Historical sites in the Western Cape
1The Castle of Good Hope
Home to the prison where former President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated, the island now welcomes visitors from all over the world to view his cell, and the cell of many other famous freedom fighters.
3Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
This entire street in the oldest town in South Africa has been declared a national heritage site thanks to its impressive buildings in the Cape-Dutch style.
4Groot Constantia, Cape Town
Franschhoek directly translated is ‘The French Corner’. It was settled by Huguenots (French Protestants) in the 1700s. This town is home to a fine museum and historical wine cellars that still bear French names.
7Sheik Yusuf Kramat
One of the most important spiritual shrines in the country. Sheik Yusuf is said to be the father of Islam in South Africa and lived in the Cape in the late 1600’s.
8Church Street, Tulbagh
Tulbagh’s entire Church Street has been declared a heritage site and features lovingly restored and maintained Cape Dutch buildings straight out of the 18th century.
9The Company’s Garden, Cape Town
In Upper Addlerley Street is the oldest garden in South Africa, established in 1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden to supply fresh produce to passing ships.
10Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay
Established in 1988, this museum complex is a tribute to the discoverer Bartholomeu Dias and boasts an impressive replica of his Caravel.