The AWOL Tours Community cycle tour proves to be our most popular tour amongst our international guests. I`ve recently conducted a tour to the Masiphumelele township with 30 high- spirited students from the Providence Day School, a very prestigious high school in North Carolina in the U.S.A. There was an air of excitement and expectancy amongst the students when they stepped foot into the township.

The AWOL Tours Community cycle tour proves to be our most popular tour amongst our international guests. I`ve recently conducted a tour to the Masiphumelele township with 30 high- spirited students from the Providence Day School, a very prestigious high school in North Carolina in the U.S.A. There was an air of excitement and expectancy amongst the students when they stepped foot into the township.

The AWOL Tours Community cycle tour proves to be our most popular tour amongst our international guests. I`ve recently conducted a tour to the Masiphumelele township with 30 high- spirited students from the Providence Day School, a very prestigious high school in North Carolina in the U.S.A. There was an air of excitement and expectancy amongst the students when they stepped foot into the township.

Masiphumelele is a township in Cape Town, South Africa, situated between Kommetjie, Capri Village and Noordhoek. Innitially known as Site 5, the township was renamed Masiphumelele by its residents, which is a Xhosa word meaning “We will succeed.” The tour started off with lunch prepared by a lady named Zama. The lunch was so delicious that some of the students went for second and third helpings!

After lunch the students was divided into groups of five to embark on a cycle tour of the township guided by myself and some amazing tour guides named Zwai, Tembelani, Terra, Tami and Mxolisi. The students enjoyed the interaction with children from a local educare centre, where they participated in painting with the children, as well as joining them in singing nursery rhymes. Most of the children in townships grow up having sheltered childhoods, and the community township tours provide opportunities for some of the children to interact with people from different race and social status.

The much anticipated soccer match between the Masiphumelele High School and the students provided much fun and entertainment, as the Masiphumelele boys thrashed the Providence Day School students. The rivalry was great on the soccer pitch with many of the US students coming off second best. The interaction after the match where some of the students exchanged soccer jerseys and shared oranges and fruit juice, was a clear indication that the tough soccer match was a thing of the past.

The highlight of the day however was the interactive drumming conducted by a multi-talented musician named Jamie. The students enjoyed every moment as Jamie taught them the art of African drumming. As the day came to an end, some of the students were very sad to leave the township. Some even mentioned that it was their most exciting day on their tour itinerary. On this particular day, Masiphumelele has certainly lived up to its name as the town “which will succeed”.

by Leonard McMillan

Masiphumelele is a township in Cape Town, South Africa, situated between Kommetjie, Capri Village and Noordhoek. Innitially known as Site 5, the township was renamed Masiphumelele by its residents, which is a Xhosa word meaning “We will succeed.” The tour started off with lunch prepared by a lady named Zama. The lunch was so delicious that some of the students went for second and third helpings!

After lunch the students was divided into groups of five to embark on a cycle tour of the township guided by myself and some amazing tour guides named Zwai, Tembelani, Terra, Tami and Mxolisi. The students enjoyed the interaction with children from a local educare centre, where they participated in painting with the children, as well as joining them in singing nursery rhymes. Most of the children in townships grow up having sheltered childhoods, and the community township tours provide opportunities for some of the children to interact with people from different race and social status.

The much anticipated soccer match between the Masiphumelele High School and the students provided much fun and entertainment, as the Masiphumelele boys thrashed the Providence Day School students. The rivalry was great on the soccer pitch with many of the US students coming off second best. The interaction after the match where some of the students exchanged soccer jerseys and shared oranges and fruit juice, was a clear indication that the tough soccer match was a thing of the past.

The highlight of the day however was the interactive drumming conducted by a multi-talented musician named Jamie. The students enjoyed every moment as Jamie taught them the art of African drumming. As the day came to an end, some of the students were very sad to leave the township. Some even mentioned that it was their most exciting day on their tour itinerary. On this particular day, Masiphumelele has certainly lived up to its name as the town “which will succeed”.

by Leonard McMillan

Masiphumelele is a township in Cape Town, South Africa, situated between Kommetjie, Capri Village and Noordhoek. Innitially known as Site 5, the township was renamed Masiphumelele by its residents, which is a Xhosa word meaning “We will succeed.” The tour started off with lunch prepared by a lady named Zama. The lunch was so delicious that some of the students went for second and third helpings!

After lunch the students was divided into groups of five to embark on a cycle tour of the township guided by myself and some amazing tour guides named Zwai, Tembelani, Terra, Tami and Mxolisi. The students enjoyed the interaction with children from a local educare centre, where they participated in painting with the children, as well as joining them in singing nursery rhymes. Most of the children in townships grow up having sheltered childhoods, and the community township tours provide opportunities for some of the children to interact with people from different race and social status.

The much anticipated soccer match between the Masiphumelele High School and the students provided much fun and entertainment, as the Masiphumelele boys thrashed the Providence Day School students. The rivalry was great on the soccer pitch with many of the US students coming off second best. The interaction after the match where some of the students exchanged soccer jerseys and shared oranges and fruit juice, was a clear indication that the tough soccer match was a thing of the past.

The highlight of the day however was the interactive drumming conducted by a multi-talented musician named Jamie. The students enjoyed every moment as Jamie taught them the art of African drumming. As the day came to an end, some of the students were very sad to leave the township. Some even mentioned that it was their most exciting day on their tour itinerary. On this particular day, Masiphumelele has certainly lived up to its name as the town “which will succeed”.

by Leonard McMillan