Cape Town on Foot: From the Slave Lodge to Bo-Kaap
Towards Buitengracht Street
We're now heading towards Buitengracht Street, which means 'Outer-Canal' Street.
This was originally the western border of old Cape Town. As late as 1771, slaves were digging a street canal for which the town had become famous. These were narrow channels into which river water was led, to supply the settlement with fresh water. The Dutch called this stream 'Verse Rivier' while the local Khoikhoi population called it 'Camissa'; both meaning fresh, or sweet water. Incidentally, the stream still bubbles beneath the streets of central Cape Town.
I'll meet you on the next corner.