STREET

Walk – snack – chat

Enjoy a relaxed walk around Zwelihle, sampling the delicious food from various food vendors, and chatting to passers by.

Zwelihle in Hermanus is home to people from all Africa.  The food is a reflection of the diversity of the local population, but mostly it is determined by the fresh food products which are easily available locally.

The local municipality has not kept up with housing or land demands in Zwelihle.  And like in so many townships in South Africa, accommodation in Zwelihle is scarce, expensive and generally very cramped.  As you walk through a few different areas such as Marikana, you will see many different kinds of houses:  RDP houses, old Apartheid era township houses, new flats owned by wealthy township landlords, backyard shacks, wagnbietjie (wait-a-while) shacks, luxury homes owned by government officials, etc. 

But the one thing that all the homes have in common, is that they are built on a tiny piece of land and that they are all very close to each other.  The result is that there is a busy vibrant street culture.  Children play in the streets; teenagers socialize whilst walking; gogos (old women) chat to passers by; church congregants parade their colorful outfits on weekends;  but mostly people eat.  And eating is a social activity, sharing food with the people around you. 

The spaza shops (small township shops) are open all the time for convenient grocery shopping; the magwinya (fried dumpling) ladies get up early in the morning to catch the breakfast trade;   the ladies who work the fires catch the kids coming back from school or workers on their way home; the skaapkop (sheep’s head) vendors are mostly at the taxi rank selling their wares for take aways for a group of people; umnqushu (samp and beans) with beef stew, chakalaka (curried vegetable pickle) and beetroot salad for a hearty healthy meal; the shisa nyamas (barbecue meat restaurants) cater for late night munchies. 

Join us on a walking tour through the streets of Zwelihle, with a local guide, who has intimate knowledge of the township and the food vendors.   He will take you to his favorite eating spots and you will sample the iconic local dishes.

A percentage of the purchase price of this tour is donated to the Siyazama Old Age Home in Zwelihle which serves a daily lunch to some of the old age pensioners. 

What to expect

Included
  • Door to door transport
  • Guided walking tour of Zwelihle
  • Snacks from the fires, shisa nyama, umnqushu, magwinya
  • Bottled water
Excluded
  • Beer or drinks for guests own account
  • Skaapkop
How to prepare
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Small cameras
  • No bags or jewelry

When

All year round

Monday to Friday
12h00 – 15h00

Where

Hermanus
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Cost

From R650 per person

 

Numbers

Min: 2 people Max: 8 People

 

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” 

– Anthony Bourdain

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People are saying...

What an amazing and diverse experience Danny and Shirley have put together in the Western Cape. We made our own wine (I now know how easy it is to make bad wine!) we made our own sausages with the most interesting couple – they were the best sausages I’ve ever tasted – straight off the braai at their farm.  The wetland walk was invigorating and made us feel we could indulge guilt free in the most delicious gourmet lunch afterwards …… and the wine. The weekend was FUN and I loved it.

Thank you Danny, and thank you Shirley 

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