On the 16 December 2013, Buyel’ Embo Village (Embo), was born. Embo will be more than a restaurant, it will be a traditional village situated in the heart of Mandela Park, Khayelitsha. This is the first of its kind for both our community and the tourists.

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.


As you enter this village, you are welcomed by the excellent landscape and horticulture, giving you a sense of being in the homelands, even though you have never set a foot in rural areas. Embo is a true representation of something that is genuinely (South) African.

Buyel’ Embo Village’s uniqueness lies in it offering great place where people do not only enjoy good traditional food but listen to soul music and bask in traditional dance. A place that can transform to host any event from a birthday party to a corporate event; OR a place where grooms and brides will commit to each other, for life.


To be a community based tourist destination of choice, and cultural village in the modern society that seeks to preserves the spirit of ubuntu through music, dance, cuisine and arts.


To celebrate our arts and culture and the environment through the delivery of creative programs and services.


This village is situated at 19916 or 8 Alfred Nzo Street, Mandela Park and will operate 7 days a week from 10am to 00:00.

This village is managed by the highly gifted and experienced team, led by Mr. and Mrs. Gxothiwe.

Mr. Moses Gxothiwe

Moses Gxothiwe affectionately known as many as GX has largely dedicated his life to crime fighting and related initiatives. He has serve in both the South African Police Services and Cape Town Metropolitan Police for over 14 years. He was once a tour operator and a member of Cape Town Tourism for many years. Now he is running a security business that offers guarding, alarm monitoring and armed response, alarm & CCTV installations and other security related. Buyel’Embo Village was a seed planted in his heart while still running the tour business.

Mrs. Nwabisa Gxothiwe

Nwabisa Gxothiwe is married to Moses Gxothiwe and is an educator by profession and she is currently teaching commercial subjects as a head of department at a senior secondary school level in Khayelitsha for the past twelve (12) years. She has vast experience in teaching and learning environment and has a degree in commerce and has work as training officer for Sea Harvest. She is also a qualified tour guide and has assisted our tour operating business immensely.