A Walk in The Company Gardens Cape Town
Due to the Dutch sailors needing refreshments on their ships they decided to start a refreshment/halfway station at the foot slopes of Table mountain. The VOC(Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) charged Jan van Riebeeck with this important mission. In 1652 He arrived with 3 ships and the rest is history. But not all however, Some buildings/ structures and the Company Gardens are still around to be explored and enjoyed.
The oldest intact structure dates from 1704/5 which is the Tower of the Grootte Kerk(mother church) and is situated at the bottom end of the much smaller Company Gardens in Adderley street. The buildings and Architecture in Cape Town is yet another story and great walking tour with DiveInn Cape Town.
The Company gardens is still tended not so much for vegetables as before but more for green oasis refreshment in a big city. Vegetable patches however are still grown next to the stunning Rose garden. It is also said the oldest fruit tree a Saffran Pear dates from the times of Jan van Riebeeck. The tree has had some treatment to keep it going and the 4 shoots left comes from the original root stock.
Squirrels and pigeons want to score some nuts from you and are not scared at all. A big aviary with a small variety of birds can be checked out. In between all the trees and different history statues like General Lukin, Cecil John roads are pathways and beautiful tended lawns and people enjoying the fresh Cape Town air at the bottom of one of the 7 wonders in the world, Table Mountain.
So contact us and we can escort you around the garden and point out interesting buildings, monuments plants etc. At the top end of the gardens the National Iziko Museum is also worth a visit.
Thus loads to see and to write best to come and do A Walk in The Company Gardens Cape Town to check for yourself.
WC Tour Guide 6650
PADI MSDT 651921
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