Iziko is a isiXhosa term that signifies “hearth”, a place for gathering and exchanging ideas, stories and oral history. It is also the term for a collection of 12 national museum sites in Cape Town that do sterling work in the spheres of history, social history and the arts. Several of these can be accessed through a half day walk which includes the Company Gardens (originally laid in the 1650’s).
The South African National Gallery and the Michaelis Collection showcase historic art as well as curated collections and the latest offerings by the very talented students of the Michaelis School of Fine Art. A stone’s throw away you will find the South African Museum of local natural history and the Iziko Planetarium that will help you make sense of the night skies in the Southern Hemisphere.
A stroll through the Garden’s (and the inevitable squirrel and pigeon feeding that accompanies this) will take you to the Slave Lodge and St. George’s Cathedral (the former seat of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, our first black archbishop and legendary activist and peace broker). Parallel to the Gardens you will find Kloof Street which becomes Long Street, both of which contain deli’s, restaurants, clothing stores and the melting pot of curios, The Pan African Market, where you can pick up anything from Mali to Morocco, Kenya to Cape Town.
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