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Cape Town City Bowl Walking Tour

Cape Town City Bowl Walking Tour


The following walk taking in landmarks around Cape Town’s City Bowl could take the best part of a day, depending on the stops you make, although it is only about 6km, long.  It is probably the best way to discover this vibrant city and learn about its rich culture and history.

Start at The Castle of Good Hope – Built in the 17th century, once located on Table Bay coastline, now inland following the land reclamation.

Old Town Hall – Located at Grand Parade in the city centre, built in 1905 and now regularly used for concerts.

District Six Museum – Founded in 1994 as a memorial to the forced removal of 60,000 people of various races living in District Six during Apartheid.

Groote Kerk – Oldest existing church in southern Africa.

SA Cultural History Museum/Slave Lodge – One of the oldest buildings in Cape Town.  Explore the long history of slavery in South Africa.

St George’s Cathedral – The seat of the Archbishop of Cape Town, the first foundation stone was laid in 1901.

Greenmarket Square – Built in 1696, the square has served as a slave market, a vegetable market, a parking lot and currently a flea market selling African curios.

Old Town House – Built in 1755, was Cape Town’s first public building and now houses world-renowned Michaelis collection of early Netherlandish art.

South African Missionary Meeting House Museum – The first missionary church in the country.  Taught slaves literacy and instructed in Christianity.

Koopmans de Wet House – Oldest house museum in the country, opened in 1914 and houses some of the best pieces of cape furniture and silver in the country plus a priceless collection of ceramics.

Gold of Africa Museum – Home to a collection of 350 West African gold artefacts as well as objects from ancient gold civilisations of southern Africa.

Heritage Square – A beautiful collection of Georgian and Victorian buildings that have been transformed in to a trendy enclave of shops, bars and restaurtants.

Bo-Kaap – An area in Cape Town formerly known as Malay quarter, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill.

Bo-Kaap Museum – Dating back to the 1760’s, the museum is located in the oldest house in the Malay quarter in its original form.

Auwal Mosque – Built in 1798, this was the first mosque in South Africa.

Long St Baths – Turkish baths built in 1908 with indoor heated swimming pool.

South African Museum & Planetarium – Oldest museum in South Africa and houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance and the planetarium.

Company’s Gardens – Originally created in the 1650’s a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town and home, amongst other things, to hundreds of friendly squirrels!!  A self-guided walk around the gardens can be enjoyed with the aid of a brochure available from the visitors centre located in the gardens themselves.

Finish up in the Garden Tea Room for a refreshing cup of tea and a well-earned rest!


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