Castle of Good Hope
Noon Day Gun
Diamond Cutting Tour
Duration +/- 8hrs
8:30am Hotel Pick-up
Qualified local Guide
All Entrance Fees
4:30pm Hotel Drop-off
Lunch - Own Account
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a trip to Table Mountain, voted “one of the New Natural Wonders of Nature” in 2012.
A quick ride up the cable car is all you need to experience this famous landmark. If the weather is favourable, you will have 360-degree views of the “Mother City” which are breathtaking from this vantage point. What makes Table Mountain so unique is that it forms an innate amphitheater around the City which rare. If the weather is not favourable, don’t despair, the tour will take you up to the top of Signal Hill which also has spectacular views.
From there, the tour continues on to the oldest remaining colonial structure in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope. The Castle of Good Hope was built as a naval replenishment base by the Dutch East India Company in the late 1960’s.
The tour then takes you on a historical drive through the Mother City indicating the prominent landmarks as you go by. You will see, among other things the Houses of Parliament, Company Gardens and the Greenmarket Square but to name a few.
Our next region of interest is the Bo-Kaap area, essentially a Township; it is the heart of the Cape Malay culture in Cape Town and was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is situated surrounding Signal Hill and the architecture here is historical of what Cape Town would have been like 200 years ago.
At the top of Signal Hill, you will witness the discharging of the Noon Day Gun. The firing of the cannon on a daily basis is one of Cape Town’s oldest traditions and the 2 cannons used (one for backup) are two of the oldest in the world that are still being used on a daily basis.
We then head off for lunch at the acclaimed Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Set against the Eastern hills of Table Mountain, few gardens can equal the pure splendor of Kirstenbosch. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden was the first botanic garden in the world to dedicate itself to its country’s indigenous flora and in 2004 it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first ever botanic garden in the world to claim this honour.
The gardens span 528 hectares of which 36 are already cultivated. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens appeals to everyone; you don’t have to be a plantsman or gardener. Birdwatchers will be amazed at the variety of birds that visit the gardens and photographers will find the scenery and spectacular views mesmerising.
We then head back to the hustle and bustle of the city for a quick stop at Greenmarket Square. Situated between Long and Short Market streets, this cobbled square is a favourite stop for Capetonians to buy all their clothing, jewellery, crafts and so forth. More than just a flea market, at busy times you will see jugglers, mime artists and buskers entertaining the crowds of people browsing the busy market. Greenmarket Square has an interesting history, starting off as a slave market then progressing on to become a fruit & vegetable market and even a parking lot in the 1950’s. The market is very successful and as a result the surrounding businesses continue to grow and prosper.
Our last stop on this tour is the Diamond Works. Here you can experience first-hand the interesting world of Diamond and Jewellery production. Offering their clients more than just exquisite jewellery in impermeable display cases, the Diamond Works takes their clients on a foray through the chronicle of diamonds and tanzanite (with a glass of bubbly in hand) where you meet the designers, goldsmiths and cutters that actually work at the Diamond Works. You will then be taken to see some impressive pieces that have been created on-site. The four C’s of diamonds will be shared with you on your tour and you will also get to see a replica of the largest diamond ever found, the Cullinan.