Cape Town is a proudly multicultural city where Christian, Muslim, Jewish and traditional African beliefs co-exist peacefully. South African history has made this a hard-won and fragile harmony built on heart-breaking stories. Today it is a bustling, cosmopolitan city, renown for its creativity (it was a World Design Capital in 2014) and ingenuity as it nestles under the protection of Table Mountain.
Sculptures abound in the gardens of the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel:
Brightly coloured houses and narrow cobbled streets define the district of Bo-Kaap, located at the foot of Signal Hill. Many of the residents can trace their ancestry back to slaves brought from Malaysia, Indonesia and a number of African countries.
While the name is a bit misleading, the district is still known today as the Cape Malay Quarter. It is the spiritual home of Capetown's Muslim community. South Africa's first mosque, founded in 1797 by Imam Abdulla ibn Abd al Salaam, is still located here.
The Rt Hon Cecil John Rhodes, DCL, was a British businessman, mining magnate, and politician in South Africa. Rhodes statue towers over the Company Gardens, he is currently persona non grata in Capetown as his statues have recently been defaced by protesters.
And at the National Botanical Gardens ... they had me at "Kirsten" !
I'm Kirsten Marion. After a series of life-changing events, my husband and I decided to spend the kids’ inheritance and see as much of the world as possible. Our bible? A Thousand Places to See Before You Die.