The Company's Gardens

Description

Slap bang in the middle of the city is a green oasis and what some locals only think of as a cool spot for a picnic. Well, if you stroll down the garden path you’ll find a lot more than sprawling lawns, lush plantings and luxuriant blooms.

A walk back in time Named for the Dutch East India Company, the Company’s Gardens lie alongside the elegant Houses of Parliament and Tuynhuys, the President’s Cape Town residence. Established in the 1650’s by Jan van Rieebeck, the Company’s Gardens was provided fresh produce for the ships and Cape Town’s colonists.

In 1848 the Garden became a botanical garden and public park, enticing visitors for a wander around the fountains, rambling lawns, koi fish ponds, Japanese rose garden, aviary, sun dial and some of the country’s oldest cultivated trees.

Nut-gobblers? Be prepared to encounter busy squirrels scampering about, stopping only to grasp titbits proffered to them. Most visitors enjoy feeding the Garden's permanent residents, grabbing bags of peanuts from vendors at the Adderley Street entrance.

Culture vultures and arty farties head to the Iziko South African National Gallery to check out the empressive collections of South African, African, British, Dutch, French and Flemish art. The Gardens is also home to the Iziko South African Museum with its phenomenal collection of one and a half million specimens. A mosey around the Museum’s halls leaves one with a greater understanding of the earth’s biological and cultural diversity.

Beam me up? Next door is the Iziko Planetarium where you can kick back for the ultimate in comfy armchair travel – a cosmic voyage through outer space projected onto an enormous dome.

Anyone for tea? Join tourists or lunchtime locals for a feast of scones, jam and cream or homemade apple pie under the boughs of stately old trees at the Company's Garden Tearoom.

The Company's Gardens Map

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Accommodation near The Company's Gardens

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1,810
1 night, 2 adults

St Martini Gardens 438

Sleeps 4 Cape Town Self-catering in Cape Town
0.13km from The Company's Gardens

This is a lovely self-catering apartment located in the secure complex of St Martini Gardens. Situat...

from R1,200
1 night, 2 adults

437 St Martini Gardens

Sleeps 3 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.19km from The Company's Gardens

437 St Martini Gardens is a contemporary apartment featuring a balcony and lovely city views. It is...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

830 St Martini Gardens

Sleeps 2 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.20km from The Company's Gardens

830 St Martini Gardens is an elegantly furnished and fully equipped self-catering apartment, ideally...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

St. Martini Gardens B114

Sleeps 2 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.21km from The Company's Gardens

Fully furnished and newly renovated studio aparmtent in a security block of flats, that sleeps up to...

from R610
1 night, 2 adults

Lion's View Apartment

Sleeps 2 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.21km from The Company's Gardens

Lion's View Apartment is situated in the centre of Cape Town, with all amenities an easy walking dis...

from R870
1 night, 2 adults

Studio Martini

Sleeps 2 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.21km from The Company's Gardens

Studio Martini is the perfect base for a Cape Town holiday or business trip in the heart of this vib...

from R2,340
1 night, 2 adults

Cape Town Hollow Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 112 Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Gardens Boutique Hotel in Gardens
0.22km from The Company's Gardens

Stylish accommodation is offered in 56 en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, with modern amenities and ch...

from R1,175
1 night, 2 adults

Daddy Long Legs Self Catering Apartments

Sleeps 22 City Centre Self-catering in City Centre
0.25km from The Company's Gardens

Daddy Long Legs has five, stylish, self-catering, fully furnished apartments. Spacious and recently ...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Long Street Boutique Hotel

Sleeps 14 City Centre Boutique Hotel in City Centre
0.27km from The Company's Gardens

Our Boutique Hotel with a modern Latin cosmopolitan restaurant and bar, and first floor function ven...

from R1,590
1 night, 2 adults

Urban Chic Boutique Hotel & Cafe

Sleeps 8 City Centre Boutique Hotel in City Centre
0.32km from The Company's Gardens

Each room features state-of-the-art amenities and services. Satellite TV, minibar, ad hoc secretaria...

 
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