Cape Town audio tour: Changing Neighbourhoods: Walmer Estate and Upper Woodstock

Changing Neighbourhoods: Walmer Estate and Upper Woodstock

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

Walmer Estate and Woodstock are changing. Christine Hogg – a curious local – set out to discover more about the area's hybrid architecture, colonial history and recent transformation.

She found residents, business owners and NGO workers who are all aware that a shift is happening, but have different stories to tell about it. Moosa Sydow reminisces about a community-focused Walmer Estate, Josephine Vollenhoven remembers when the highway was still a playground and Helen MacGregor of the Development Action Group explains what needs to be done about gentrification. En route, you’ll also find out about urban greening, historic farms, and the first telephone line in South Africa.

Tour Producer


Christine Hogg

My name is Christine. Find out more about me here:

Major Landmarks

  • The Peace Garden

Directions to Starting Point

Corner Melbourne and Coronation Roads, Walmer Estate, Cape Town, 8001.

If you're coming from town, get onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard, and take the Melbourne Road turn off. Veer left to go up Mountain Road, take the first right into Chester Road, and then turn right again into Melbourne Road. You'll see the entrance to the Nelson Mandela Boulevard Garden Court on your right. Enter the parking lot and start the route in front of the hotel entrance.

If you're coming from the other direction, also take the Melbourne Road exit, but then take the first left into the parking lot of the Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard.

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Places to stop along the way

Jamaica Me Crazy, Pesce Azzurro, Dress Me Up, Chandani, Steamcraft Restaurant & Bar, The Woodstock Lounge, The Field Office, The Woodstock Peace Garden, Greenpop Tree Nursery

Best time of day

I don't recommend doing this route at night. Daylight enhances the breathtaking views and prevents suspicious characters from targeting your belongings.


Consider the opening times of the Woodstock Peace Garden: from 7.30am to 8pm weekdays, and 9am to 11am on Saturdays and Sundays. Barney Barnard and his dog live on the premises -- they like visitors, just be considerate. Also, make sure you close all gates you open in the Peace Garden.

Be careful when you cross roads close to the highway and be respectful in residential areas.


This tour has been my first audio tour. I found the way of getting to know an area fantastic. I enjoyed Christine's tour. I really liked her voice and the spots she chose to comment on. Although I sometimes missed a guiding thread,I learned many new things and saw the streets with other eyes... The audio-quality of the first interview partner was not too good but otherwise everything was easy to understand. I had to take out my phone sometimes to look at the map because the localization didn't always work in time. But it was no big problem! Thanks a lot, Christine!

Posted by Leonie S , over 5 years ago
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Changing Neighbourhoods: Walmer Estate and Upper Woodstock