As a traveller, you can’t do better than an aeroplane for speed, and cars are super convenient. Yet, if you genuinely want to immerse yourself in a destination you can’t beat your own two feet.
Here’s how to make tracks around Cape town on foot.
Get a Bright Start
Camera at the ready, start your journey at Wale Street where it meets with Yusuf Drive. Here, in the colourful Bo-Kaap, on the edges of the CBD, you’ll find plenty to entertain the senses from brightly painted houses to fragrant cooking.
It all comes together in the Bo-Kaap museum where you’’ll get an inside glimpse into the Muslim community behind this sensory explosion. Don’t neglect to grab some padkos along the way in the form of braaied boerewors and tikka chicken from street vendors while lapping up the views of Table Mountain. If you’re lucky you might even get to hear the boom of the Cannon on Signal Hill signifying midday.
Strolling Down Memory Lane
Continue down Wale Street, grab an artisanal hot chocolate from Honest Chocolate Café and head down Long street to admire the Victorian architecture. It’s all about broekie lace, wrought-iron balconies, and pinnacle gables in this part of town.
Ambling Among the Art and Gardens
Next, turn down Orange Street and enter a world of museums, art galleries, and green spaces. Things to see along this stretch include the Planetarium, the South African Natural History Museum, and Company’s Garden. Among these manicured spaces, you’ll discover the Iziko National Gallery and the Delville Wood Memorial.
You’ll also come across a 368-year old pear tree, classic roses, and formal gardens. Catch your breath under the ancient fig tree outside the Company’s Gardens Restaurant or relax on the man-size ‘nests’ and swings.
The Cecil John Rhodes statue ends your explorations of the gardens, but you should continue your explorations down Government Avenue.
Stepping Back in Time
Along this strip, you’ll walk past the historic De Tuynhuys on the way back to Wale Street and the Arch for Arch, built in honour or Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
You’ll also see St George’s Cathedral, famous as the starting point for Tutu’s famous peace marches and the Slave Lodge across the road. Next up, you’ll come across the Parliament Gardens with its edifice to Queen Victoria.
A Change of Pace
Come back to reality, whip out your wallet for some retail therapy at St George’s Mall where hawkers sell souvenirs, arts and crafts. Save some pennis for Longmarket Street and Greenmarket Square with its abundant souvenir traders.
A Long Walk to Enlightenment
From the Mall, you can head down Strand Street to the Grand Parade, where Nelson Mandela’s immortalised on the balcony of City Hall in the form a smiling and waving statue. After all that you would have completed almost 10,000 steps, so you can reward yourself with a meal at one of the city’s iconic restaurants.
A Vital First Step
If you’re from out of town, the first step to enjoying Cape Town’s treasures is booking your self-catering accommodation close to all the action.
Otherwise, browse our blog for more information on ways to explore all the Cape Town sights.
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