Table Mountain From Blouberg Beach

Posts of "Historic Cape Town"

The ‘Purple Shall Govern’, September 2, 1989

22 June 2018 by Lesley No Comment

On a city walking tour it is very easy to get distracted by all the architecture, art and craft shops and walk passed this poster which shares the story of an important protest march which occurred towards the end of the dramatic eighties decade. Protest marches against apartheid were illegal and on September 2, 1989, ...

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Stellenbosch Synagogue

6 April 2018 by Lesley No Comment

Tucked away in Ryneveld st (close to the corner of Van Riebeeck st) in Stellenbosch is the synagogue , of which the foundation stone was laid in 1923.  Prior to this the first services were held from 1900 in a private house and a rented hall.  The adjacent house became the residence for the Rabbi ...

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Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie

6 April 2018 by Lesley No Comment

A pleasant detour along the Cape Peninsula route has to be a visit to the Slangkop Lighthouse, Kommetjie which was established in 1919. I was fortunate to meet Cyril, currently the keeper of Slangkop Lighthouse and has been working in lighthouses around our coastline for 25 years and able to share many stories about the ...

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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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