Cape Town

One of the world’s favourite cities

Cape townAs the oldest city in South Africa, Cape Town boasts a number of historical buildings, many of which are still in use today. The city’s architecture is a testament to the many varying influences in South Africa’s unique history. The Castle of Good Hope, erected between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, is the oldest building in South Africa. The castle is a blend of medieval and 17th-century architecture designed in a pentagon. Many original Cape Dutch-style buildings are protected as being part of South Africa’s national heritage under the country’s heritage legislation, so their façades cannot be changed. Groot Constantia, a superb example of Cape Dutch architecture that has been converted to a museum, is located on a working wine farm.

Just off the coast lies Robben Island, home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners were held during South Africa’s apartheid era. Today Robben Island is a World Heritage Site and a constant reminder to a democratic South Africa of the price paid for its people’s freedom. Ferries run several times daily from the V&A Waterfront to the island, where prison tours are conducted. Downtown Cape Town is home to dozens of beautiful old building and also home to the unique District 6 Museum where the life and times of those who suffered forced removal from the city, is graphically depicted.

In 1488 Bartholomew Dias, the Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape at the tip of the African continent. Diaz actually landed in Mosselbay in the Garden Route first as he mistook it for Cape Town! On his return voyage he named it “Capo Tormentoso”, or “Cape of Storms”, due to the treacherous seas this area, today known as Cape Point, is notorious for. Following one shipwreck after another, construction eventually began on Cape Point’s first lighthouse in 1857. It is from the Houses of Parliament that the president gives his State of the Nation address, after the opening of Parliament – a colourful spectacle for visitors. A visit to Cape Town is not complete without ascending Table Mountain by funicular to view the splendour of the peninsula in all directions.

Dreamcatcher has 3 Homestays currently registered in Cape Town who are situated in various suburbs outside the down town area. The three registered Dreamcatcher Homestayss Kamammas (Mandisa, Bernie and Carol), offer heartwarming encounters with the local community where their comfortable homestays are to be found and home from home cooking and local treats are the order of the day. Kamamma Carol spent a year as an intern in our Office to learn the skills of tourism and is currently upgrading her homesta. Kamamma Mandisa was the first woman from historically disadvantaged black cultures who was empowered to become a tour guide in the Western Cape. Bernie is assisted by her jovial husband. They are closely involved in the community on a day to day basis which ranges from assisting to develop programme for children to stay off the streets after school, to a local creche and primary school, church and centre for abused women and children.. Dreamcatcher has four community projects where visitors can engage with the locals via our Dreamcatcher Kamammas.

Homestays in Capetown