Table Mountain Dams Tour
Table Mountain is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and this tour will show you why.
An expert team of guides will lead a hike up Table Mountain to 2 of the 5 dams at the top. The history of these dams will be revealed along the way with stops along the new and old pipe routes, explanations of the construction challenges and the sources and colour of the water, among other stories of this magnificent mountain.
Bring along a small backpack, sunscreen, water and a hat and wear secure walking shoes. Participants need to be physically fit for this 4 hour adventure. A bus will be provided to transport participants to the start of the hike.
- 08:00-13:00 Thursday 14 December 2017
City Tunnels Tour
If you would like to experience a walk below the bustling streets of Cape Town, be sure to attend this exciting tour.
During the early days of “Little Amsterdam” – as Cape Town was commonly known –canals and rivers, not highways and interchanges, acted as routes of travel and supplied the Company Gardens and ships with fresh water. Sadly, these canals and rivers became an unofficial waste disposal system – which was covered up sometime during the late 19th century. Still in existence today though, these tunnels – approximately two meters in diameter – which are located under the busy streets of the city and now help with storm water drainage, channel fresh run-off water from Table Mountain (straight into the sea).
This tour will journey through these underground tunnels and beneath the belly of the Mother City accompanied by qualified guides. Each person will be provided with a permit and a hard hat. Bring along your own torch, water and non-slip shoes – old trainers, river shoes or gumboots. Participants need to be physically fit and surefooted, as parts of the tunnels can be slippery and as there are obstacles to hurdle and ladders to climb.
- 10:00-12:30 Thursday 14 December 2017
Robben Island History of Water Infrastructure Tour
Robben Island is home to the prison where Nelson Mandela spent most of his imprisonment. It is a small island of 5 square kilometres located about 7 kilometres offshore from Cape Town. This poorly resourced island provided an opportunity for creative water infrastructure to be implemented. An expert in the history of the water infrastructure on Robben Island will accompany the island’s history tour to provide an insightful view of South Africa’s culture and water culture.
Bring along a small bag, water, sunscreen, and a hat and wear secure walking shoes. The tour involves a ferry trip to the island, a bus tour of the island and a short walk through the old prison.
- 09:00-13:00 Thursday 14 December 2017