Walking Tour 9:

Liesbeek River Tour:
Rondebosch to Kirstenbosch


Tour Length: 3 hours

Tour Themes: XXXXXXX

Meeting Point: Rustenberg Girls' Junior School

End Point: Boschenheuwel Arboretum

Fitness Level: Medium

Language: English

Price: R150

Starting Point

End Point

A Bit of Background

The Liesbeek River – The Amstel Laager

Is this a walk or a hike?

Let’s say it’s the best of both and not the worst of either…

But in a marvellous feat of suburban adventure, we’ll follow the incredibly extant line of Jan van Riebeeck’s infamous bitter-almond hedge all the way from the gates of Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School in Rondebosch to the Boschenheuwel Arboretum just short of Kirstenbosch Gardens.

This is South Africa’s first frontier – the first border-wall that separated the founding Cape Dutch estates from the infinitely beautiful and inhospitable hinterland that we eventually deemed our shared homeland. Along the way, we’ll sample the sights and stories of the half-ancient watering-holes that gradually became the independent constituencies of Rondebosch, Newlands, Claremont, Wynberg, Bishopscourt and Protea Village.

On this slim strip a hundred histories that still define our nation’s character and fame were founded and pushed out across the Flats – from the most densely diverse botanical kingdom on earth to the biggest brewing industry this side of Sydney to the homestead style of architecture that would inspire revivals for hundreds of years to follow.

And on either end you’ve got a lovely cafe strip and the best free picnic site in the province to look forward to.

Bring your walking shoes, your cameras, your water bottles, your snack baskets and your curiosity, and come enjoy a 3D movie gliding through time and space to the heart of the peninsula.

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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