mutually beneficial relationship for locals as well as visitors.

Township business

Unfortunately, very few visitors get to experience the day to day beauty of South African Townships, focusing instead on well-known urban centres such as Table Mountain, Robben Island, Winelands, Waterfront, Safari and more. With most companies offering similar itineraries during the peak tourist season, it can be hard for travellers to experience the “true” nature of South African Townships.

Who we are?

We, DiscoverIkasi showcase the best of South Africa’s townships from our Food, Tours, Museums, Places to party, B&B’s, Sights & Attractions and more… So unlike many other travel sites you’ll encounter on a web search, DiscoverIkasi site is written by people who actually know and experience township life. It is a complete guide to the townships of South Africa and what they have to offer, and the gateway to all the other beautiful areas of Townships.

We serve as a bridge connecting visitors with township business partners by promoting their business on our website and social media. We also provide workshops to educate our business partner so they could run their business more effectively. 

What we are doing?

DiscoverIkasi has come up with a novel way of getting our clients off the well-worn tourist trail, and into the heart of Townships, allowing them to witness first-hand life as it is lived by the vast majority of South Africans. In these lesser travelled areas there is a cultural richness guaranteed to rival the palaces and opulence of City Sightseeing and a colour and tranquillity that will stay with you for ever.

Why are we doing this?

We love what we doing and Township tourism explores the real Township life in a way that benefits both the visitor and the host. This is not just visiting – it is interacting as well. In this way, it will not only be the money that will benefit these communities but the cultural exchange as well.

Through the company’s interactive, socially-conscience tourism policy, DiscoverIkasi has developed unique relationships with many local people and they will help to provide an important additional income.

Through our daily tours, DiscoverIkasi will 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 gains – the locals gain income and get to play a part in the tourism industry. The visitors get to enjoy the fuss made of them, and experience a side of Townships that remains unseen by millions of other tourists.

DiscoverIkasi showcase the best of South Africa’s townships from our Food, Tours, Museums, Bars, Clubs, Rentals, B&B’s, Sights & Attractions and more… So unlike many other travel sites you’ll encounter on a web search, DiscoverIkasi site is written by people who actually know and experience township life. It is a complete guide to the townships of South Africa and what they have to offer, and the gateway to all the other beautiful areas of Townships.

If you would like us to feature your business please email us on info@discoverikasi.co.za