Tag: Cape Town attractions

The gardens of Cape Town offer guests to the city a unique window into the culture that makes the city one of the most visited places in the world. In the gardens of any city, you can find its history, its personality, its geology and even its real climate.

Not only do the gardens around Cape Town allow those visiting to get some insight into the natural world, and the natural ecology of the area, but the gardens are also a great place to kick back and relax. Going out into the wild is one way to relieve stress and to just take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Cape Town’s many gardens are kept in pristine condition and they are a fantastic place to go for a long walk or to bask in the sun and enjoy a picnic.

Capetonians know they are blessed to live in a city with such a vibrant natural habitat. And for those who are going on a Cape Town tour, visiting a couple of these gardens to have a look at all of the indigenous plant life that thrives in these natural settings is a great way to spend the day.

 

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  1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

This is without a doubt the most popular garden in the city and each day it sees loads of visitors enter the gardens for a meander around. Along with being able to go on a stroll, the gardens are also home to movie nights, picnics and open-air concerts. The park also has a popular canopy walk with a few surprises along the way. If you wish to visit, a small entrance fee will get you in.

  1. Durbanville Rose Garden

Looking like something out of an English medieval movie, the Durbanville Rose Garden is simply stunning. Home to 6000 rose bushes, with 500 different species, walking through this enchanting garden is nothing less than a magical experience. The best time to visit is from around May to October, when the flowers are in fragrant full bloom.

  1. Company’s Garden

This incredible garden is also a historical one, with a history dating back to 1848, when the garden was first opened to the public. These gardens are on the same property as the South African houses of parliament and St Georges Cathedral, to name a few. Both tourists and locals flock to the gardens to take a break from the busy energy of the city. Aside from going for a walk, there are a couple of other things you can do here, like enjoying a game of chess.

  1. Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

A little bushier and a lot more diverse, these gardens are a real oasis and you will find all sorts of interesting sights here. There is plenty to explore in these gardens, including rock pools and hiking trails, so you can easily make a whole day of the adventure.

  1. Rustenberg Garden

In the neighbouring town of Stellenbosch, you will find this intriguing and utterly beautiful garden. The garden is a mix of old world England and the Cape Dutch tradition, and it offers guests plenty of interesting things to see.

There is magical scenery, incredible ocean views, a vibe that can’t be beaten and a people who will have you wanting to come back again. But this magnificent city is built on a history that is so unlike any other, and although there have been times when the past has been less than kind to its inhabitants, Cape Town’s past is worth taking a step into when you are planning on going on a Cape Town tour.

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s oldest and best known cities. Both South Africans and those visiting from afar have found something to love here. If you are curious about how the city got its unique personality, these are some historical facts worth knowing.

 

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  1. The Cable Car is old

The only way to easily get to the top of Table Mountain and take in that unforgettable view is by cable car. The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is almost always full of tourists wanting to take a trip up the mountain and what many of these tourists don’t realise is that the company is well over 100 years old! Naturally, it is a well maintained company, so you won’t need to worry about rusty cable cars.

  1. The first nation

Long before Europeans landed on African soil and long before Africans walked down this far, the land was home to the first nation of South Africa, the Khoi-San. These incredible people lived hunter-gatherer lifestyles and they adapted to the desert like climate that is just north of the Western Cape. They are also the ones to give Table Mountain its original name: Hoerikwaggo.

  1. The slave trade that became a new culture

During the time when Dutch and English settlers lived in the Cape, many slaves from Malaysia, India and Singapore were brought here to work. While the historical side of this era is nothing to be proud of there is some good that can be taken from these darker times and that is the heritage and culture that was born from this melting pot of people. The Cape Culture is such a unique and special thing. It should be treasured.

  1. The great fight

Cape Town was a strategically important point in the Atlantic for all sorts of European nations that passed the tip of Africa while on their way to trade with eastern nations. Due to the importance of Cape Town, there was at one stage a constant war between the Dutch and the English, both of whom felt they could lay claim to the land. This back and forth is partly what led to the Great Trek of the Afrikaner nation.

  1. Don’t be alarmed

At noon, to this day, the cannon at Signal Hill lets lose a massive roar that if you are unsuspecting, might shock the life out of you. It is an old tradition reaching back to 1806 when a cannon was first used to announce arriving ships. Later on, the cannon was used to let traders know that it was time to take their goods to the harbour. The cannon has only failed to fire once, and there is a second cannon in place should it happen again.