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Blend the City

~ Khayelitsha ~

Cape Town, South Africa


A Scheduled Township Immersion.

Open to the public.
Full-day (6 hours).
Every Saturday.

Designed with the aspirational leisure traveler and Capetonian in mind, this immersion is for anyone yearning to discover and enjoy the uniqueness of the townships. It’s your chance to interact meaningfully with the awesome, imaginative, industrious people residing in Khayelitsha, transforming the community from the inside. Sorry—you won’t be doing shallow, hasty visits to inauthentic “attractions” designed mostly for tourists—edible sheep head stands, traditional-healer stores, pseudo-taverns. Instead, you get inspiration through a diverse ‘blend’ of entrepreneurs and experiences from different sectors.

Immersion Highlights

  1. African Zumba Class

  2. African Cuisine Lunch (included)

  3. ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ Neighborhood Walkabout

Post-Immersion Perks

  • HD Footage of your immersion timeously sent to you via Google Drive

  • Social Media networking service: All entrepreneurs and immersion participants who opts-in will receive an email including links to one another’s social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc.)


Needing a Private Immersion rather? 'Blend the City' Langa is available Monday to Friday.



For information on the entrepreneurs set to run these experiences, please refer to the Blend the City Calendar and select a specific date.

Morning Highlight Experience

African Zumba Class

No where else can you experience a Zumba class remixed for Africa, alongside a youth dance group. Try your hand (and foot) at some of the local styles: African Dance, Afro-Fusion, Kasi Jive, Pantsula, Kwela, Traditional Xhosa & Traditional Tswana. Prepare to break a sweat in this exhilarating aerobic experience.

Morning Itinerary

09h00 - 10h00 | Pickups
(from any requested location in Cape Town City Centre or the Atlantic Seaboard)

10h00 - 10h30 | Travel to Khayelitsha + Aural Orientation

10h30 - 10h45 | Greeting + Icebreaker Activity

10h45 - 11h45 | African Zumba Class

11h45 - 12h00 | Grace/Free Time
(e.g. • Watch choreographed dance piece • play djembe drums • take photos • exchange contacts)

Includes: • PA System Hire • Private Venue Hire • African fabric and beads to optionally adorn yourself • Youngsters from a local song-and-dance youth club whom you’ll be moving and grooving alongside.

Sector(s) experienced
: • Youth Development • The Arts & Design


African Cuisine

The most tender and zesty stories get shared over a meal. You’ll be floored by some of the stories our Food Business entrepreneurs have to tell.

Midday Itinerary

12h00 - 12h15 | Travel to one of Khayelitsha’s outstanding restaurants

12h15 - 13h45 | Lunch + Stories from Restaurant’s founder

Includes: • Time with restaurant’s founder to converse and hear stories • Welcoming snacks • African plate (including roasted chicken & vegetables, samp & beans, and pap served with gravy) • Choice of a soft drink, coffee or a juice.

Sector(s) experienced: • Food Business

Afternoon Highlight Experience

Walk Down Memory Lane

Seeing is believing. Visiting the sites where the entrepreneur’s personal transformation took place and hearing their stories is a powerful act. A walkabout through a neighborhood is, furthermore, a great way to start gaining an understanding of a contemporary township entrepreneur’s milieu and lifeworld, the challenges and the opportunities alike.

Afternoon Itinerary

13h45 - 14h00 | Travel to final Khayelitsha experience

14h00 - 14h15 | Greeting + Icebreaker Activity

14h15 - 15h15 | ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ neighborhood walkabout
(including a visit to the entrepreneur’s place of work and/or residence)

15h15 - 15h30 | Grace/Free Time
(e.g. • discuss what you’ve just observed and experienced • take photos • exchange contacts)

15h30 - 16h30 | Travel out of Khayelitsha + Drop-Offs

Includes: • Numerous authentic stories told by the entrepreneur • Visit to the entrepreneur’s place of work and/or residence, amongst a handful of other pitstops • ‘Hop-on, hop-off’ Transportation Services • Bottle of Water

Most Likely Sector(s): • Social Services & Social Justice • Green Economy

Meet the Entrepreneurs

Your Guide

Jason Woolf

Tourism company founded: SidebySide Township Development
Other companies guiding for: Ilios Travel, freelance
Tourist Guide Registration No.
: WC 10742
Provinces: Western Cape & Eastern Cape
Guiding since: 2017 (officially), 2014 (unofficially)


Jason was born in the U.S. shortly after his South African parents immigrated to the country. He designed his own degree at New York University called Social Entrepreneurship and Cultural Revitalization, a degree with so much freedom that it allowed him to live in Khayelitsha—Cape Town’s largest township—for a year to build out Umbiyozo Foundation, the umbrella youth development organization he founded at age 17. Equipped thereafter with relative fluency in IsiXhosa, intimate knowledge of the townships, and heightened consciousness of a world and country with vast economic and cultural disparities, Jason is partnering with tourism to bridge worlds.

Jason has served numerous tourists ad hoc through Umbiyozo Foundation, but started officially guiding in 2017 once he became registered by the National Department of Tourism to guide throughout the Western Cape and Eastern Cape regions.

He feels that South Africa has the perfect blend of assets and opportunities to use tourism to become a model of global co-existence and poverty alleviation for the entire world. A nascent democracy, novel and authentic customs, and a vital, humble spirit are but a few of SA’s most special drawcards for visitors seeking to find and offer hope of a better, shared future.

Although living at home with his 94-year-old grandfather, he intends before long to move to Langa, Cape Town’s oldest township that leads the way in tourism. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing guitar and singing, playing tennis, hiking, and taking joyrides on his moped.

Did you know…

Jason and SidebySide are actively seeking Khayelitsha entrepreneurs who are registered tourist guides to apply to guide on this immersion. If that’s you, apply here!



Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa

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Min. 8
Max. 25




10:00 am


6 hours


Every Saturday




Videography services, lunch, all transportation, guiding services, Zumba Class venue, Zumba Class PA System, bottled water, experiences with the entrepreneurs and entrance fees.

Tip for the guide, tip for the entrepreneurs, beer/wine with lunch, gift purchases





Comfortable clothing. Feel free to bring your iPhones and Galaxy’s.
Note: Avoid overly ostentatious attire (e.g. expensive jewellery), however, please do wear clothes that you feel proud of and confident in.


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* Price


1 PAX: R2000


($125 USD)

2 PAX: R4000


($250 USD)

3 PAX: R6000


($375 USD)

4 PAX: R8000


($500 USD)

Pricing Info

The amount owed in USD$ is determined by:

1) Multiplying Rand amount by 12 (SidebySide fixed exchange rate ceiling (maximum)). N.B. The current exchange rate applies in the event it is less than ZAR12:USD1

Only if paying via PayPal:

2) Multiplying the figure from step #1 above by 1.089, to reflect a 8.9% increase to the bill to cover fees, payable by the client. Breakdown: 3.9% PayPal transaction fee; 3.5% currency conversion; 1.5% FNB (local bank) transaction fee


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By booking a seat, you give entrepreneurs exposure and seed capital, and so help to socio-economically blend the city.



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