Private Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Photography Tour with Cape Malay Cookery Demonstration

Tours & Sightseeing in Cape Town

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Tour description provided by Viator

Experience the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden situated against the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town which offers breathtaking scenery and diverse flora. It is regarded as one the great botanical gardens of the world. After a morning walk through the garden, we will make our way to the Bo-Kaap to photograph this bright and colourful neighbourhood and end off with a true taste of The Mother City in a Cape Malay cookery class and lunch.Because of the nature of this tour, it will be weather dependent.  Should the weather conditions not allow for this tour to take place, we will advise you of an alternative day.
We will pick you up from your hotel and drive through to  the famous Kistenbosch Botanical Gardens, which  is  home to our stunning national flower, the King Protea and the rare yellow form of the well-known crane flower, Strelitzia reginae ‘Mandela’s Gold’. This flower has also been named in honour of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.The garden was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004 and is a must-see for anyone visiting Cape Town. You’ll be able to photograph the rich collection of South African flora and the capture the  beautiful scenery that the garden has to offer. We would suggest wearing comfortable shoes.After exploring the Gardens, we start making our way back to the City centre for a  a short walk through the Bo-Kaap, a vibrant, culturally diverse and architecturally stunning suburb in Cape Town and enjoy a famous Cape Malay lunch and cookery class. The Bo Kaap with its Technicolor streets is a world famous site and we will visit Chiappini Street as well as a local spice emporium and your photo guide will help you to compose your images to capture these iconic scenes of the brightly coloured terraced houses.After working up an appetite, we arrive at the “purple” home of the delightful Mrs Faldela Tolker for a very unique experience and one which will give you a true taste of the culture of The Bo Kaap. Everyone is expected to help with the preparation of a traditional meal so you will find yourself chopping, kneading, folding and stirring in preparation of your delicious Cape Malay lunch of samoosas, rotis, curries and koeksisters. If you are not sure what they are now you surely will after you have dined on these delicasies for your lunch.

What’s included

  • Bottled water
  • Lunch after cooking demonstration
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off at central Cape Town hotels (other locations upon request)
  • Free use of DSLR cameras (if required) plus free 8gb SD card
  • Please note: Your Tour covers an area of 200KM radius however, if you wish to go over the 200km radius then it will be subject to extra charge.

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All entrance fees (should you decide to visit one of the museums in the city)
  • Additional charge of R350pp for the cooking class payable in cash on the day.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Lunch included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Led by a professional photographer
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience