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History and Heritage

Historic Cape Town

Over the past 300 years Cape Town has become a cultural melting pot, but only by experiencing the wealth of heritage sites the city offers can one truly begin to get under the skin of this fascinating city.

Cape Town – A Port City

The arrival of the Dutch began South Africa’s colonial history and Cape Town’s voyage to becoming a cultural melting pot that included Dutch, Portuguese, French and British settlers, as well as Indian and Malay slaves, and the country’s indigenous inhabitants.

Then And Now

Cape Town is a city of contrasts. It tells a tale of two cities; one that boasts a thriving creative economy, premier tourist destination status and incredible natural beauty, juxtaposed by a city tarnished with social problems and poverty directly related to its troubled history. But when walking the streets of Cape Town and meeting its people, you will fall in love with a city of hope, inspiration and incredible spirit.

Cape Town Living Heritage

From nature and adventure, to history and culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy and explore in Cape Town. As a city of great natural beauty, creative freedom of expression and a melting pot of cultures, Cape Town reflects its heritage and modern history in its characters, architecture and stories.

2014: Bridging The Divide

The year 2014 represents a significant milestone for South Africa as it celebrates 20 years since the country’s first free and democratic elections. As World Design Capital (WDC) 2014, it is the perfect time for all South Africans to reflect on the challenges and gains of our transformation, celebrate the achievements of the past two decades and find solutions to the issues that haunt us.

Histroy and Heritage Itinerary

Explore Cape Town for five days through a History and Heritage lens. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.

National Geographic Itinerary

Explore Cape Town for five days through a National Geographic lens. This itinerary corresponds to the documentary National Geographic produced on Cape Town, narrated by Andrew Evans and aired from May 2013. This itinerary includes things to do, places to see, images and a map to download.

History and Heritage Fact Sheet

The rich diversity of Cape Town’s natural and cultural heritage is part of the city’s authentic appeal; it is a colourful, intriguing, cosmopolitan city - a tapestry of people and traditions.

Islamic Cape Town Map

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of the Cape has compiled this map of Cape Town from an Islamic cultural perspective. The map is an intended handy guide to all tourists visiting our beautiful city allowing you to explore muslim history, lifestyle, cuisine and culture.