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City tour with Kirstenbosch botanical gardens or Constantia wine region

10 April 2014 by Lesley No Comment

City tour with Kirstenbosch botanical gardens or Constantia wine region
This tour is for guests who would like to learn the intimate history of Cape Town and then spend the afternoon either at the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens or wine tasting in the Constantia wine region.

Castle of Good Hope

Begin at the oldest building in South Africa (the Castle of Good Hope), with a guided tour and enjoy the Key Ceremony.  We will visit the William Fehr collection and Military museum, before departing on our walking tour of the city.

We will hear the story of how the Cape Town city and community were shaped by the Dutch East India Company and the Oceanic slave trade as we walk passed the City Hall, Adderley street, Groote Kerk and the Slave Lodge.

Company Gardens

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.

Lunch can be taken in one of the street cafes, or we can head out to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens and dine in the tea room.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

After a delicious lunch we will take the short drive to Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens, a World heritage site and take a walk around the gardens.

-OR- Constantia wine region

Or we can head out to the Constantia wine region.  This is the closest wine region to Cape Town, a cooler climate and known for their Sauvignon Blancs. You can also enjoy lunch on one of these vineyards, followed by wine tasting.

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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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