District 6 Museum

Back in Cape Town, the most poignant symbol of the apartheid regime is the District 6 museum. District 6 was a vibrant community of Cape Malays, Indians, Blacks, and a few Whites until 11th February 1966, when the apartheid regime declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act. By 1982 60,000 people hadContinue reading “District 6 Museum”

Robben Island

Once on the island everyone has to get on a bus and be escorted around the island before visiting the prison. The most poignant place is the house of Robert Sobukwe the founder of the Pan Africanist Congress. Sobukwe was in solitary confinement and wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone – however he did giveContinue reading “Robben Island”

Slave Lodge, Cape Town

The Slave Lodge was built in 1679, making it the second oldest colonial building in South Africa and was owned by the Dutch East India Company, who maintained a settlement at the Cape and needed the slaves to support its profitable Asian trading operations. It continued to be used until 1834 when slavery was abolishedContinue reading “Slave Lodge, Cape Town”

Cape Town

No matter how many times I gazed at Table Mountain, rested on the Atlantic beaches, or savoured the food at one of the many restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, I could never really escape the history of Cape Town. Robben Island, the Slave Lodge on Wale Street, and the Bo Kaap district allContinue reading “Cape Town”

Street art adds gloss to Cape Town’s boho Woodstock area

This youthful and bohemian neighbourhood and foodie hotspot has become an open air gallery for giant, colourful murals

The world’s best hidden beaches: Cape Town

Cape Town’s stunning rugged coastline is studded with great beaches, but they can get very busy. In the first of a new series on hidden beaches, here are 10 the locals head for to avoid the crowds

10 of the best places to eat in Cape Town, South Africa

The spectacular port city’s collision of cultures and flavours has sparked a riotous cuisine of barbecued meats, diverse seafood, and intriguing vegetarian possibilities. But where best to try it?

Gold in Cape Town – Part 6

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ As impressive as the history of gold is, the exquisite artistry in the following rooms is even more stunning. The museum contains the world-famous collection of West African gold artefacts originally from the Barbier-Mueller Museum in Geneva. Most of these pieces come from Mali, Senegal, and the Akan kingdomsContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 6”

Gold in Cape Town – Part 5

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ By 1600AD gold dust was being used as currency in Ghana. Portuguese traders were now selling objects of worked gold to the Wolof tribe in Senegal and also sharing their tools too, which enabled the local goldsmiths to produce similar pieces. The Portuguese were here because they were convincedContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 5”

Gold in Cape Town – Part 4

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ From this time there was a growing fascination with the riches of Africa. However, the existence of gold in Africa had already been known in other parts of the world for hundreds of years. There is documented evidence that the Chinese were buying gold from the East AfricanContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 4”