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Discover Cape Town on foot

Learn about Cape Town’s complex past on this private, guided tour of the Mother City …

By Sally Petersen
Sally Petersen, Director of AWOL Tours, Alfred&'s partner in South Africa

Take a private guided walking tour of Cape Town to learn about the Mother City’s complex past. The tour is a great way to get under the skin of our beautiful city; there’s so much variety here from the waterfront to the Central Business District, historical landmarks and Table Mountain. I’d suggest taking the two-to-three-hour tour when you first arrive so you can get your bearings and an overview of the city’s history. Our experienced guides can answer all of your questions, as well as give you recommendations for restaurants and other activities in Cape Town.

We begin in the Dutch East India Company’s Gardens, a green oasis that began as a vegetable patch in the 1650s. Here you’ll also get to see our Houses of Parliament, which have decorative porticos and a dome. Other key sites we visit include Church Square and the Slave Lodge, where we talk about the long, challenging history of slavery in South Africa. You’ll also see St George’s Cathedral, which is the oldest in Southern Africa and known as the ‘People’s Cathedral’ as it played an important role in the struggle against apartheid.

However, all of our tours are private and personalised to suit your interests. Perhaps you have Jewish heritage and want to visit the Jewish museum, or maybe you’ve seen pictures of the colourful houses in Bo-Kaap, where Muslim-majority slaves were once segregated under apartheid, and want to visit this area. The main thing we want to achieve is to challenge guests to learn about our past. We have a difficult history but I believe it’s essential to learn about that when you’re travelling in South Africa.


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Alfred & Sally Petersen

A Cape Town local, Sally Petersen is the owner of AWOL Tours, which specialises in hiking and cycling tours in and around the city. It was while living in London and working as an accountant that Sally discovered her passion for cycling and embarked on a 15-month bike trip through Africa. Determined not to return to the office, Sally trained as a tour guide in Cape Town and set up AWOL in 2002.
Sally Petersen, Cape Town walking tour, Table Mountain hike and winelands cycling tour

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