We meet at The Victoria and Alfred Hotel in The V&A Waterfront and from there we travel in an air-conditioned minibus towards the SA Museum overlooking the beautiful Company Gardens.
(Please note that if you are staying in the City Bowl there is an option to be collected at 09.15 from the Cape Milner Hotel in Tamboerskloof)
The walk starts through The Gardens themselves which are chock full of history as they originally served as a source of fresh fruit and vegetables for scurvy ravaged sailors rounding The Cape. Some of the original trees still stand and there are a few hidden secrets if you know where to look.
We exit the bottom of The Gardens and immerse ourselves in the hustle and bustle of the CBD (Central Business District). Cape Town has a rich architectural history and some of the best preserved examples of the Art Deco building style anywhere in the world. As we wander through the street your photo guide will not only explain the history but help you to capture the essence of the city centre and its population. We will visit many of the historic landmarks and pass through the raucous Adderley Street flower market with its characterful vendors.
We start to make our way up in the direction of Signal Hill passing through Greenmarket Square with its curio stalls and pan-African craftsmen and women and soon cross Buitengracht to enter the brightly coloured Muslim community of The Bo Kaap (The High Cape).
The Bo Kaap with its Technicolor streets is a world famous site and we will visit Chappini Street as well as a local spice emporium and your photo guide will help you to compose your images to capture these iconic scenes of the brightly coloured terraced houses.
We walk around the area for at least an hour by which time you will have worked up quite an appetite.
We arrive at the “purple” home of the delightful Mrs Faldela Tolker for a very unique experience and one which will give you a true taste of the culture of The Bo Kaap. Everyone is expected to help with the preparation of a traditional meal so you will find yourself chopping, kneading, folding and stirring in preparation of your delicious Cape Malay lunch of samoosas, rotis, curries and koeksisters. If you are not sure what they are now you surely will after you have dined on these delicasies for your lunch.
The end of lunch signals the end of the tour but for those of you will more energy we can suggest a trip up Table Mountain for the afternoon or perhaps a leisurely afternoon on the beach or by the hotel pool. We will be happy to arrange all your transportation needs to take you to your next destination.