Table Mountain From Blouberg Beach

Posts of "Historic Cape Town"

Robben Island – Cell #18 Tokyo Sexale

6 January 2018 by Lesley No Comment

I was fortunate to visit Robben Island again a couple of days ago, and as always, visitors crowd eagerly around cell #7, Mr Nelson Mandela to take a photo.  I usually take the opportunity to learn about a new cell each time, and today I found myself in front of Cell # 18, Mr Tokyo ...

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Canon firing and key ceremony at the Castle of Good Hope at 10am

6 December 2017 by Lesley No Comment

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa and is a must-see on for visitors interested in the history of Cape Town. The Castle of Good Hope opens at 9am and I would suggest you consider making it your first stop while visiting the city and arriving by 9.45am at the ...

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Cape Malay snacks in Bo Kaap

3 December 2017 by Lesley No Comment

Historical Bo Kaap can be a great place to pause, interact with some residents and get a flavour of Cape Malay cuisine.  If you don’t have time (2.5 hours) for the full Cape Malay cooking experience, you can opt for Cape Malay snacks. Local residents open up their homes throughout the day and show us ...

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Robben Island

21 November 2017 by Lesley No Comment

I visit Robben island several times year as I always learn something new on each tour and feel it is a must-see attraction for anyone who has any interest in our political history. The ferries leave from the Clock Tower side of the Waterfront at 9am, 11am, 1pm (and 3pm in the busy season) and ...

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Company Gardens

22 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

More info coming soon

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Castle of Good Hope

16 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa, built by the Dutch East India Company, between 1666 and 1679, right on the water’s edge for defense.  Our Castle resembles a fort, a pentagon in shape and was home to a variety of governor’s of the Cape. Today it is a wonderful ...

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Signal Hill

16 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

Signal Hill is at an elevation of 350 metres and offers some of the best views over the city centre, harbour, Waterfront and of course of Table Mountain itself.  Signal Hill is a popular spot to bring tourists when the cable car at Table Mountain is closed, but even if you have already been to ...

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Noon Gun, Cape Town

9 January 2017 by Lesley No Comment

At Lion Battery, on the slopes of Signal Hill, the oldest SBML guns in the world are fired daily at 12 noon (except Sundays and public holidays). It is best to arrive around 11.30am so that you can leisurely enjoy the views of the stadium, city and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, until the gentleman arrives ...

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Rustenberg – a visit to the Barlow family private home

27 October 2016 by Lesley No Comment

I am a member of the Simon van der Stel Society in Cape Town and they organise some interesting outings to historical places which are not typically open to the public.  Today was an amazing experience to visit the home of Simon and Rozanne Barlow, owners of the Rustenberg wine estate, initially purchased in 1941 ...

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Allister Sparks: The Sword and the Pen, at the Book Lounge

15 March 2016 by Lesley No Comment

The Book Lounge is known for hosting some of the most interesting book launches and last night was no exception with Allister Sparks in conversation with John Maytham.  Sparks has been a political journalist for the last 66 years and has covered all our intense political events through apartheid and the new democracy.  I had ...

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