Cape Town City Tour

Explore the Mother City with a drive around the Company Gardens, Castle of Good Hope, Bo-Kaap and more.

Highlights

Bo-Kaap

St. Georges Cathedral

Castle of Good Hope

Cape Town City Hall

District Six

Slave Lodge

Noon Gun

SA House of Parliament

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Tour Detail

Duration: Half Day Tour

Distance: ±75 km / 47 miles

Price: R650 pp (min 2) R1000 1 person

Note: All Tours can be customized

Complementary pick up from accommodation in central Cape Town.

Bo-Kaap

Discover the fascinating history and unique culture of the Bo-Kaap. It is an area tucked away under the slopes of Signal Hill and formerly known as the Malay Quarter. The area became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery. Colourful houses, steep cobbled streets and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience. What is the story behind these colourful houses?  Book a tour with us and find out more about this unique community. For the very best in traditional Cape Malay cuisine in Cape Town, visit the Bo Kaap kombuis or Biesmiellah Restaurant.

bo-kaap

ST George’s Cathedral

The ST George’s Cathedral is the Anglican cathedral in Cape Town. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cape Town. St George’s Cathedral is both the metropolitical church of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and a congregation in the Town. The cathedral was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and the foundation stone was laid in 1901. The cathedral is renowned for the political stance it took during apartheid and is recognised as a strong symbol for democracy in South Africa.

Castle of Good Hope

It is South Africa’s oldest surviving building still in use today. This bastion fort was built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679. It was constructed as a pentagonal fortress with five bastions named after the main titles of Willem, the Prince of Orange, namely Leerdam ,Buuren, Catzenellenbogen, Nassau, and Oranje. The Castle is a provincial heritage site and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort. It was built as a replenishment station for their ships journeying from Europe to the East on trading expeditions.

castle of good hope

Cape Town City Hall

This Edwardian building was built in 1905 and took 5 years to complete. It is built from honey-coloured eolithic limestone imported from Bath in England. The City Hall was built to function as the centre of  city administration and as such housed the offices of the City of Cape Town.  Its balcony became notably famous when Nelson Mandela addressed 100 000 jubilant people just hours after his release from prison, on 11 February 1990. The Cape Town City Hall has a permanent exhibition honoring the life of Nelson Mandela.

District Six

It is the area where the forced removals took place in 1966. On 11 February 1966 it was declared a white area under the Group Areas Act of 1950 by the apartheid regime . More than 60 000 people were forcibly removed to areas known as the Cape Flats, and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. Places of worship were the only buildings that was not flattened. International and local pressure made redevelopment difficult for the government. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was built on a portion of District Six. Apart from this and some police housing units, the area was left undeveloped. Since the fall of apartheid in 1994, the South African government has recognised the older claims of former residents to the area, and pledged to support rebuilding.

Slave Lodge

The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town and was built in 1679 as the slave lodge of the Dutch East India Company. These slaves were never sold. The building was used as a slave lodge until 1811. It was then changed into government offices by the new British colonial authorities. Today the Slave Lodge is a museum, managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa and became a cultural history museum in 1966.

Noon Gun

The Noon gun is situated on Signal Hill, close to the center of the city. It has been a historic time signal in Cape Town since 1806. The tradition of firing the Noon Gun never ceases to amaze or surprise people. The two green have been fired since February 1806.  Both cannons are loaded six days a week accept for Sundays or Public Holidays. A cannon shot is fired at 12 o'clock noon on the do t. Only one is fired and the second is used as a backup. The cannons are still used today and are reportedly the oldest daily used guns in the world. Each cannon weighs more than a two tons and are loaded with 1.5kg of gunpowder.

noon gun

SA House of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament was built in 1885 in the Company’s Garden in Cape Town. The original Parliament structure by Charles Freeman and the The House of Assembly was design by the well-known architect, Sir Herbert Baker. One of the most challenging comments in The Houses of Parliament during the apartheid era, took place when opposition party members took a stand in holding the Nationalist government accountable for the catastrophic effects of apartheid.

house of parliament

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is situated in South Africa’s oldest working harbour. It also includes residential and commercial property. The V&A boasts 22 heritage sites across the property. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has become South Africa’s most visited destination. In 1860 Prince Alfred tipped the first load of stone into the sea to initiate construction of Cape Town’s harbour. The first basin of the new Navy Yard was named after Prince Alfred, and second after his mother, Queen Victoria.

v&a waterfront

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