Cape Town labyrinths

Cape Town Tourism has a list of local labyrinths.

Labyrinths are a common element in many different cultures, with earliest records dating back 3 500 years.

Cape Town Tourism has a list of local labyrinths. Contact us on +27 (0)21 487 6800 for further information.

What is a labyrinth?
People often confuse labyrinths and mazes, but the difference between the two is really quite simple. Unlike a maze, which may have dead ends and dividing paths, a labyrinth has an entrance or mouth that leads to a single, circuitous path with a central point.

History
Over the past few thousand years, people of various cultures and civilisations have created labyrinths from rock, ceramic, clay, mosaic and on manuscript. Although there are many modern variations on traditional labyrinths, the two most common traditional types are the Chartres and classic-seven labyrinths.

Modern-day labyrinths
Nowadays churches and retreat centres are opening labyrinth walks to the public for prayer, meditation, contemplation or personal growth.

Cape Town labyrinths
• The Oude Molen classical labyrinth in the Oude Molen Village, on Alexander Road (opposite the train station) in Pinelands, is always open and entry is free. The site also features an eco-village, where local artists are based.

• The St George’s Cathedral labyrinth is a paved, medieval Chartres replica, located in the cathedral’s courtyard. Find it in the city centre, at the top end of St George’s Mall (and at the top of Adderley Street and just below the Company’s Garden). The labyrinth is accessible during office hours or by arrangement with the cathedral office.

• Kalk Bay medieval labyrinth at 304 Main Road, Kalk Bay, lies across the road from the beach at the junction of Kalk Bay, Clovelly and Fish Hoek. The labyrinth is on private property, but visitors are welcome and entry is free. Call Joanna Castle to arrange on +27 (0)21 782 4040 or or email her at joanna@jaywalk.com.

Proudly Macassar Pottery

Proudly Macassar Pottery is a social enterprise, situated in an old tavern building in Macassar, Cape Town. We use the production of clay UDU drums and flutes to create a space for at-risk youths from the surrounding community to discover themselves and a purposeful, sustainable and economically empowered lifestyle.

Learn to cook like a local in the Bo-Kaap

If you’re keen on spending some time in the kitchen, book yourself on a cooking safari and learn to cook secret recipes from one of the local Bo-Kaap ladies in her very own kitchen. This activity is a must-do for any foodie or those interested in getting to know the Cape Malay culture.

Gourmet Cape Town

It’s no surprise that Cape Town is considered the gourmet capital of Africa – nine of the country’s top 10 restaurants, as voted in the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, are found in Cape Town and Cape winelands.

Walking in Cape Town

Many visitors want to explore nature on higher ground as soon as they arrive in Cape Town and with Lion’s Head and Table Mountain beckoning, many do get to experience the local flora and fauna on foot. However, the entire peninsula can be enjoyed by avid walkers. From Blouberg Beach, with its picture perfect views from its sandy shores, to the more adventurous guided Hoerikwaggo Trails along the spine of Table Mountain, visitors have an expanse of ground to cover.

Cape Town labyrinths

Labyrinths are a common element in many different cultures, with earliest records dating back 3 500 years.

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