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Cape Town is a cultural hub and where the history of the country really began, so you can bet we have plenty of both to offer visitors. The Mother City’s history is rich – and at times tragic – and is has a number of world class museums that offer up a treasure trove to the past – both the…

Whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with nature, do a spot of shopping in the city or enjoy a live show, you can find and do it all in the Mother City. Enjoy wheelchair-friendly activities at the following establishments in Cape Town: CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS Offering day tours around the Peninsula, through the city centre and into…

Cape Town is a top summer destination and with good reason. Sultry summer days are always going to be a big draw with the beaches and rooftop bars across the city spilling over. But what about when you want to cool off after a day of soaking up the rays or escape the heat altogether? Don’t worry we got you…

They say every journey begins with a single step. As you step onto the road to begin the Cape Camino, the route might be planned, but the journey is left entirely up to you. It’s definitely a journey worth taking. The Cape Camino is not the first of its kind. The idea came from the Camino de Santiago in Spain,…

The SA Musem of Golf at the V&A Waterfront is a must for golf and history buffs. South Africa is a huge golfing nation and Cape Town is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. Having produced 10 Major winners – two women and eight men – the country has enjoyed considerable success in the sport…

The Cape Town Diamond Museum and the Shimansky Diamond Experience at the V&A Waterfront is a must. The song goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. No argument there, because I’ve never met a girl who doesn’t like something with a nice sheen to it. But then they work pretty well for guys too, particularly when they’re trying to…

It’s interesting to note how popular townships tours have become with visitors to our country who are searching for personal and authentic encounters with our citizens. A walking tour of Kayamandi – which means “sweet home” in Xhosa – is part of Stellenbosch’s Route 360 cultural tourism initiative. “Rather than being a geographical route, Route 360, is a ‘people’s route’…

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is a global icon, leaving his mark on not just South Africa, but the world. Cape Town plays a large part in his life story and Madiba left a lasting legacy in the city. Here are some of the places you can follow in his footsteps. NOBEL SQUARE Standing in line at the V…

Cape Town has a rich history – here are six of Cape Town’s most beautiful heritage spots. As every tourist knows, the story of a country can’t be adequately told in the history books. It’s in the people, the buildings, the laughter and the landscape and it demands to be experienced before it can be understood. Here are 6 of…

The Mother City is the oldest city in the country, so you can bet we got plenty of ghost stories. Here are some of our favourite places to spot the restless spirits haunting the city. I am a fan of horror. The more ghosts, zombies and screaming prom queens the better. Halloween is my favourite time of the year and…

February 22 2018

The sounds of Cape Town would not be complete without the beautiful call of the mosque that emanates from the colourful, characterful Bo-Kaap. A BRIEF HISTORY Situated at the foot of Signal Hill, on the fringe of the city centre, and formerly known as the Malay Quarter, the Bo-Kaap’s origins date back to the 1760s when numerous “huurhuisjes” (rental houses)…

A Cape Town landmark, the Castle of Good Hope, is a prime example of a “star fort”. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, it’s the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline. Here are some facts you probably didn’t…

The San were the earliest group of hunter-gatherers that lived in South Africa. !Khwa Ttu, San Culture and Education Centre seeks to preserve the culture and heritage of this ancient people as well as teach people more things about San history.

Journey down beneath the earth into the surreal world of the Cango Caves, the country’s best-known system of caves, caverns and formations. They are said to be one of South Africa’s oldest tourist attractions.

Housing a fascinating story that covers the history of South African diamonds, the Cape Town Diamond Museum covers a timeline that stretches some 3 billion years. Here, you can learn many things about the industry such as how the precious stones are formed, mined and processed.

Built in 1666 beneath the imposing silhouette of the iconic Table Mountain, the Castle of Good Hope is a priceless piece of Cape History. To really get an authentic taste and grasp of the Mother City’s beginnings, this should be every traveller’s first stop.

If you’re a history buff that’s interested in the early beginnings of the Mother City, then look no further than the Chavonnes Battery Museum. This Cape Town museum is a heritage site and offers tours of the battery as well as operating as the official guides of the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour.

During apartheid, the vibrant community of District Six was forcibly relocated from the city when the area was sadly declared a “white group area” by the National Party government. Once removed, all the houses and businesses were demolished, with only religious buildings saved from the destruction. Now, the District Six Museum serves as a way to rebuild the memories and ...

The Fish Hoek Valley Museum brings to light the historical importance of False Bay and the surrounding area. This prominent archaeological site on the Cape Peninsula contain significant findings concerning past Stone Age inhabitants of the region.

The Heart of Cape Town Museum celebrates the world’s first open heart surgery, performed by South African Professor, Christiaan Barnard, in 1967. The transplant is renowned as one of the greatest moments in medical history, only made possible by science and human courage. Today, the museum honours the patient and donor, doctors, nurses and everyone else involved in revolutionary surgery.

Situated close to Rhodes Cottage Museum, Het Posthuys is the perfect place to visit on the False Bay coastline if you're looking to learn more about the colonial history of Cape Town.

Explore Cape Town’s cultural history with Iziko Museums. Iziko Museums of Cape Town is the official name given to the group of national museums located near the city centre, otherwise referred to as the city’s ‘Museum Mile.’ Visit the natural history collections at Iziko South African Museum and Iziko Planetarium, or explore history with a plethora of others.

Taste traditional South African cuisine, visit an authentic African market and get some insight into life in the townships on a guided walking township tour with Khayelitsha Travel. These thrilling tours are a favourite between both tourists and locals keen to explore a unique side of the country and learn a bit about its history along the way.

One of the most important Iziko Museum events, heritage week should mark a period of signification reflection on the South African calendar. It serves as the ideal platform in which to welcome thousands of visitors to the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

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