Cape Town: History and Culture

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If youre looking for a trip that touches on a bit of Cape Town and South Africa's "Rainbow" heritage, then this is a good one for you. Cape Town's main population groups include Xhosa, Cape Coloureds, Cape Malay, and white (Afrikaaners, British, and good old African).

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Day 1 - Cape Town


Make sure you book ahead as trips to Robben Island are often booked out in advance. Schedule enough time to grab breakfast (theres a great pancake house in the waterfront) and find your way to the Robben Island departure area. After lunch walk or grab a taxi to the Castle, then work your way to Mama Africa for some good food and entertainment.


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Robben Island

Location:

Robben Island
(leave from the V and A Waterfront)
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 413 4200


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Quay Four

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Location:

Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

27 21 419 2008


3

The Castle of Good Hope

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Location:

Buitenkant Street
Corner of Darling Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 787 1249/+27 21 787 1260


4

Mama Africa

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Location:

178 Long Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

27 21 424 8634


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Cape Heritage Hotel

Location:

92 Bree Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

27 21 424 4646


Day 2 - Cape Town


Start with the City Centre and the Company Gardens. There are walking tours available of this area, you might want to join one for some extra historical insight or you might want to take time to visit the National Art Museum. From here, head to the District Six Museum which will offer insight into a very Cape Tonian apartheid story. Distrix Cafe offers simple lunches. Inquire about live music for possible night time entertainment. The cafe often hosts South African artists in its outside ampitheatre. Wander through town to the Bo Kaap area. Hear you can wander the main streets for a look back and forward at Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Stop off at Biesmiellah for dinner where the wonderful owners and staff will be more than happy to answer your questions about the neighborhood.


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Slave Lodge

Location:

Corner of Wale and Adderly Streets
Wale Street
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 461 8280


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St. George's Cathedral

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Location:

5 Wale Street
8000 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 (0)21 424 7360


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District Six Museum

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Location:

Albertus and Buitenkant Streets
District Six
7800 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 466 7200


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Bo Kaap

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Location:

7800 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 82 423 6829


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Biesmiellah

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Location:

2 Upper Wale St
Bo-Kaap
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

021/423-0850


Day 3 - Cape Town


Ask the Cape Town Toursim office about township tours. Join one to your liking, perhaps stopping off at Philani Nutrition Project, an organisation that provides income generation for HIV positive mothers. See if you can stop by Mzoli's in Gugulethu for a popular township braai experience. If youre a vegetarian, they'll braai up your vegedogs for you. After your tour, try to stop in at Wembley's drive in for some Cape Coloured cuisine in a very unique, eat in your car atmosphere. Finally stop in for some live theatre or dance at Baxter or Artscape.


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Baxter (The)

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Location:

Main Road
Corner of Main Road
7701 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

27 21 685 7880


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Artscape

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Location:

DF Malan Street
Foreshore
8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

27 21 410 9800


Day 4 - Cape Town


Set off to Somerset West, Stellenbosch, and Franschoek for some wine farms and wine tasting. Choose the winefarms that suit your taste or that look inviting. Enjoy a picnic lunch but save space for dinner at the renowned Le Quartier Francais. Perhaps you can see if the Spier Summer Arts Festival is on and, if so, what live performances they have.


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Vergelegen

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Location:

Lourensford Road
Somerset West
7129 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 847 1334


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La Provence

Location:

Off R45
Franschhoek
7690 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 876 2163


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Rhebokskloof Estate

Location:

Off R44
Paarl
7623 Cape Town, South Africa

Phone:

+27 21 863 8386


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