The Original Shoreline

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    30 Jun 2020
    Clock 120min      Length3mi
    2 ratings

    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    Over the centuries, natural and historical events and extensive development have obscured Cape Town's original shoreline. This has influenced the city’s history and reconfigured the shape of the land that meets the water. And yet, it is a line rich with history, and contains layers of stories that have long been supressed, overlooked, or left to lie in dusty drawers and family folklore.

    The tour retraces the original shoreline, from the first making of the land to the present day – and beyond it, into the lessons changes to sea level hold for our future.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town City Hall, Sky Bridge, Foreshore Freeway Bridge, Battery Park, Zeitz MOCAA, Chavonnes Battery, V&A Waterfront

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    This tour starts at the entrance to the Castle of Good Hope, close to the City Sightseeing drop off on Castle Street. If you're in front of the moat, looking at stone lions on top of two yellow pillars, you're in the right place.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    Castle of Good Hope, Milk & Honey Bar, Shift Espresso bar Waterway House, Battery Park, Zeitz MOCAA, Chavonne's Battery, South African Maritime Museum, V&A Waterfront

    Best time of day:

    In summer, it's best to start the walk in the early morning or mid-afternoon when it is less hot. In winter, enjoy the walk at any time of day before sunset.


    Wear comfortable shoes and be aware of your belongings in case of pickpocketing.

    In summer, bring along some water and a hat as it can get very hot. In winter, bring a jacket or raincoat as it can get quite cold and wet.

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