Gugulethu is a colourful combination of vibrant life and the problems associated with poverty, making a visit to the township unforgettable.
Gugs, as Gugulethu is often called, was originally called Nyanga West and was established to accommodate the many migrant workers who moved to Cape Town from the rural Transkei region. It is 20km from Cape Town. The community has embraced the tourism industry, so there is no shortage of restaurants, jazz clubs and B&Bs. Visit the township’s tourism centre, called Sivuyile, meaning ”we are happy”, at the corner of NY1 and NY4. Take some time to wander around the art and craft shop, which stocks the work of local artists and art students. There is a wide selection of sculptures, ceramics, bead work, traditional clothing and textiles on offer. The township is best visited as part of a guided tour, which will take in all its sights and sounds.