Living Like a Local

Things To Do In And Around The Company's Gardens

The Company’s Gardens date back to the 1600s and are the raison d’etre for Cape Town. Looking for a way to the East Indies - the source of spices, silks, tea and porcelain for Europe - the Dutch East India Company chose a route around the tip of Africa. The journey took months and sailors were at severe risk of scurvy from a lack of fresh produce. So the Company sent some employees to the Cape of Storms and told them to start a vegetable patch. More than three centuries later, that ‘vegetable patch’ is now a green lung in a cosmopolitan city that bustles with workers, sightseers, squirrels and hadedahs (what South Africans call sacred ibises). Easily walkable in a morning or an afternoon, there is plenty to see and do in and around the Company’s Gardens.

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In his Footsteps: Finding Mandela in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is Africa's economic powerhouse known to locals as Joburg, Jozi and Egoli (the ‘city of gold’). The city is modern and enormous, sprawling in all directions as the heart beat of commerce demands more offices, houses and malls. About 60 kilometres away lies Pretoria, which is the seat of administrative government in South Africa and a very pretty city with jacaranda-lined streets. Both of these urban centres are vibrant and cosmopolitan, linked by a fast-moving, multi-lane highway and the high-speed Gautrain, making it easy to explore the places that played a critical role in Nelson Mandela’s life story or which honour his legacy.

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Hot and Spicy in Cape Town: A Malay Cooking Experience

Come dine with our African Safari Experts as they savour the spicy scents and flavours of a Cape Malay curry and try their hands at rolling a perfectly buttery roti (a traditional round flatbread) under the watchful guidence of an authentic Cape Malay cook.  But before you roll up your sleeves and inspire your inner domestic goddess, we recommend a short stroll down Cape Town’s memory lane to dip into a slice of South Africa's history that produced its multi-cultural melting pot heritage. 

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African Adventure: Go Mountain Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Paragliding

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Mountaineering

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Snorkeling with Seals

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes, boats and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Biking

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes and kites.

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African Adventure: Go Kite Surfing

Come explore Cape Town’s wild side with Go2Afica’s adventure series. Join our action man, Terence, as he heads into the ocean, skies and mountains on hikes, bikes and kites.

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Cape Town is the World Design Capital for 2014

Cape Town has long been the centre of the print, design and film industries in South Africa and its quirky city centre buzzes with cool ‘creatives’ who work at the plethora of ad, design, fashion and digital agencies that have made the Mother City their home. Being a port city and the gateway to Africa for many international travellers, Cape Town is vibrant and cosmopolitan, welcoming innovation and inspiration from all corners of the world.

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