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”

Gold in Cape Town – Part 3

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ Around 600AD the Arabs set up Cairo and soon started minting coins called ‘dinars’ made from West African gold which were eventually accepted as currency from Spain to Asia. The ancient Zimbabwe culture flourished around 1000AD across what is now Botswana, Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique and the northern parts ofContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 3”

Gold in Cape Town – Part 2

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The Egyptian pharaohs believed that their claim for immortality would be enhanced by the radiance of their gold jewellery hence the preponderance of the metal in their tombs. It’s amazing to realize that although Tutankhamen was only a minor pharaoh, his 2-metre long coffin was made of solid goldContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 2”

Gold in Cape Town – Part 1

This extract is from ‘Travel Tales from Exotic Places like Salford’ The history of the world has been hugely influenced by the presence of gold in Africa; gold was behind the rise of Egypt in the time of the pharaohs, it meant that the Chinese were trading with East African countries 1,000 years ago, and it almost certainly ledContinue reading “Gold in Cape Town – Part 1”