FIVE STAR GUIDES
Cape & African History
Cape Town’s historic centre is small but incredibly diverse with myriad cultural influences (Dutch, Indonesian, British, Scottish, German, Portugese, San and Xhosa) all vying for space in its architecture, art, history and public spaces. You’ll visit the oldest parts of Cape Town on this tour, visiting such historical sites as District Six (a site of forced removals in the 1970s and 80s) and in contrast the Bo Kaap, which survived the dark days of apartheid and is one of the most photographed parts of the city.
Along the way, your Five Star Guide will include other unusual points of interest, such as Cape Town’s Castle (dating back over 350 years), the history of the Company’s Garden and the Slave Lodge and contextualise all of these places into the modern social fabric of Cape Town. The tour is yours to direct as you see fit, so if you’d like to focus more on architecture and history or rather food and design, your Five Star Guide will be able to adapt the tour on the day.
What To Expect
- discover the heritage of the vibrant Cape Malay people
- learn of the impact the slave trade had on the formation of Cape Town
- visit the cell where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated during the apartheid era
- encounter the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope
- explore the District Six Museum in the heart of the city and learn about the forced removals during Apartheid