These days most big cities have walking tours and some, like South-Africa’s Cape Town, even have free walking tours. A great way to practice your English while studying at Oxford English Academy in Cape Town is by joining one of these free tours. At the end of the tour you can tip the guide but don’t feel bad if you can’t afford too, that is why they are called free walking tours. You get a guided tour from a local who gives you some great information about the city and the buildings you pass.
The walking tour starts in front of the beautiful St. George’s Cathedral in Wale Street from where you continue on to the Castle of Good Hope, City Hall, the Company Gardens, Parliament and the colourful Malay Quarter.
Having a guide pointing out specific areas of interest and the history and stories that go along with them is definitely better than walking around aimlessly looking at a map and not looking around; you might just forget to look up at the architecture!! These local guides also give a unique insight into this beautiful city where you are studying English.
Around every corner you will be greeted by stunning architecture, murals and the popular flower market on Adderley Street. Along the route you will also pass the Church Square, the Groote Kerk and the original Slave Lodge.
You will be guided through the former Dutch East India’s Company Garden, today a green oasis in the middle of town. The fragrant Company’s Garden is a park and heritage site built in 1652 by Dutch settlers as a provisioning point where sailors could get fruit, vegetables and fresh water.
Then you will leave the city centre behind and find your way to the original Malay area of Cape Town, the Bo-Kaap. It is famed today for its quaint, colourful houses. After exploring Cape Town centre your guide will lead you to Greenmarket Square where you can ask your last questions before your guide leaves you.