A Portrait of Zwelihle Township in South Africa

Township Tour South Africa

In 2013 I visited Zwelihle, a township in South Africa. It is located in Hermanus, at the Western Cape of South Africa. It is a community of more than 100.000 people. Most people get nervous when they hear the word ‘township’, but my experience was different.

I was blessed to be so warmly welcomed and to meet so many happy people. I had a wonderful guide, Willie, an older charming man, with the biggest smile I have ever seen. I was warmly welcomed into his house in which he lives with his wife Unice. Unice is a big bundle of hope and joy. Such a wonderful person. Willie and Unice grew up in this community. Willie is well known and respected which enables him to bring white people to some parts of the township without being mugged.

While starting our walk families invited me in their small houses; kids were running around and happy to see new faces. I learned about the history, about the apartheid. After years and years you can still feel the apartheid and the struggles some families have to deal with. But I was also happy to feel that people had hope for a better future. Below is a photo impression of my visit. In case you are considering a township tour in South Africa I can definitely recommend it. The money is going directly to the local people in the community.

A little girl in ZwelihleA little girl posing.

The shacks of which there are many in A little girl in ZwelihleThe shacks of which there are many in Zwelihle

Two ladies taking a poseTwo ladies taking a pose

Mother and daughterMother and daughter

The beautiful smiles I saw all aroundThe beautiful smiles I saw all around

Streetview of Zwelihle townshipStreetview of Zwelihle township

A lovely boy who greeted meA lovely boy who greeted me

Beautiful faceBeautiful faces all around me

Mama and her sonMama and her son

Zwalihle houses

Mama and her kids doing shoppingMama and her kids doing shopping

Together with WillyTogether with Willy

Reparing a carThis was a car

Vivian is a dreamer, passionate about Bali and in love with her own Balinese. She also writes about her experiences on her blog Memories Like Tattoos.

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