City Walks

Photo courtesy Michael Hansen

the best way to see the city - by foot!

Cape Town’s central area is quite compact when compared to other great cities of the world – and experiencing its urban culture on foot is a fantastic way to experience the city.

Start off at the Castle of Good Hope (+27 21 464 1264; www.iziko.org.za/museums/william-fehr-collection-at-the-castle-of-good-hope) and if you have the time – enjoy a guided tour of the castle.

iconic sights along the way

West of the Castle (on the corner of Darling and Buitenkant Streets) you’ll find the Grand Parade – where Nelson Mandela made his first memorable speech after being released after 27 years of imprisonment under apartheid. Cape Town’s City Hall overlooks the Grand Parade. Built in 1905, it was the last major Victorian building to be erected in Cape Town.

nature in the inner city

Keep walking to the top of Adderley Street where you’ll find the Company’s Gardens. Here, you’ll find Cape Town’s Cultural History Museum originally built as a slave lodge. Today, it’s a fascinating museum – and the reconstructed tombstone of Jan Van Riebeeck can be found in the courtyard.

Walk up Government Avenue, this pedestrian walkway is lined with oak trees. Stop over at the South African National Art Gallery (+27 (0)21 467 4660;http://www.iziko.org.za/museums/south-african-national-gallery) with its displays of over 6 500 works of art by some of South Africa’s best-known artists and their international counterparts.

As you walk through the Gardens you’ll see the Memorial to South African soldiers killed at Delville Wood, as well as various notable statues, monuments and fountains.

cultural history 

At the top of the Gardens you’ll find the South African Museum – with some of the pieces on display dating back 117 000 years. Next door is the Once you’ve visited the Nellie, return to the city centre via Long Street where you can enjoy the shops or stop for a light meal – Long Street Café (+27 21 424 2464) offers a varied menu and coffee.  If shopping is on your mind then a visit to Greenmarket Square is a must.

There are also walks around Table Mountain and daily walks at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. To stretch your legs, the Sea Point promenade is a wonderful place for a long walk with the ocean next to you.

Did you know?

According to StatsSA, greater Cape Town had a population of 3.5 million in 2007.

Extra info

Contact info@capetown.travel for more information.

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