Below the surface and tunnel tours in South Africa.
CAMISSA, meaning ‘the place of sweet waters’ is the ancient Khoi name for Cape Town. Embedded, lost and obscured within the city’s fabric this vital ecological and cultural link still exists…. LET’S RECLAIM CAMISSA, TOGETHER. Come along and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Mother City, founded and settled due to her water resources.
Our walks cover parts of Camissa and include the explanation of our natural history, some of the cultural stories associated with our water system and the possible way forward to a more sustainable water future in Cape Town, according to RECLAIM CAMISSA’s vision.
We have three options for you to choose from on this day. All three the options are part of the same tour allow those interested in either the whole or only part of the tour to still join:
Option 1: Above and Below
Option 2: Only above
Option 3: Only below
Included in the cost: Your guides, boots, headlamps, the vans, the drinks, the snacks and all the stories that you can handle while you are with us.
Minim group sizes apply. The tour is weather dependant.
Starting in Deer Park at the top of Deer Park Drive at the boom (opposite the SANParks ablution block) we will take a short walk uphill to De Grendel - ‘the lock’. We then commence our descent, following the path of the water passing several beautiful sites of relevance including the last remaining of Cape Town’s water collection points - the Hurling Swaai - Pump; ending at the spring in Weltevreden Street. From here we take you in our minivan to the entrance of a underground walk down the river bed of what was the Varsche Rivier. This walk ending on the lawns of the Castle with refreshments and snacks before we take back to your car in Deer park.
Come and join us on this enlightening and adventurous excursion following Camissa.