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City tour and specialised shopping

10 April 2014 by Lesley No Comment

City tour and specialised shopping

This tour is for guests who would like to learn the cultural history of Cape Town and explore some of the unique craft and jewellery stores which are tucked away in side streets.

Company Gardens

We will drive passed the oldest building in South Africa (the Castle of Good Hope), and begin our tour near the Company Gardens.

A brief pause by the statue of Jan Smuts, who was Prime Minister twice, and involved in the Anglo-Boer War and both World Wars I and II.  In addition we are standing within a hundred metres where three of our Nobel Peace prize winners worked.

A stroll along side Parliament and down through the Company Gardens where the Dutch East India Company planted the first fruit, vegetables and vineyards.  On route we will see the Tynhuis, National Art gallery and the South African museum.

An important statue in the Company Gardens is of Cecil John Rhodes and we will find out about his contribution to history, diamonds and politics.

St. George’s Cathedral

A visit to St George’s Cathedral (Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1986-1996) to find out the significance of this cathedral and the magnificent stained glass windows are not to be missed.

Greenmarket Square

On route to the African market (Greenmarket square) we will pause by the piece of the Berlin Wall and discuss the significance of the end of the Cold War and the impact on the end of apartheid.

African Jewellery / Crafts

From here we will explore the side streets to seek out the unique African crafts and jewellery stores.

Guests interested in upmarket products made of ostrich leather can have an appointment made for them.

Guests interested in a special piece of jewellery with diamonds or Tanzanites, I can make you an appointment with a designer.

Lunch can be enjoyed in one of hip restaurants or tapas bars.

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Lesley has been conducting private tours for the last 12 years. She specialises in South African history and the Cape wine region.

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