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Meet Ntsika Daki, the local creative helping black youth reclaim outdoor spaces

There's a new hiking club in Cape Town that's climbing into the hearts of many locals.

Art Director, Ntsika Daki founded the 'Hiking with iDaki' initiative to help black youth reclaim public spaces and to boost social cohesion through outdoor activities.

Twice a week, this group of young and consciously black individuals conquer hiking trails and fun outdoor routes across the Mother City.

Daki explains that he was inspired to action after experiencing great discomfort and racial tension when hiking with friends earlier this year.

Our experiences on the mountain were very uncomfortable... you'd have people hiding phones, not wanting to use the same ladders as us or making problematic remarks..

Ntsika Daki, founder of Hiking with iDaki

With almost 25 hiking trips since early March, the group has grown and he says that it has received a lot of positive responses.

On Mondays, the group hikes up Lions Head at 6PM and the trek focuses strongly on fitness.

While on Saturdays, they hike up Table Mountain Platteklip Gorge at 8AM, for a more social gathering.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

WATCH: Hiking with iDaki helping black youth come together and stay active

Interested in joining this cool community? Like their Facebook page or follow Ntsika Daki on Twitter.


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