Cultural Experiences in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is a hugely diverse province with a melting pot of cultures and heritage, all of which have had an impact on the landscape. Take a look at just some of the incredible culture and heritage experiences on offer in our beautiful province.

velskoen shuffle heritage walks

What to expect: There are few people who know Oudtshoorn and its culture as well as local tour guide Jeremy van Wyk. His new tour – the Velskoen Shuffle – takes visitors on a journey through the town centre, explaining how it was shaped by its history. Incorporating everything from the ostrich feather trade to the town’s large Jewish community, the Velskoen Shuffle looks beneath the skin of this charming Klein Karoo town and brings the past to life.  

For more information: 073 240 7898

!Kwha ttu San Culture and Education Centre

What to expect: Discover unique insights into the San Culture like making ostrich eggshell jewellery and their hunting methods. The tour allows you the opportunity to experience a tractor ride, visit a replica traditional San village and so much more.

Website: www.khwattu.org   

The Castle of Good Hope 

What to expect: The Castle of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa and was once a fort, but today showcases the Cape’s early days and is a popular museum. Built by Jan van Riebeeck and the Dutch East India Company. The castle gates open at 9am and close at 4pm.

Website: http://www.castleofgoodhope.co.za/ 

Company’s Garden

What to expect: Company's Garden in Cape Town is a great place for visitors to spend a few hours unwinding and exploring the natural, historical and architectural attractions found within the garden.

Robben Island 

What to expect: Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site accessed by ferry from the V&A Waterfront you can visit the former prison at Robben Island, this represents an important chapter in the country's path towards democracy. 

Website: www.robben-island.org.za   

railton township tour

What to expect: A relatively new experience offered in Swellendam, Meisie Bokwana’s tour of the Railton Township shows you a different side to this fascinating town. Born in Swellendam to a Xhosa father and Pondo mother from the Eastern Cape, Meisie is a treasure trove of information and her standing in the community is second-to-none. The tour is around two-and-a-half hours long, incorporating the oldest building in Railton (Bloemfontein Huisie), traditional Xhosa beer, song and dance from local children and a township tour by foot or car. A must for anybody visiting the town of Swellendam. 

drostdy museum

What to expect: Swellendam is a town steeped in history and the Drosdy Museum provides a fascinating window into its past. The main building and open Trades Yard highlights the Dutch East India period of the town – and country – while the Mayville House provides an example of the Victorian Era that came after.

Website: http://www.drostdy.com/ 

outeniqua power van

What to expect: Perfect for the whole family, both the little kids and the big kids (moms and dads) will get to experience the beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains on this unique railway journey. The power van leaves from the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George and travels upwards through six tunnels, natural forests and fynbos, including an abundance of King Proteas, and culminates with epic views of the valley from the summit. The return trip includes a picnic about halfway down the track and ends back at the museum.

Website: http://showme.co.za/george/tourism/the-outeniqua-powervan/   

Point of Human Origins

What to expect: Founded by Jonathan Kaplan and Dr. Nilssen, it started when they discovered a Middle Stone Age hidden in the Pinnacle Point Caves during a survey they conducted as part of the environmental impact assessment for the development of the Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Estate. You can now discover these archeological sites for yourself that have been made accessible to smaller groups of no more than 12 under the direction and guidance of professional archeologist Dr. Peter Nilssen. Tour will meet at Pinnacle Point Club House where this exciting and explorative half day excursions will depart from, this tour will change the way you see your origins.

Website: www.humanorigin.co.za

Born in Swellendam to a Xhosa father and Pondo mother from the Eastern Cape, Meisie is a treasure trove of information and her standing in the community is second-to-none.

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