Walking Tour 1:

Oranjezicht

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Tour Length: 3 hours

Tour Themes: XXXXXXX

Meeting Point: Ou Meul Restaurant

End Point: XXXXXXX

Fitness Level: Medium

Language: English

Price: R150

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A Bit of Background

Yes, Oranjezicht is big enough to deserve and encompass a whole two-hour walking tour! In fact it’s honestly underratedly dense and diverting.

This Sunday, the point of the first outing on our 14th route around the peninsula will be the bucolic underside of the Table Valley: our beloved City Bowl filled up to the brim. It may be hard to believe right now but by Sunday evening you’ll be able to envision Kaapstad being as leafy and peri-urban as Stellenbosch or Swellendam.

Starting from the Ou Meul Cafe on Upper Orange at 14h00, we’ll successively circumnavigate Homestead Park, the Oranjezicht City Farm and the remains of the Stadsfontein before gambolling down Rosemount Avenue along the extant path of the Platteklip Stream past the grotesque display of colonial trappings we call the Hurling Pump before doubling back to criss-cross De Waal Park and the Molteno Reservoirs, meaning well in front of Welgemeend Estate and then ending with waffles from Ditto on Kloof Street because I want them to come on board as one of my sponsors sooner rather than later (rest assured we will still chat about the once-glorious tram system that gave Kloof Nek it’s raison d’etre).

So what’s the historic part then? Well, this path is the story of how Cape Town went from a vlek to a dorp to a stad far too quickly. In just two hours, you’ll see the exponential rise of our demands for food, water, residences, leisure and community right at the foot of the most sublime of all backdrops for a city stage. And what’s more, you’ll marvel at how all this space manages to still feel like a village sanctuary just a few minutes’ walk from a perenially-hectic CBD…

So please come join? The best thing you could have done this Sunday was go meet new dogs by the Victorian fountain anyway x

Archive Gallery

All photos, unless otherwise stated, are from the collections of Michael Fortune, Etienne du Plessis and the Cape of Diab group.

Our friends in Hout Bay

Reference Books for this Tour

 

  • Book 1
  • Book 2
  • Book 3
  • Book 4

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