CAPE TOWN, DAY 5
I always be sure and join a walking tour when I get the chance or if I have the time. They are great for a number of reasons;
- Affordable and sometimes free though I always pay a tip as that is how the guides get paid.
- Great way to meet new people if you have just arrived.
- God opportunity to learn some of the history and background of a new place.
- Helps you become familiar with a new city so you find it easier to get around!
Cape Town has been through a lot in recent history so the tours cover a wide range of aspects from apartheid to Jazz to street art!
I choose the Bo-Kaap tour specifically as it seemed very intriguing! Bo-Kaap an area in the city centre previously known as The Malay Quarter. Originally a township it is towards the lower end of Signal Hill and due to its bright coloured buildings is popular among tourists. They buildings were original used by slaves form the 1760s who were brought over from Asia.
After I joined Ruben and Vincente for the end of the free walking tour before going to the local market for the most insane plate of Butter Chicken I have ever had. There is a huge amount of Indian expats here and it shows within the food but I wasn’t to know when they eat, they eat a lot!! If you ever visit Cape Town get yourself to the Eastern Food Bazaar!
- Cape Town’s nickname is Mother City
- The first heart transplant took place in this city
- Cape Town has previously been appointed the best place to live by New York Times and deservedly so in my opinion.
I always get suggestions from my family about meeting old friends of theirs when I’m traveling the world and there is nothing more I enjoy. This trip it was the turn of Ken Tweedie, who used to only live 5minutes from us back in Ballyclare.
The best thing about this is getting to know why they moved and if it was the right thing to do. So many people think about doing big things, selling the house, moving away but very few end up doing so! After spending only a few days in Cape Town I didn’t need to ask!
Heading to Crypt for some Jazz tonight
Its always great to see old friends (even if you have never really met them). I am aware Ken calls Cape Town home but I’m sure he appreciated the familiar accent like I did.
Paragliding for the first time and back to Lion’s Head – its impossible to get enough! Click to read
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of the Southern Africa Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
- Have you been to Cape Town?
- Did you enjoy it?
- What activities did you do?
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