From the hotel, take a short walk to the Company’s Garden at the top of Adderley Street. Originally created in the 1650s to provide fresh produce for passing trade ships, you will find Delville Wood Memorial Garden, statues, a fish pond, rose garden, a herb and succulent garden and many interesting large trees … oh, and the country’s oldest pear tree, planted in 1652!
Also located in the gardens are the Iziko South African Museum and the National Gallery. The museum is a thrilling place to learn about natural history and houses over a million specimens that are significant to science and natural development – from ancient stone tools and artefacts to dinosaur dioramas; from fossils almost 700-million years old to fish and insects of today. The museum is also home to an astounding planetarium, where you can learn about the stars and planets in the night sky.
The National Gallery houses some amazing South African, African, British, French, Dutch and Flemish art. To add interest, it features a changing programme of temporary exhibitions that put photography, sculpture, beadwork, textiles, architecture and paintings in the spotlight.