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Blend the City

~ Langa ~

Cape Town, South Africa

 

A Private Township Immersion.

For one party/account.
Full-day (6 hours).
Available Monday-Friday.

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 Langa, 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. ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ Neighborhood Walkabout

  2. African Cuisine Lunch (included)

  3. African Zumba Class

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 opt-in will receive an email including links to one another’s social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Testimonials

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

Programme

 

Morning 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.

Morning Itinerary

09h00 - 09h30 | Meet & Greet + Orientation @ participants’ hotel or home

09h30 - 10h00 | Travel to Langa

10h00 - 10h15 | Greeting + Icebreaker Activity

10h15 - 11h45 | ‘Walk Down Memory Lane’ neighborhood walkabout
(including a visit to the entrepreneur’s place of work and/or residence)

11h45 - 12h00 | Grace/Free Time
(e.g. • discuss what you’ve just observed and experienced • take photos • exchange contacts)


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 • ‘Step-on, step-off’ Transportation Services • Bottle of Water

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

Lunch

African-Fusion 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 Langa’s outstanding restaurants

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

Includes: • Time with restaurant’s founder to converse and hear stories • One item off the menu per person.

Sector(s) experienced: • Food Business

Afternoon 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.

Afternoon Itinerary

13h45 - 14h00 | Travel to final Langa experience

14h00 - 14h15 | Greeting + Icebreaker Activity

14h15 - 15h15 | African Zumba Class with a youth dance group

15h15 - 15h30 | Grace/Free Time
(e.g. • Watch choreographed dance piece • play djembe drums • take photos • exchange contacts)

15h30 - 16h00 | Travel out of Langa + Drop-Offs

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

Wanting to tweek the programme?
With a private custom immersion, have it your way. Thematize the immersion to a certain sector, or mix and match experiences.
Contact us.

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 Langa entrepreneurs who are registered tourist guides to apply to guide on this immersion. If that’s you, apply here!


FAST FACTS

 

Langa, Cape Town, South Africa

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TOTAL PAX:
Min. 1
Max. 25

PRICING NOTE: 1-5 PAX takes a flat fee of R8,000, then R1250 for every additional PAX.

 
 
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QTY. OF ENTREPRENEUR VISITS:
3

 
 
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START TIME:
9:00 am

 
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DURATION:
7 hours

 
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FREQUENCY:
Available Monday - Friday

 
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LUNCH INCLUDED:
Yes

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

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

 
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AGE RESTRICTIONS:
None.

 
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CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT:

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.


Pricing

First 1-5 PAX: R8000 ($666 USD)

Pay

Thereafter: plus R1250 ($104 USD) per additional person

e.g. 6 PAX = R9,250 | 7 PAX = R10,500 | etc.

To determine amount owed in USD$, multiply Rand amount by 12 (SidebySide fixed exchange rate ceiling* (maximum))

*The current exchange rate applies in the event it is less than ZAR12:USD1

PLEASE NOTE:

• Groups 15+ in size require an additional guide, incurring an additional R2,500 ($208 USD) to your bill.

• The standard payment method with foreign currencies is wire transfer (typically a $35 flat fee), payable by the client.

• Payment via PayPal is available with an 8.9% increase to the bill, payable by the client. Breakdown: 3.9% PayPal transaction fee; 3.5% currency conversion; 1.5% FNB (local bank) transaction fee

* Price
Needing a lower price? Consider a semi-private immersion and, if possible, we will combine you with another private party.
Minimum combined PAX: 8
Reduced Price: R1500 per person

FAQs

 

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  • What's the difference between Scheduled and Private Immersions?

  • What are SidebySide’s safety & security protocols?

  • What sets a SidebySide Immersion apart?

  • How do SidebySide Immersions foster development? Who develops and how?