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Castle of Good Hope is located on the coastline of Table Bay. This castle was built by the Dutch East India Company between 1666 and 1679. This castle is known as the oldest building in South Africa left by the Dutch East India Company. This historical building is managed by Iziko Museum of South Africa.
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If you like history, the Castle Military Museum is the best place for you to learn. Walking on the Castle Military Museum and get a sight of life at the Cape during the 17th and 18th century. You can learn about military and political history of the Cape, since the Castle of Good Hope was a seat for government and military for two centuries.
Maybe you are curious about what Key Ceremony actually is. Key Ceremony is a showcase when the soldiers do their military duties. This is a practice in the past, but it is still practiced today. Soldiers are still present to this day at the Castle in honor of its history and the protection of the facility. The performance is held at 10 AM until 12 PM. The ceremony is held depend on the weather condition. After Key Ceremony, it is continued with the Cannon Firing. It is the sign that a ship has been showed at sea. Also, it is used to send message for the people inside the castle. The Cannon Firing is usually performance by the Cannon Association of South Africa
Other thin to do is join the Castle tours. The Castle is holding many kinds of tours that can lead you to the new experience. The Underground Tunnel tours bring the people to the tunnels that directed the fresh water to the city. There is also Horse and Carriage tours which makes you trip like back in time. If you are planning to join the tours, you may book it before the tours are held. Tours are held five times a day. It is started at 11 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM and 4 PM. The Castle does not offer tours on Sunday.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets are available online and on the spot. The Castle opens at 9 AM – 5 PM. If you do not have online ticket, you have to remember that the last ticket sale is at 4.45.
How To Get Around?
You can take a stroll around the Castle complex and enjoy your time watching the awesome building. You can easily spend up to half a day to explore this historic place.
What Should I Wear?
You should wear anything comfortable depending on the weather and time of the year. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes since the only way to get around the Castle is on foot. In summer you can wear short, t-shirt, a cap and sunglasses, while in winter or fall you can wear warm clothes and some layer to it. Don't forget to take your camera along to capture the historic attraction there.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November. These seasons claim lucky weather, less crowds, and lower prices. When planning your excursion, you have to note that the seasons in South Africa are inverted: South Africa's summer resembles with America's winter, and vice versa. Cape Town's summer season is the most popular (and most expensive) time to visit. Hotels and attractions are usually bursting by travelers. However, the Mother City clears out between June and August when unfriendly weather and regular rainfall puts an obstacle on tourist activities.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site.
How To Get There?
Getting to the Castle of Good Hope is easy. You can use City Sightseeing bus or MyCiti bus. For City Sightseeing bus, they also offer tours for the visitors. The tickets for the tours are available online or you can buy it from the driver. The ticket's prices are different each other depend on the tour that you take. There are tickets for Classic, Premium, Deluxe, Cape Points & Penguins Guided Day Tours, ad also 1-day ticket plus Soweto Tours.
The Castle is open daily except for Christmas and New Year. There is an annual event on November that is called Military Tattoo. If you are visiting Cape Town on November, you might want to join the Military Tattoo that is held at the Castle.