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Experience the city’s rich history and cultural heritage through its fusion of past and present.

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Many attractions in Cape Town offer visitors the chance to learn about the city’s history, as well as experience it. There are many attractions in Cape Town that showcase the city’s rich natural and cultural roots, with many of these not only offering information about the city’s past and present, but also the opportunity to experience it. Here’s a look…

South Africa has 11 official languages and their corresponding cultures and still more unofficial ones that identify as South African. This makes for a melting pot of variety, one that has earned South Africa the fond nickname “Rainbow Nation”. So, it is only right that a public holiday be set aside to celebrate this wonderful diversity: Heritage Day which takes…

The brainchild of Richard Loring, producer of the internationally-acclaimed African footprint, and Roland Seidel, Richard’s Supper Stage & Bistro is a truly home grown Cape Town affair, using the city’s unique, and colourful history, as the basis to the venue’s signature show – Kaapse Stories. Richard’s is a favourite for visitors to the Mother City, partly because the show is…

Cape Town is a melting pot of people and cultures and the city’s diverse heritage can be explored through its historical architecture and colourful cuisine. Get started here… SAN Although the San people were the original inhabitants of South Africa, they were systematically marginalised and eradicated by a series of colonisers. Sadly, not much of their rich heritage remains. However,…

As the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town has a rich, if turbulent, history and the military plays a large part in the Mother City’s story. On September 1, the City of Cape Town launched the official Military Heritage Route. Comprising of three properties – the Castle of Good Hope, the South African Naval Museum and the Chavonnes Battery…

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Robben Island is famous, or rather infamous, as the holding place for the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Mandela served 18 of his 27 years in prison incarcerated on the island’s prison, but Robben Island has also housed a hospital, mental institution, leper colony and military base during its rich history.

The San were the earliest group of hunter-gatherers that lived in South Africa. !Khwa Ttu, San Culture and Education Centre seeks to preserve the culture and heritage of this ancient people as well as teach people more things about San history.

Journey down beneath the earth into the surreal world of the Cango Caves, the country’s best-known system of caves, caverns and formations. They are said to be one of South Africa’s oldest tourist attractions.

Housing a fascinating story that covers the history of South African diamonds, the Cape Town Diamond Museum covers a timeline that stretches some 3 billion years. Here, you can learn many things about the industry such as how the precious stones are formed, mined and processed.

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