Loyiso Mfuku of Khayelitsha Travel and Tours helps to create customised holiday packages for South Africa, Africa and MSC cruises. They include sightseeing with experienced guides conducting township tours, cultural tours, jubilee tours, adventurous tours, balloon trips and safaris. Here, he tells us his favourite things to do in his suburb.
Where do you live? I live in Khayelitsha – there’s a real sense of community in my area. Here people support and appreciate valuable ideas. It’s business unusual because people explore new and exciting opportunities every day.
Is there an organisation in your community doing something special? A young man who makes furniture from old car tyres. In light of environmental awareness, it is refreshing to know that there are people who are making a living by creating products from the things we throw away, like wood, plastic and tyres. He also goes out of his way to work with school children to educate them about tyre recycling.
Favourite sundowner spot? The Milk restaurant is a popular spot for dining and celebrations. The triple storey boutique restaurant is one-of-a-kind, serving cocktails on its mountain facing balcony. Choose your favourite meal from a menu designed by private chef and Top Chef SA runner-up Ayabonge Gope.
Neighbourhood Eatery? 4Roomed eKasi Culture was recently included in the top 30 world’s best restaurants by American Food & Wine and Travel & Leisure. Enjoy a dish made from SA’s unique ingredients, cooked by MasterChef South Africa 2014 contestant Abigail Mbalo.
Hidden Gem? The Spinach King, which bakes bread made of spinach that’s found nowhere else but in Khayelitsha. The bakery promotes the consumption of nutritious spinach by producing innovative baked goods from spinach.
Best Hike/Walk/Cycle Trail? Khayelitsha wetlands is an excellent thriving ecosystem and home to a range of flora and fauna. The wetland is a good example of ecotourism and the environmental education of locals and tourists, and it’s an excellent destination for families with live music every Sunday. There is a 3km trail along the wetland which is perfect for guided walks. Here visitors can meet Siyanda, the founder of the Khayelitsha canoe club, who is happy to take visitors on a guided walking experience around his community and the wetland or cycle with ABC Concept.
The best experience in Cape Town and surrounds? Spine Road in Khayelitsha. Dubbed the Long Street of Khayelitsha it attracts about 2500 visitors every weekend. Visitors are spoiled for choice: shopping, drinking holes and entertainment. Bring your own camp chair, cooler box and make sure your car has good music!