As South Africa’s oldest city, Cape Town features a host of museums, monuments and galleries as well as a collection of beautiful old buildings which have been in existence for hundreds of years. As some of the most popular tourist attractions in Cape Town, these cultural landmarks and places of interest share a fascinating history with a colourful and controversial past just waiting to be explored.
For those with an interest in the history of Cape Town, Cape Town’s City Walk route connects the city’s public spaces and historical landmarks in a variety of ways including story-telling, retail offers, way-faring signs and public art. The tour will take visitors and locals alike on a journey through the City’s attractions and fascinating relics of a bygone era.
The first leg of the City Walk route takes you through the Company’s Garden alongside what has become Cape Town’s “Museum Mile”. It extends from St. George’s Cathedral across the road from Taj Cape Town, up along Queen Victoria Street with the National Library, Planetarium and Museum around the mountain-side border of the company gardens, and back down Hatfield Street, which is home to the National Gallery and the South African Jewish Museum.
South African National Library and the Centre for the Book
As the leading library and information centre of excellence in Africa, the National Library is the custodian of South African documentary heritage. A wealth of information, including rare manuscripts, published books, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports and newspapers can be found here, as well as many programs which promote creative, effective and efficient universal access to information. The National Library is also home to the Centre for the Book which was created as an outreach unit with the aim to establish a culture of reading, writing and publishing in South Africa in all local languages. Housed in a historic Edwardian building at 62 Queen Victoria Street, the centre is open to the public during weekdays and hosts a variety of events.
A fascinating attraction for kids and adults alike, the Iziko Planetarium provides visitors the opportunity to explore the night skies. Part of the country’s oldest museum, the Planetarium is located at the top of the beautiful Company Gardens and is one of only two in South Africa. With a variety of shows available daily, the planetarium offers an exceptional audio-visual experience for both young and old. Visitors can experience everything from educational lectures to family friendly shows, weekly sky updates and advanced shows for adults.
Iziko South African Museum
One of the most well-known museums in Cape Town, the Iziko South African Museum offers a fantastic collection of historical artefacts and dioramas. As the oldest museum in sub-Saharan Africa, it showcases incredible exhibits of rock art, preserved animal specimens, and elaborate reconstructions of South Africa’s natural history. Housed in a magnificent building at the foot of Table Mountain, situated at the far end of the Company Gardens the museum offers the most extensive insight into the country’s natural history since its founding in 1825. The South African Museum is a top tourist attraction and recommended as a must-see for all visitors to the Mother City.
South African National Gallery
The South African National Gallery is the country’s premier art museum, housing outstanding collections of South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. A full programme of temporary exhibitions of paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles and architecture are sourced from the gallery’s permanent collection to create an ever-changing exhibition. More than a celebration of art, the South African National Gallery offers exceptional insights into the unique talent found not only in South Africa, but the African continent and beyond.
SA Jewish Museum and Holocaust Centre
Bordering the National Gallery and Company Gardens, South African Jewish Museum is a moving tribute and detailed account of South Africa’s Jewish community. The campus includes South Africa’s first and oldest synagogue while also being a marvel of modern architecture. This combination of the old and new, the historic and the contemporary, mirrors a community who were extraordinarily influential in the building of South Africa and who continue to be at the epicentre of the country’s economic, political and cultural narrative.
Starting at the Company’s Garden and ending in St Andrew’s Square, the City Walk route is recognised as the seventh addition to Cape Town’s previous ‘Big Six’ tourist attractions. Join us next week as we continue our exploration of the people, places and events that have made the city what it is today.
Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in the historic and cultural heart of the Mother City and is the perfect base from which to explore an authentic Cape Town as well as the full City Walk Saturday experience along our celebrated City Walk route. Visit our Pinterest page for the full collection of art projects, museums, local attractions and public spaces to be enjoyed along the route. Here you will be able to find the route map and take a picture tour which provides a taste of this newest addition to Cape Town’s ‘Big Seven’ attractions.
As part of our Father’s Day celebrations, Taj Cape Town is finding more ways to spoil Dad this weekend. Each of our offerings will provide Dad the opportunity to walk away a winner with our special lucky draw.
Entering the Lucky Draw
Running until Saturday, 18 June 2016, Taj Cape Town is offering a Johnnie Walker food and whisky pairing priced at R160 per pairing. The tastings will take place between 12h00 and 20h00 daily in the Lobby Lounge and each pairing will automatically enter patrons into the Fathers’ Day prize draw on the 19th of June 2016.
Dads attending our “Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea” taking place on Sunday, 19 June 2016 from 14h00 until 17h00 may also ask their hostess for an entry ticket into the lucky draw. Priced at R250 per person, this Taj Cape Town tea experience is suitable for the whole family, and includes a selection our favourite local savoury and sweet treats.
Guests of our “Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea” are also invited to partake in the Whisky tasting experience facilitated by the Whisky sommeliers from Johnnie Walker. Here they can savour the expertly prepared food and whisky pairings for an additional R50 per person as they await the Father’s Day Lucky Draw winner’s announcement at 16h30.
Prizes to Spoil Dad
From Whisky tastings to off-road driving, we have collected the best Father’s Day experiences with which to spoil Dad, including:
A two hour rejuvenating spa treatment at Taj Cape Town’s Jiva Grande Spa. This spa indulgence will treat Dad to an Indian head massage, followed by a deep tissue back, neck and shoulder massage, ending with an express Men’s Pedicure.
Three 4×4 off-road introductory courses at the Western Cape Land Rover Experience are also up for grabs. These courses form the foundation for teaching drivers the theory of tackling tough obstacles and how to progress safely in challenging conditions. Dad will have plenty of opportunity to try out these off-roading techniques for himself as he learns how to get the most out of a 4×4.
Another fabulous prize to be won is a private whisky tasting experience for six, where Dad and his guests will enjoy perfectly paired Johnny Walker Black Label, Johnny Walker Double Black Label, Johnny Walker Gold Reserve and Johnny Walker Platinum.
And finally, Dad could also walk away with a bottle of the extraordinary whisky for extraordinary occasions – Johnnie Walker Blue Label!
So, for an unforgettable Father’s Day experience, join us at Taj Cape Town this Sunday as we celebrate one of the most important men in our lives.
The Taj Cape Town offers stylish accommodation in Cape Town in the Mother City’s celebrated city centre. Taj Cape Town would like to invite all Dads and families to join us in celebrating this Fathers’ Day at the Lobby Lounge with Johnnie Walker and Land Rover South Africa. Reservations are essential for securing your place at one of the most sought after hotels in Cape Town. Do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and availability or make a reservation on-line at www.tajhotels.com.