Kayamandi Tour and Xhosa Lunch

Standard Kayamandi Tour in Stellenbosch by Bites and Sites Food Tours


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This culturally insightful tour begins in the beautiful- Kayamandi “Sweet Home” Township. Discover the everyday life of the locals in this historic settlement while getting a personal insight into their culture and unique African lifestyle.

Experience this first hand from one of the fully equipped local tour guides, born and raised directly from the Kayamandi Township itself. Bask in the rustic scenery the township has to offer while embracing and respecting the fundamentals of this spectacular African community.

After walking through its untouched roads, you are invited to one of our noble iXhosa’s mama’s homes. She looks forward to welcoming you with both arms, giving you a proper African hug and telling you about the many great township stories from her day. Of course, our mama's will never let you leave on an empty stomach so expect to savour deliciously authentic African cuisine, some of which was Nelson Mandela's favorites as well as what he grew up on.

What people say

Really enjoyed the tour and appreciated the opportunity to experience the community...  -  Holly Batal.



3 hours 30 minutes


Monday to Saturday excluding 24 - 26 Dec, 31 Dec, 01 Jan and Easter weekend. The tour is closed on Sundays.


Meet at 47 Church / Kerk Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch 7599, at Stellenbosch Wine Routes Office. Two options to get to Kayamandi township 3 km outside the town centre: 1) our guide can join you in your vehicle, OR 2) we can assist in organising transfers from central Stellenbosch to Kayamandi (which you settle directly with transfer company).


The running of the tour is not subject to the weather.

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Walking tour with a specialist Kayamandi guide. Meet local entrepreneurs and talented artists. See exciting community development projects (visit to a day-care centre for toddlers on weekdays), Visit a spaza shop (local 'corner' shop). Sit down for a large Xhosa lunch in a family home: enjoy a variety of dishes that are traditionally prepared for the harvest-time feast and wash it down with home-made ginger beer. Receive a small, hand-crafted souvenir. We'll e-mail you recipes to try at home.


Excludes transport between Stellenbosch and Kayamandi township. Own vehicle / transfer is required, or we can assist in organising transfers (which you settle direct with transfer company).

Opinions On Kayamandi Tour and Xhosa Lunch

What the locals say about Kayamandi Tour and Xhosa Lunch.

Holly Batal

Really enjoyed the tour and appreciated the opportunity to experience the community

Alastair Robertson

Our tour was fantastic, thanks to both guides for a very interesting tour. Lunch was superb and delicious. Thanks all.


Thank you Thembi, you did a great job in showing us around Kayamandi and introducing us to the history, life and culture of your extended family. Highly recommended!


The tour around Kayamandi with Thembi was great. She is very knowledgeable, but aboveall very fun to hang out with. She was very enthusiastic about her neighbourhood in which she has almost popstar status :-) Also the food was great, while Thembi explained a bit about the background of the food and what place food has in the township's life. Thembi explained in an interesting way how life in the township is, from her own experience and that of her community. Definately recommend in case you would like to get (literally) a taste of the life in the townships.


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