Excursion to the Slave Lodge
History and Facts
The Slave lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. This building has a long history. It has had a few different names over time: Slave lodge, Government offices building, Old supreme court and SA Cultural History Museum. In 1998 this museum was renamed into the name Slave Lodge under the theme: From human wrongs, to human rights. Exploring the lower level of this museum 1shows the long history of slavery in South Africa. The slave lodge was built in 1679 as the Slave lodge of the Dutch East Indian Company. Between 1679 and 1811, it is believed that there have been up to 9000 slaves lived in this building.
In 1810 this building had to serve as government offices, including different offices such as the parliament and the Cape Supreme Court, which were housed in this building in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1960, this building was restored to function as a cultural history museum. The SA Cultural History museum, now named as Slave Lodge, opened its door in 1966.In 1969 it became an autonomous museum. In 1998 this building was renamed to the slave lodge.
About Slave Lodge
In this museum, located in the city centre of Cape Town, you can see the history of these slaves and the building where they lived in. There are different rooms with objects that come from this time, such as weapons, jewellery and sculptures. This is not something to just forget and therefore it’s very fascinating to have seen this
LTC organizes excursions for their students twice a week. This includes activities such as this Slave Lodge museum, but also other activities such as going to the snake park and the red bus tour which are also much fun! With a 2 hour excursion on Wednesday and a half or a full day excursion on Friday, our students will combine studying and having fun at the same time to develop themselves at their best!
The red bus tour excursion!
With the red bus tour you can explore Cape Town on your own pace. There are different routes and you can hop off and on at any of the stops with your ticket. There is the Red City Tour, which includes the Yellow Downtown Tour and there is the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, which includes the Purple Wine Tour.
The Red City Tour has got 11 stops. The featured stops on this tour are:
– Table Mountain cable way
– District Six Museum
– Castle of Good Hope
The Blue mini Peninsula Tour has got 14 stops. The featured stops on this tour are:
– World of Birds
– Imizamo Yethu
When you have a ticket, you can hop on and off wherever you want. You can visit the places where you stop and you don’t need to be back on a specific time as there are different busses every 20 to 35 minutes. Tours run 7 days a week, 365 days a year. On every stop you can see on what time the next bus is coming. In this way you can easily explore Cape Town at its best.
You can buy tickets online at city sightseeing or at the city sightseeing office in the V&A Waterfront
LTC organizes excursions for their students twice a week. This includes activities such as this Red Bus Tour, but also other activities such as going to the Snake Park and Cave mini golf in Waterfront which are also much fun! With a 2 hour excursion on Wednesday and a half or a full day excursion on Friday, our students will combine studying and having fun at the same time to develop themselves at their best!
Cave Mini Golf excursion
The cave golf located in Waterfront is a very interesting, indoor course with 18 holes which are deceptively difficult. They are well designed with challenges everywhere. The first three holes will make you think it will be easy, but that’s only the beginning! At the fourth hole, the game will become more challenging when you are confronted with sharp corners, vertical ramps, obstacles and slanted putting surfaces.
The cave mini golf is fun and because it’s indoor you can do it in every weather circumstances. Comparing to other putt-putt courses each hole is not very long, but it doesn’t mean they are any easier. The cave mini-golf is one of the best family activities as it is suitable for people for all ages. For only 15 rand you can have a great time and create memorable moments. Therefore, you can celebrate your win at one of the many W&A waterfront’s terrific bars and restaurants.
LTC organizes excursions for their students twice a week. This includes activities such as this Cave golf, but also other activities such as going to the Snake Park and the Red Bus Tour which are also much fun! With a 2 hour excursion on Wednesday and a half or a full day excursion on Friday, our students will combine studying and having fun at the same time to develop themselves at their best!
Excursion to the Snake Park
Imhoff’s Snake Park is a reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. This is also a very interesting place for people who want to know more about reptiles and the different species. The snake park is just a part of the Imhoff farm. The imhoff farm is a very restful place with grass, fountains and shops with a peaceful background music. In the imhoff farm you can grab something to eat, visit the art gallery and private tasting and cheese courses of the Imhoff Cheese, which is made on their own farm! Furthermore you can do camel rides, horse rides, visiting the snake park and much more! There are a lot of things to do for children up to adults.
The Imhoff’s snake park is rated as one of the beautiful South’s ‘must do’s’. After you have passed the African grey parrot and the alligators, you will find some interesting snakes and reptiles. Besides of the many snakes, there is also a creature called ‘blue-tong sink’, which looks like a cross between a snake and a lizard! Could this be the proof that snakes and legs once?
Other reptiles which are worth taking a look at includes the 3.5 meter long yellow anaconda, the Mozambique spitting Cobra and the Californian King Snake. When visiting the Snake Park you will learn a lot about these snakes and reptiles. You will also discover some interesting facts about the animals. One of the best parts are holding these reptiles. From the lizard to the snake called Ben, which is an 18 pound snake you can hold around your neck!
LTC and Snake Park
LTC organizes excursions twice a week. This includes activities such as this Cave golf, but also other activities such as going to the chocolate factory and the Red Bus Tour which are also much fun! With a 2 hour excursion on Wednesday and a half or a full day excursion on Friday, our students will combine studying and having fun at the same time to develop themselves at their best!
Cape Town Diamond Museum
Cape Town offers a variety of museums. The Diamond museum is one of the museums in Cape Town you definitely have to visit. Cape Town Diamond museum is a non-profit organisation, and they are trying to create a new appreciation for the Diamonds and its history. This museum is located in the Clock Tower in Waterfront and is one of the museums in Waterfront.
When visiting the museum, you can expect a guided 25-40 minutes tour from a diamond professional which offers you an opportunity to learn more about the history of diamonds, the diamond industry, South Africa and diamond and why it’s the world’s most desired treasure. In the museum, you can see a diversity of replicas including a replica of world’s biggest diamond ever found! There is also mining gear which was used to mine diamond, including helmets, jackets, lights and tools.
During the tour the diamond professional asked me if I knew why the engagement ring is worn on the left ring finger. Nobody could tell her the answer. A man named Archduke Maximilian, who was the first person ever who proposed with a diamond, said that there’s a vein that goes straight to the heart from that finger. This is one of the interesting facts you will come to know during the tour.
LTC organizes excursions for their students including visiting the Cape Town diamond museum. It was a very interesting museum with a good organised tour. We didn’t know a lot about diamonds and during the tour we came to know more and more facts. We’ve also made a group picture with the mining gear, which was pretty fun!