Docks’ history by boat V&A

V&A Waterfront

Enjoy learning about the harbour, past and present, with author, educationist and maritime historian, Brian Ingpen. Being on the water in a small boat, chartered exclusively for this tour, is so enjoyable and gives a new perspective on Cape Town. Brian has loved visiting the Waterfront since he was a child living in Pinelands. He...

R550

Texturing Absence – Woodstock Beach exhibition tour

This new, different kind of exhibition has been created by Molly Anderson.  It is at 6 Spin Street in the heart of Cape Town. Archival photographs, texts and art-objects gesture to the many histories of Woodstock Beach, and invite us to look more curiously at what is around us. What stories can we read from...

R400

Castle of Good Hope history

Jeanne Bonnema's carefully researched and popular tour covers a fascinating and wide range of stories about the Castle - from its creation to secret army activities during WW2, bombing during Apartheid and her own slave ancestry. We visit places spanning the Dutch East India Company's official buildings and small British military jail, the provost to...

R400

Company’s Garden landscaping and trees

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

Clare Burgess' highly enjoyable and informative walk is back by popular demand. Cape Town's central green lung is full of a variety of trees, stories  and landscaping design styles. Some of the plants date back hundreds of years, others have planted recently. Initially a farm created and maintained by enslaved labour in the 17th century,...

R400

City walk – history, art and architecture

Grant Parade

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 – Castle of Good Hope, District 6, Old Granary (now the Tutu Foundation), Anglican and Catholic Cathedrals, Groote Kerk and slave history...

R400

Western Cape Archive behind-the-scenes

A treasure trove of original documents stretching back from the mid 1600s to the present. Join us for a tour of the Western Cape Archive, followed by a brief presentation of how best to use this phenomenal, free resource. Our host and leader is Helen Joannides who is in charge of public programmes and outreach...

R400

Salt River street art

Salt River, with over 100 murals, is the best place to see street art in the Mother City. From gigantic to tiny, political to pretty - the variety 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...

R400

Retail in architectural detail

The range and calibre of retail architecture is wide and generally under-appreciated in Cape Town's city centre.  Architects include Harrods of London's designer, Louis Blanc, to Cape Town's pioneering modernist, Max Policansky. This new tour is led by Brett McDougall. His retailing career includes senior positions at Massmart, Builders Warehouse and SPAR. Brett is passionate...

R400

Paardevlei History Ex Explosive Works

Somerset West 25 De Beers Avenue, Paardevlei, Western Cape, South Africa

This area is full of history, contrasts and change. The buildings and landscape are highly maintained in one part, and in another unused and overgrown. There is Herbert Baker and Francis Massey architecture in one section and old abandoned hostels (with a very distinctive 1970s canteen) in the other. Tourist guide, Dr Timothy Visser, has...

R400

Salt River street art walk

From gigantic to tiny, political to pretty - the variety of murals is huge in Salt River. 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 Salt River Heritage Society. The area is full of history and is...

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

Dr Lisa Kane's walk along the foreshore is about Cape Town, South Africa, modern road design and the politics of urban space. It uses the lens of Cape Town’s infamously iconic freeways. Lisa's PhD research focused on the ‘unfinished’ foreshore freeways during their design, construction and early life. “How do roads get to be the...

R400