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Cape Town is renowned for its vibrant open-air markets and the two most popular are the OZCF Market which is held every Saturday morning (in all weathers), and the Good Company Sunday Market. Join your guide for a few hours at these two vibrant markets and try out delicious market fare.
The experience starts at OZCF Market in Grangers Bay at the V&A Waterfront and ends at the Good Company Sunday Market at the Company Gardens in the Cape Town City Bowl. It’s also an opportunity to browse through the local arts and crafts market and, if time permits, spend time in the Company Gardens and visit the popular Iziko South African Museum.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic. Minimum 2 guests per booking.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||6:00am – Daily (except 25-26 December and 1 January)|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Oranjezicht City Farm (OZCF) Market
OZCF Market Day is open every Saturday between 9am and 2pm, whatever the weather. You can pick your own harvests on the first Wednesday of every month. The market is located at Granger Bay at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
It’s a community farmers-style market where independent local farmers and artisanal food producers can sell their wares. Regular customers do their weekly shopping at OZCF Market; stocking up on fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, organic dairy, free-range eggs, honey and homemade muesli. There is also a delicious selection of homemade meals made by local Capetonians and you can stock up on edible plants and seedlings, compost and gardening supplies and equipment.
Good Company Sunday Market
The Good Company Sunday Market is located between the Iziko South African Museum and the South African National Gallery. Enjoy a spectacular view of Table Mountain while enjoying a lazy morning in the historic Company Gardens.
You’ll find everything at the Good Company Sunday Market; from food vendors selling delicious homemade fare to organic fruit and veggie stalls, jewelry and clothing stalls and craft beer stalls. Local musicians provide live entertainment and the vibe is relaxed, happy and highly enjoyable.
History of Oranjezicht City Farm
Oranjezicht (Dutch for ‘orange view’) is a suburb of Cape Town that lies nestled at the feet of Table Mountain. It was the site of an old Dutch farm which supplied fresh produce to the Castle of Good Hope.
The farm was established in 1708 by Nicolaus Laubscher who was a Swiss immigrant. He bought the property on the slopes of Table Mountain and called in Oranjezicht because of its splendid view over the Oranje (Orange) bastion of the castle. It was later bought by Pieter van Breda who arrived in the Cape in 1719 and maintained as a working farm for two centuries.
In its day on sale days, the bell was sounded and a flag was hoisted to signal to ship’s officers, burghers and their wives and children that the market was open to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. Produce was brought to a tree in a cobbled yard where it was weighed on a scale hanging from an oak tree. The original hooks for the scale are still present and visible, embedded in the tree standing in what is now Homestead Park.
Molteno Dam was built on the Oranjezicht Farm to provide water for Cape Town. Natural spring water from Table Mountain was stored in the large dam and fed to the residential and commercial areas below by way of underground ducts. The Oranjezicht Purchase Act of 1877 enabled the Municipality to buy more than 12 morgen of land on which the water reservoirs were built. In 1882, the Municipality acquired the rights to impound water from the many springs on the farm.
The origin of the Company Gardens can be traced back to 1644 when the Dutch ship the “Haarlem” was driven ashore at Bloubergstrand. The unfortunate crew made their way to the Cape settlement under Table Mountain and settled next to a stream, which became known as Sweet River. Anticipating it would be a long time before they were rescued and sent back home, the motley crew sowed some vegetable seeds that they had salvaged from the stricken ship and soon had a healthy crop of vegetables which they could barter for other goods from the local people.
Six months later, the survivors were picked up by a Dutch fleet and returned to Batavia. However, it was brought to the attention of the Directors of the Dutch East India Company that there was merit in setting up a fresh produce station at the Cape. Hendrik Boom was the first official gardener to set up the Company Gardens and he sowed the first seeds in 1652. The size of the garden increased, becoming an expansive vegetable and fruit garden as well as a herb and medicinal garden.
Oak and pine trees were planted and a formal rose garden was a beautiful addition to the Company Gardens. The whole area was enclosed by a thick hedge of ash trees and brambles; and areas were carved out for a slave lodge, a new Church and a graveyard. Over time it was no longer needed as a fresh produce station and was slowly converted into a botanical and ornamental garden.
Today, the Company Gardens is home to a selection of historic buildings and part of Cape Town’s ‘Museum Mile’ which includes Iziko South African Museum, Iziko Planetarium and the Iziko South African National Gallery.
Iziko South African Museum was founded in 1825 and was the first national museum in the country. It has been at its present location in the Company Gardens since 1897. It houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance with collections ranging from 700-million-year-old fossils to stone tools made some 120 years ago.
The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium in Africa. It is a multi-functional, world-class facility which uses digital innovation to educate visitors on the arts and sciences. It provides an immersive multi-sensory edutainment experience and a platform for locals with musical and art talents.
The Iziko South African National Gallery is part of the Iziko collection of museums and is home to a collection of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th to 19th century. Contemporary art work is also displayed at the gallery as well as a collection of sculptures and beadwork.
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