The Roving Bantu

Sifiso ka-Silas Ntuli is the Bantu-in-Chief of Roving Bantu Konsepts, a company that provides extraordinary and very different experiences to tourists and travellers. It includes the Kitchen in Brixton, where they serve Afro-Soul Food alongside some of the finest sounds in Afro Jazz and Soul music — the best that Mzansi has on offer.

“Roving Bantu Konsepts also offers a monthly Roving Bantu Trek, a walking tour of Brixton and Fietas — BriXfiet not Brexit — that ends at the graves of Villiamal Munusamy and Enoch Sontonga at the Braamfontein Cemetery,” says Ntuli. “This tour showcases that there is so much more to South Africa’s history and heritage of struggle beyond Vilakazi Street.”

The company is focused on creating tours and experiences that are built around South Africa’s cultural heritage and tourism. Ntuli’s role is the cultural and artistic director, and he uses it to answer questions such as: what is South African culture? What spaces are important?

“I was inspired by the fact that there are hardly any quintessentially Msawawa spaces beyond the known Euro-American ones and wanted to create something that really uncovered what makes us authentically South African,” says Ntuli. “To see what we do, join us for our Freedom Weekend Speshal that starts on Thursday April 25 with a book launch featuring the legendary Madala Bafo Kunene and asks – who was Moses Molelekwa?”

The Roving Bantu is not a restaurant, it is an eatery blended with a living museum, rich with culture and spiced with history. The experiences are designed to be unique, yet familiar, and to make people feel at home. The tours and treks created by Roving Bantu take tourists off the beaten track and into spaces and places that they will never see on other tours. Expect to catch live music, meet people, explore new spaces, and eat delicious food.

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Tamsin Oxford
Tamsin Oxford
I am a professional editor, journalist, blogger, wordsmith, social junkie and writer with over 19 years of experience in both magazine publishing and Public Relations.

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