If you are a keen walker, don’t limit yourself to hiking the countryside, come along and check out the urban heart-beat of our nation. There are a selection of city walks available that reveal both our history and our culture in various major centres around the country

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While South Africa is deservedly known for its natural splendour and beauty, the country also boasts big cities and plenty of urban culture. One of the best ways to experience the city is through city walks.

Tthere is a fascinating selection of walks in and around various cities that show off another side of the urban experience entirely. Cape Town, for example, has a number of city walks that are well worth doing. The city centre itself is compact and easily walked, and here you can see many historic buildings, squares and monuments.

One such walk is to start at the Castle of Good Hope and proceed west to the corner of Darling and Buitenkant Streets where you'll find the Grand Parade - where Nelson Mandela made his first memorable speech after being released after 27 years of imprisonment under apartheid. This is also the site of Cape Town's City Hall.

If you keep walking to the top of Adderly Street you'll come to the Company Gardens and Cape Town's Cultural History Museum. The reconstructed tombstone of Jan Van Riebeeck can be found in the courtyard.

Durban features the architect Anwar Jahangeer's CityWalk which moves from the suburban shopping mall of Musgrave Centre, down Berea Road, through the bustling Warwick Street district, into the City Centre and ending at the harbour's edge. This route takes you through the entire spectrum of Durban city life in all its diversity and colour.

Johannesburg is home to the famous Parktown Heritage walk where you can view mansions of the original mining magnates, many of which were designed by the famous architect Herbert Baker.

The best advice is to consult your city guide in each major centre that you visit to find out what walks are available in that area.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Johannesburg Tourism
Tel: +27 11 214 0700
Email: info@joburgtourism.com

Cape Town Tourism
Tel: +27 (0) 21 405 4500
Email: info@capetown.travel

Durban Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7500
Email: kznta@iafrica.com

How to get here

City walks are all accessible by car, bus and taxi

Best time to visit

City walks are good all year round

Length of stay

Half day

What to pack

Don't carry too much in the way of equipment but arm yourself with good walking shoes, sunhat, water bottle, sunglasses, camera