Kids meet Kids

23. June 2010 by Ludger

We “force” all our visitors for a SOWETO tour,
not with a commercial tour operator, but with Phaphama (, an NGO that runs community based tourism initiative to generate funds for their community work and generate income for the people (often unumployed) who guide or host these visits.
The kids were doubtful whether a SOWETO tour was feasible since they had got tickets for the Germany game on that very day (June 23rd).

What a surprise when we told that Soccer City was in SOWETO. So no resitance touring SOWETO the day, watching the game the evening and even staying over night.
One unique feature of community based tourism with Phaphama is the flexibility organizing the tour according to special interests.
Severine was wondering how the local women manage to carry their babies on their backs just wrapped with a blanket.

So why not asking how it works while visiting a kindergarten in an informal settlement in SOWETO?

Directly interacting with the locals, sharing their table manners – for sure a lasting experience.

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