TOP 20 CULTURAL PLACES

 

TO VISIT IN THE

WESTERN CAPE

 

  • !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education centre, Yzerfontein/Darling

    San Guided Tours.  The tour is a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage, knowledge, skills and contemporary life of the San. Guided tours are offered daily at 10 am & 2 pm.  Restaurant, Museum, Photographic Exhibition.                                       Tel:  +27(0)22 492 2998

  • Buyel’Embo Village, Khayelitsha

    A cultural village & a tourist attraction site in the heart of Khayelitsha.  Contact Number: 071 738 1934.  Art Museum, Performance venue, Bar & Grill

  • Cape Town Holocaust Centre, Cape Town

    The permanent exhibition on the history of the Holocaust, combines text, archival photographs and film footage, documents, multimedia displays and recreated environments.  The display also includes sections on the pseudo-science of ‘race’; the roots of antisemitism, and the institutionalised racism of Apartheid.  Tel: 021 462 5553.  Opening hours: Sun –Thurs: 10am – 5pm,  Fri: 10am – 2pm                                        Holocaust

  • District Six Museum, Cape Town

    District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants.  By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the process of removals and marginalisation had begun.  The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of the District Six experience and with that of forced removals more generally. Tel/Fax: +27 21 466 7200.  09h00 – 16h00
    Monday to Saturday                                                                         district6

  • Heritage Museum, Simon’s Town

    The Heritage Museum was established in Amlay House (built in 1858), which belonged to the Amlay family of Simon’s Town until they were forcibly removed from the town when it was declared a white group area on 1 September 1967 under the Group Areas Act of the Nationalist Government. The family were removed in 1975 and were the first former residents to return to Simon’s Town in 1995.  Phone: +27 21 786-2302.  Tue-Fri: 11:00-16:00. Sat: 11:00-13:00 Closed on Mondays and Eid days.

  • Mamre Moravian Mission Station, Mamre

    Step back in time and discover the Mamre Mission Station in Mamre (West Coast).  The church itself is the fifth oldest church building in South Africa.  Beautifully restored white-washed buildings set along an avenue of oak and pine trees.  The complex includes the church, a school, cook house and long house (former barracks) that was declared a National Monument in 1967.  The water mill was declared a national monument in 1973.  Enjoy a cup of coffee/tea with cake at the cafe ‘ou winkel’.

  • Bo-kaap & Bo-Kaap Kombuis, Cape Town

    The Bo-Kaap was formerly known, as the Malay Quarter,  situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre it has been the traditional home of Cape Town’s Muslim population since the second half of the eighteenth century.
    The streets of the Bo-Kaap are lined with picturesque terraced houses, along cobbled lanes.  There are at least nine mosques in the Bo-Kaap, the oldest being the Auwal Mosque in Dorp Street.  The Bo-Kaap Kombuis Restaurant serves Traditional Cape Malay Cuisine.

  • Robben Island Museum

    Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history, is visited every year by thousands of people eager to understand and honour the important aspects of South Africa’s history that the Island represents.  The ferries operate at 09h00, 11h00 and 13h00, and 15h00 during peak season.  Nelson Mandela Gateway at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

  • Lighthouses of Cape Town

    The Milnerton Lighthouse is a 21m white concrete tower that dates back to 1960.  The only rock lighthouse on the South African coast is the 1861 Roman Rock Lighthouse, a circular cast-iron tower in Simon’s Town.  The Slangkop Lighthouse at Kommetjie is the tallest cast-iron tower (33m) on the South African coast.

    Irma Stern Museum, Rosebank

  • The Museum, established in 1971, is governed by the University of Cape Town and the Irma Stern Trust. It aims to promote an understanding and appreciation of the life, work and travels of Irma Stern, a major South African artist, by displaying a collection of her art and artefacts in the domestic setting of her home. Opening Hours: Tuesday- Friday from 10am-5pm
    Saturday from 10am-2pm
    Closed public holidays
  • Klein Plasie Living Open Air Museum, Worcester

    Owing to its situation in the Breede River Valley the Worcester Museum is a cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture. Open Mon-Fri 08:00–16:30, Saturday: 08:00-13:00.  Closed Public Holidays.

  • Hugo Naudé & Jean Welz Gallery, Worcester

    Hugo Naudé & Jean Welz Gallery 115 Russell St, T023-342 5802, Mon-Fri 08:30-16:30, Sat 09:00-12:00, is home to a mixed collection of works by prominent South African artists.

  • Church Street, Tulbagh

    Tulbagh is the fourth oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam) dating back to the early 1700s. Charming Church Street boasts the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian provincial heritage sites in one street in South Africa, all lovingly restored post the devastating earthquake of 1969.

  • Sheik Yusuf Kramat

    Is in Faure and is one of the most important spiritual shrines in the country.

  • Church Square and the Slave Lodge, Cape Town

    Church Square and Slave Lodge, at the top corner of Adderley Street, bear witness to the turbulent past of the Cape of Good Hope.  Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00  Closed on Sundays, Workers’ Day and Christmas Day  Tel: +27 (0)21 467 7229

  • Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay

    Opening times: Mon-Fri 09:00-14:45, Weekends 09:00-15:45 Closed Good Friday and Christmas.

  • Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

    Dorp Street is a quaint oak lined street in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. As one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in southern Africa.

  • The Castle of Goodhope, Cape Town

    The oldest building (1666) in South Africa – was once a fort, but today functions as a showcase of the Cape’s early days.  Opening house: Mondays-Sundays 09:30-16:00 except on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day.

  • West Coast Fossil Park, West Coast

    Visit the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa. See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area some 5 million years ago. Opening times: Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00   Saturday, Sunday & public holidays: Opening times vary according to season.  (You are advised to phone or email ahead of your visit).  Closed:Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday.

  • Cape Agulhas

    The region at the southernmost tip of Africa

 

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