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Get a taste of township life by visiting Langa near Pinelands. Eat, sleep, shop and party in Cape Town’s oldest, most vibrant township.

Far removed from its humble and spartan origins as a hostel hub, modern-day Langa boasts schools, sporting facilities and clinics.

Meet sangomas and traditional healers; shop at local markets; sup on African delicacies and party township style, while supporting one of the poorest areas of the Mother City. Beadwork, pottery and recycled goods are sold in and around Langa.

The Eziko Restaurant offers a memorable African eating experience. The Eziko Restaurant, (+27 (0)21 694 0434), is linked to the Eziko Cooking and Catering School, which was set up to teach members of the local community to cook and so provide them with marketable skills. Eziko is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on prior request, and is a popular stop with tour operators.

Consider spending a night or two in Langa. Ma Neo’s Township Bed and Breakfast, (+27 (0)21 694 2504), provides a homely, welcoming atmosphere in which to put your feet up after a day of perusing local fare. Guests are treated to a rare opportunity to listen to the history of life under apartheid from those directly affected by it.

For those looking to see how the residents of Langa are uplifting themselves, the Tsoga Environmental Resource Centre, (+27 (0)21 694 0004), is a good place to visit. The centre offers youth programmes that revolve around life skills, training, job creation and environmental education.

If it’s shopping you’re after, Guga S’thebe Arts & Culture Centre, (+27 (0)21 695 3493), is must-visit. Housed in a brightly coloured building, the centre, like many of the businesses in Langa, is dedicated to the empowerment of the local people. The centre has exhibition areas, where there are regular exhibitions, art studios and a resource centre.

Once you’ve wandered the streets of Langa, stop for a drink at a local shebeen (township tavern), sit back and absorb the local flavour.

General Info

    Formal name:

    Guga S'thebe Library

    Web links:

    http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Langa

    Web links with UA facilities:

    no

    Tourism products and facilities offered:

    no

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    no

    Shaded or covered areas:

    Yes

    Accredited:

    Yes

    Accrediting agencies:

    Cape Town Tourism

    Linked to local pedestrian walkways:

    No

    Tactile warning systems at vehicular crossings:

    No

    Signage indicating alternative access:

    No

    Public transport:

    No

    Accessible parking:

    No

    Accessible without having to negotiate any stairs:

    No

    Security control at the entrance:

    No

    Type of entrance door:

    manual

    Clear opening width of the gate or first opening leaf of the entrance door:

    750mm

    Door handles fitted to gate or door:

    Leaver

    Door handles location above floor:

    800mm

    Glass panels in the door:

    No

    Location of the reception at the entrance:

    Yes

    Location of the reception desk clearly visible and easily identifiable from the entrance door:

    No

    Obstacles in the path of travel or close to the path of travel from the entrance door to the reception desk

    Yes, stair into building.

    Reception desk height:

    750mm

    Colour of the wall or surface behind the reception desk:

    Green

    Wall or surface reflective:

    No

    Information available at the reception desk:

    no

    Background noise at the reception desk:

    No

    Information is available at the information / reception desk:

    None

    Casual seating:

    No

    Access routes to access all elements of the attraction level:

    No

    Clear signage in the building indicating the location of facilities including toilets:

    No

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities:

    No

    Other workstations where visitors might need to sit:

    No

    Electronic visual displays:

    No

    Electronic, localized radio information or audio guides available at the attraction for visitors:

    No

    Possible to link to any websites or electronic broadcasts while visiting the attraction?:

    No

    Other information available:

    Displays, expo boxes

    Available in large text format:

    No

    Available in braille:

    No

    Available in voice format:

    No

    Staff that have received specialized training to provide universal access support to visitors:

    No

    Staff with sign language capability:

    No

    Loop systems installed in the building:

    No

Contact Details

  • Address: Mdolombo Street, Langa, Cape Town, 7456, South Africa
  • GPS: -33.94415654070572,18.52645754814148

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