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

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

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

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...

R400

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....

R400