Cape Town City Centre Walkabout
Be immersed in the Mother City’s history in this tour through Cape Town’s city centre. The walking tour intersperses history with new developments, some typical of all growing cities, others unique to Africa and Cape Town. Art historian and official guide Kate Crane Briggs leads you through a tour through time, by way of architecture and art. This walkabout is ideal for visitors to Cape Town or new residents.
Established in the 1650s for food by the Dutch East India Company, the Company’s Garden is situated at the heart of Cape Town. It is appropriately the start of the tour and where we’ll imagine what the landscape was like before the European settlers.
We’ll then go past the Slave Lodge and slave memorials, to “moderne” commercial buildings, typically Art Deco, before a quick visit to the Grand Parade and City Hall, with a view the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest building in South Africa, and District 6 demolished during Apartheid. We’ll then walk downtown – at the centre-stage of Cape Town’s art scene – to see historical buildings, art galleries, and small African markets.
Admire the extraordinary heritage and culture of the Islamic community of Bo-Kaap, an area formerly known as the”Malay Quarter”. Bo-Kaap is a must-see, arguably the most photographed place in Cape Town due to its brightly coloured houses, cobbled stones, dramatic mountain background and architectural styles. We end the tour with a Cape Malay lunch, freshly cooked for us by Faldela Tolker in her purple home.
Please join us – contact Kate directly; booking and pre-payment essential:
firstname.lastname@example.org +27 (0)72 377 8014
Dates: most Tuesdays and Thursday mornings
Time: 9h30, Company’s Garden Restaurant, 5 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town
Cost: R1 000 per person | For the tour only R750 | If you are group of four or more special rates