My street art tour in Salt River

With over 100 murals, Salt River is the place to be if you like street art. From gigantic to tiny, political to pretty - the variety here is huge. Home to the annual International Public Art Festival for five years 2017-2021 (I am one of their guides), new large murals are being commissioned by the...

Unfinished? Building The Foreshore Freeways (waiting list)

Dr Lisa Kane's walk uses Cape Town's iconic unfinished freeway to talk about modern road design and the politics of urban space here. Her PhD was on the design, construction and early life of the unfinished foreshore freeways. How roads get to be the way they are has been the motivation for Lisa's research and writing....


Vergelegen Garden (Camellias)

Vergelegen Lourensford Road, Somerset West I Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

With over 1 000 camellias, Vergelegen is an International Camellia Garden of Excellence, the only one in Africa. Alistair, our guide who lives close by, helped propagate some of them. A full time tourist guide, Alistair is a consummate story teller; he also loves plants and propagating. He has fascinating stories about the history of...


National Gallery Mahlangu Curator Tour

Hatfield St Company's Garden, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Last chance for a tour of the landmark exhibition, Then I Knew I Was Good at Painting: Esther Mahlangu. A Retrospective. It closes at the Iziko South African National Gallery on August 11, 2024. (It will then go to Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, before the United States in early 2026.) Our tour is led by...


Erik Laubscher & Claude Bouscharain – waiting list

35 Rose Street Bo-Kaap, Western Cape, South Africa

This beautifully designed new, small space has the feel of both a contemporary art gallery and house museum. Dedicated to artists Erik Laubscher (1927 - 2013) and his wife Claude Bouscharain (1922 - 2020), it has a mid century modern feel, in keeping with the style of their art. Our host is one of the...


Salt River Street Art with blind guide

Winston Fani, Cape Town's (and Africa's?) first blind, qualified tourist guide, describes himself as "I'm not disabled. I’m differently abled." Born partially sighted, Winston lost his eye sight completely when he was 11. He grew up in Gqeberha, moved to Cape Town to be with “the love of his life”, Busisiwe who is also blind....


Foodie Walk – Taste the Mother City

Artisanal, local and small, we visit a range of delicious foodie places. All of them started and run by people passionate and dedicated to producing the best possible. - Just like, Dennis Molewa, the leader of our new walking tour. Dennis is a journalist, small business activist and tourist guide. Originally from Germany, he has...


City History, Art, Architecture and Stories

Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

Cape Town landmarks are mixed with hidden gems in this walking tour, led by myself, Kate Crane Briggs. History comes alive. We visit briefly the flower sellers on Trafalgar Place, old General Post Office, Adderley Street, Greenmarket Square and Long Street. I point out Grand Parade, City Hall, Company’s Garden, Parliament, Groote Kerk and the...


Muratie owner tour, wine and lunch

Authentic, working wine farm with a long and fascinating history come to life with our tour by Dr Rijk Melck, who with his family own Muratie. Each wine is named after a person who has played a role in its long history.  Recently this was the Johanna Davids rosé; she has lived on the farm since...


Dr André van Graan’s Art Deco City Walk

Mullers Optometrist 104 Longmarket St, Cape Town

South Africa’s first skyscrapers to detailing in shop and office facades, our popular Art Deco walk is back. Our short route includes St Georges Mall, Greenmarket Square, Wale and Burg Streets. Dr André van Graan is the expert on Art Deco in South Africa. A trained architect, active in heritage and former university lecturer in...


City walk – history, art and architecture

A good one for South Africa's Heritage Month. Classic must-sees are mixed with hidden gems. Repurposed historic buildings, architectural landmarks, hidden away art spaces, new developments...we'll see the good, bad, ugly and beautiful. I point out places of significance and interest. We visit briefly the flower market, old Main Post Office, A4 Foundation, House Union Block,...

Company’s Garden design and trees

17 Queen Victoria Street Company's Garden, Cape Town, South Africa

Landscape architect, Clare Burgess' highly enjoyable and informative walk of Cape Town's central park. The variety of trees is astounding. Some date back hundreds of years, others have planted recently in the style of the old or contemporary. Clare worked at the City for nine years and designed some of the areas in the Garden....