On 9 August 1956, 20 000 pioneering women, led by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to speak out against the country’s “pass” laws infringing on freedom of movement during the Apartheid era.
To honour the great women of ‘yesterday’ and to spoil the great women of ‘tomorrow’, Taj Cape Town has an array of treats and luxurious delights available throughout the month of August.
Our famous Chocolate-themed Afternoon Tea returns with the addition of a specially prepared Women’s Month crumb-fried nougat – a decadent confection which also pairs perfectly with a glass of pink bubbly! That’s just to whet your appetite so if it’s more chocolate you’re after, work your way through our selection of oreo cheesecake, chocolate terrine, chocolate lamingtons, chocolate and vanilla panna cotta, malva pudding with chocolate sauce, chocolate scones and many, many more mouth-watering indulgences! Priced at R250 per person Afternoon Tea also includes a glass of sparkling wine.
If pampering is what you need or prefer, we are also offering a luxurious Sushupti signature treatment at Jive Grande Spa. The treatment begins with an aromatic foot bath followed with a body wrap of 22 herbs, green gram flour, honey and fresh cream. A heavenly scalp massage calms the mind while a warm bath of nourishing raw milk, enhanced with rose essence and rose petals washes away the wrap. End with a relaxing massage to leave you thoroughly pampered from head to toe. Priced at R1400, this two-hour long journey towards ultimate relaxation includes complimentary access to the Spa wet area.
We look forward to welcoming you to Taj Cape Town this Women’s Month and wish you a relaxing and fun-filled National Women’s Day on the 9th of August.
Taj Cape Town provides stylish luxury accommodation in the heart of Cape Town and is home to such fine dining establishments as the Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill as well as a variety of premier event venues for your year-end events.
Starting at the Company’s Garden and ending in St Andrew’s Square, the City Walk route is one of Cape Town’s ‘Big Seven’ tourist attractions. Connecting the city’s public spaces through story-telling, retail offers, way-faring signs and public art, the route also touches on many of city’s fascinating and controversial historic locations.
This week we continue our exploration of the museums, monuments and cultural landmarks to be found along the City Walk route. The second leg of our journey takes us from St. George’s Cathedral and the Iziko Slave Lodge on Wale Street, down St. George’s Mall and Taj Cape Town’s home in the old South African Reserve Bank detouring along Strand Street’s beautiful old churches and buildings before finally ending with the Prestwich Memorial at St Andrews Square.
St. George’s Cathedral
The oldest in South Africa, St. George’s is also known popularly as the “The People’s Cathedral” due, in no small part, to its role in the resistance against Apartheid. It was from the very steps of the Cathedral that Archbishop Desmond Tutu led a mass demonstration of 30 000 people to the Grand Parade in 1989.
Iziko Slave Lodge
Built in 1679 as the Slave Lodge of the Dutch East India Company, the building has been home to many government offices including the upper house of the first parliament, the first library, first post office and the Cape Supreme Court. It now serves as a museum which explores the long history of slavery in South Africa alongside a series of changing, temporary exhibitions which centre on human rights awareness.
The Old Reserve Bank Building
Located on the corner of St. George’s Mall and Wale Street the old Reserve Bank Building is now home to our very own Taj Cape Town hotel. Built to serve as the original South African Reserve Bank, the building was completed in 1932 and throughout its storied past managed to remain untouched until it became the property of the international Taj Hotel Group. It still retains the architecture and many meticulously restored interior features.
The Old Town House
The Old Town House was built in 1755 where its role in South African history has changed from being the former City Hall to now housing the Michaelis collection of world-renowned seventeenth-century art from the Netherlands. The building is also a popular venue for chamber-music concerts and lectures on a variety of cultural topics.
Koopmans De Wet House
Believed to be first private townhouse in South Africa, the Koopmans De Wet House on Strand Street opened its doors as a museum in 1914. As the oldest house museum in the country, the house has been meticulously restored and decorated to mirror the home of an affluent Cape family during the late 18th Century. Some of the best pieces of historic Cape furniture and silver, as well as a priceless collection of ceramics, can be viewed from within.
The Prestwich Memorial
Beginning in the Company’s Garden, which historically breathed life into Cape Town, the Prestwich Memorial Building and Garden brings a solemn end to the City Walk route. A darker addition to Cape Town’s pre-colonial and colonial history, the memorial is dedicated to the slaves, servants and underprivileged of Cape Town whose unmarked graves were uncovered in 2003. Here, visitors can pay tribute to these forgotten people and the contribution they made in the building of our beautiful city.
There are many more historical locations to be found off the beaten path and we would encourage those interested in viewing more of Cape Town’s historic locations to 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 picture tour showing a taste of this newest addition to Cape Town’s ‘Big Seven’ attractions.
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.