Cape Town Attractions – Culture & Heritage

Culture & Heritage

Air Force Museum

Take an imaginary flight with the aviators of yesteryear with a visit to the South African Air Force Museum at Ysterplaat, where the winged wonders of a bygone era have been preserved for posterity.

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Amy Biehl Memorial

Amy Biehl was a young American Fulbright Scholarship exchange student who studied at the University of the Western Cape in 1993.

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Art galleries in Cape Town

More than 100 art galleries – as diverse as the colours daubed on an artist’s palette – await discovery in and around Cape Town.

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Bo-Kaap and De Waterkant

Known for its brightly coloured houses and situated at the foot of Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap is the spiritual home of the Cape’s Muslim community.

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Braai and Camping

Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.

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Buyel’Embo Village

This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.

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Cafda & Stables Craft and Culture Centre

The Cape Flats Development Association (Cafda) is a non-profit child and family-oriented organisation that provides numerous services to disadvantaged communities living on the Cape Flats.

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Cape Minstrel Carnival

The Cape Minstrel Carnival is Cape Town’s longest-running street party, tracing back to old slave traditions during the days of the Cape Colony.

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Cape Town Diamond Museum

Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

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Cape Town Holocaust Centre

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is the first and only Holocaust Centre to be established in Africa.

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Cape Town shipwrecks

From the days when Portuguese explorers rounded the Cape in their wooden galleons to modern-day shipping, the aptly named “Cape of Storms” has claimed many a vessel.

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Castle Military Museum

The Castle Military Museum is housed in the oldest building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. It is a tribute to the brave regiments of the past, providing an insight into the political history of the country and celebrating the rich military history of the Cape.

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Chavonnes Battery Museum

The Chavonnes Battery Museum celebrates the life, death and rebirth of Cape Town’s oldest major fortification after the Castle of Good Hope.

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Church Square and the Slave Lodge

Church Square and Slave Lodge, at the top corner of Adderley Street, bear witness to the turbulent past of the Cape of Good Hope.

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City Hall and Grand Parade

Cape Town’s City Hall was built in 1905 in Italian Renaissance style, and is one of the last Victorian-style sandstone structures in the Mother City. Despite showing its age, Cape Town’s iconic City Hall continues to be sought out by urban explorers.

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Company’s Garden

Spend some time exploring the Company’s Garden. Access to the public park, which contains a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden, is free.

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Creative Cape Town

Breathe in the heady scent of flowers, soak up some live music, eyeball the best designers’ work and buy some art in Cape Town.

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District Six Museum

The District Six Museum revives the history of a vibrant community that was forcibly removed to the city’s periphery during apartheid.

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Fish Hoek Man

There are some very old residents in Cape Town’s coastal village, Fish Hoek, which lies in a valley on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. There’s one particular resident who’s been around for the past 12 000 years!

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