Today, we are going to embark on the journey to unpack some of the most incredible stories of the Khoi-Khoi people and the Bushmen “San”. A visit to the first garden that was created by the VOC “Dutch East India Company”, Slave Lodge(Were the slaves were kept), and District Six
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Ikhaya Lodge in Gardens (08 Wandel street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001)
Introduction by the guide
A walk to the garden
The Dutch East India Company established the garden in Cape Town for the purpose of providing fresh vegetables to the settlement as well as passing ships. Master gardener and free burgher Hendrik Boom prepared the first ground for the sowing of seed on 29 April 1652. The settlers sowed different kinds of seeds and kept records thereof each day. Through trial and error, they managed to compile a calendar which they used for the sowing and harvesting throughout the year. At first, they grew salad herbs, peas, large beans, radish, beet, spinach, wheat, cabbage, asparagus, and turnips among others.
The Slave Lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. The building has answered to many names in the last three centuries, namely; Slave Lodge, Government Offices Building, Old Supreme Court, and SA Cultural History Museum. All these names reflect the long and rich history of the building.
In 1998 this museum was renamed the Slave Lodge. Under the umbrella theme, ‘From human wrongs to human rights”. Exhibitions on the lower level of this museum explore the long history of slavery in South Africa. Through our changing, temporary exhibitions we address issues around and we raise human rights awareness.
The upper level galleries as well as other spaces in the museum will be renewed in the coming years.
The museum also offers an audio-guided tour, which can be rented at a nominal fee. This guide takes you on a historical journey through the Slave Lodge and provides insight into the dismal living conditions during slavery in South Africa.
The Hands Off District Six Conference of 1988 led to the formation of the District Six Museum Foundation in 1989. The Foundation worked towards the establishment of the Museum which was launched on 10 December 1994 with its inaugural exhibition called Streets: Retracing District Six.
Leading up to this, the Museum existed as a peripatetic movement between 1989 and 1994, building support for the work of memory through creating collecting points and storytelling opportunities in different parts of the city.
On 24 July 2018, a statue of Nelson Mandela on the balcony overlooking the Grand Parade was unveiled. It was on the same spot where he made a speech when he was released from prison on 11 February 1990. A 3D computer model of the Nelson Mandela Statue was also created. The 3D model is based on terrestrial laser scanning and photogrammetry.
We can walk back to Ikhaya Lodge if the guests came with their own car/s or the guests can take Uber back to their accommodation from Cape Town City Hall
At the starting point or at our last destination
Please bring the following:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sun hat and sun lotions in the summer season