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A Botanical History of Cape Town

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A Botanical History of Cape Town

2 recensioni
Durata
2 ore
Dimensioni del gruppo
Fino a 8 persone
Include
Cibo, Bevande
Offerta in
Inglese
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A Botanical History of Cape Town

camminata storica

A Botanical History of Cape Town

2 recensioni
Durata
2 ore
Dimensioni del gruppo
Fino a 8 persone
Include
Cibo, Bevande
Offerta in
Inglese

Cosa farete

The story is set against a backdrop of Table Mountain. We begin with a tribute to the plants at the mountain top that turn the clouds into running water. This water feeds our human history. Moving through the Company’s Garden, we learn about the first people to call this place home and how they used local plants to survive. The vegetable gardens share the arrival of Europeans and how they altered the landscape in order to prosper. Massive trees tell epic tales and countless arbitrary-seeming shrubs speak for the first botanists to describe South Africa's flora to science. We will also witness intimate plant-animal relationships and spy on butterflies. Downtown, plants are immortalized in the architecture and thrive uninvited in the cracks of historic buildings. Ancient pharmacy displayed on pavements presents conflicts between tradition and conservation. An average fruit-vending stand is not only a snack break, but a chapter on South Africa’s diverse climates. Amidst the chaos and colour of the flower market, we are allowed a glimpse into the lives of the famous 4th-generation flower sellers. En route to a contemporary cafe I’ll share more secrets: the link between pavement trees and the cowhide rugs sold in their shade, the superpowers of the ornamental shrubs in hip restaurants... We wind up on a shaded corner with tea/cordial made from plants we met along the way.

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Lizzie

I am a qualified botanist and historical tour guide. I've been earning a living for the past 4 years by giving historical walking tours in Cape Town's CBD, as well as botanical tours of wild reserves and cultivated gardens. I'm passionate about urban biodiversity and spend my spare time in my backyard with a spade in hand. I get VERY excited when a new butterfly species visits my garden. Through my job I've got to know Cape Town's centre (and the diverse community that occupies its streets) very intimately. And I've noticed plants everywhere, even in the architecture. I've learned that they have truly epic stories to tell - from shade-trees to pavement weeds. The historical knowledge I'm constantly gaining has taken a strong botanical direction. I've come to understand human history through plants.

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Cibo
Seasonal fruit from a local vendor
Bevande
Either cordial or tea made from indigenous herbs

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Dove ti troverai

We’ll explore the historic centre. We begin in the Dutch East India Company’s garden (est. 1650’s) – an oasis within the city’s chaos with spectacular mountain views. We then move downtown to the flower market before winding through some back streets to chill out in a shady café. Along the way we pass Parliament, the Slave Lodge, Desmond Tutu’s church and other historic buildings, and meet a huge diversity of important plants and people.

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Possono partecipare fino a 8 ospiti di almeno 16 anni. Inoltre, i genitori possono portare figli di età inferiore a 2 anni.
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A Botanical History of Cape Town
2 recensioni
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2 recensioni
A partire da 21€ a persona