Kirstenbosch Gardens has a fascinating history that dates back to a time long before Western explorers set foot in the Cape.
Humble breakwater to spectacular shopping, dining and entertainment centre – the story of the V&A Waterfront
When you’re walking the breezy aisles of this world-class shopping and entertainment centre, it’s easy to forget that the V&A Waterfront has played an integral part of the city’s early development. Step outside into the fresh harbour air, and you’ll quickly see just how historically significant this corner of the Cape really is.
The prominent position of Robben Island, in the heart of Table Bay, has made it a well-documented landmark for many hundreds of years.
Cape Point initially earned its place in the history books for all the wrong reasons. Originally labelled as the Cape of Storms by Bartolomeu Dias, it developed a notorious reputation as a hazardous trap for weary sailors. Many ships fell pray to the violent, turbulent seas and submerged rocks, and a startling number of ships wrecked in and around the point, many of which are still visible in the waters and across the various Cape Point beaches.
If the oak-lined road leading into the estate don’t give it away, the beautifully maintained heritage buildings surely will – Groot Constantia is one of the grandest and oldest estates in South Africa, and it has a fascinating history dating back to 1685.