Company's Gardens
Company's Gardens
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J S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I visited Company's Garden for the first time in 1992 before the ANC came to power and this place was BEAUTIFUL - almost magical. The next time I came was in 2012 - even though still pretty one could see that it had deteriorated quite a bit and there were tons of homeless people asking me for money. The last time I came here was in July 2022 and I felt like crying. The garden and buildings are now completely derelict. Most plants and flowers no longer exist and the flower beds are now only large patches of hard grey coloured soil with weeds growing everywhere. There were so many leaves everywhere, holes in the paved walking areas, manholes without covers, broken benches, and sewage stench and I could see more rats than squirrels. Homeless people are lying around everywhere. I asked a security guard what had happened and he just smiled and said that the ANC is busy decolonizing South Africa. When I left I was billed R1 per minute by the municipality for parking in the street outside the gate to the garden. So sad to see this happening...
Written July 31, 2022
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BendigoMom
Buffalo54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had a pleasant morning at the Company's Gardens and enjoyed learning about the history of the gardens as a way station for ships rounding the Cape. It's a great place for people-watching — we saw a bride and her attendants, a martial arts class in progress, and families picnicking.

The gardens are very close to the National Gallery, which is small but definitely worth a visit, and the Iziku South African museum, which features some spectacular ancient rock art.

The white squirrels in the garden were very interesting, but take note that people feed them, and they have become very bold. We even saw children holding them on their laps and feeding them peanuts!

Warning: We stopped for lunch at the restaurant in the gardens, which looked inviting but was a nightmare. (I should have paid attention to online reviews.) Our server seemed to deliberately ignore us, and we spent over an hour waiting for the bill. The same thing happened to the family at the table next to ours. Finally I had to walk up to the register to pay for our meal. My son and I both felt unwell after lunch and think it's because the food sat out for so long before it was delivered to our table.
Written May 2, 2024
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany7,218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Company's garden is the city's nice green lung offering a much needed opportunity to catch some shade in inner Cape Town. While the city's surroundings are blessed with beautiful nature, green spaces seem rather scarce in the city itself. Therefore the Company's Gardens provide a much needed service to visitors and locals in this otherwise amazing city.
Written December 27, 2022
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Kufunda
Harare, Zimbabwe344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Lots of interesting sights including fauna and flora, statues, small cafes tucked away in the shade. A thoroughfare for most people crisscrossing among the various buildings including the museums. The main fountain and some of the vegetation illustrated the fact that Cape Town is going through a period of drought. Otherwise the gardens are well maintained and one can find a spot to rest and recuperate.
Written February 13, 2020
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Mike P
Wendover, UK80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We joined a party with a guide and spent a couple of hours wondering around the Company's Gardens. There is a lot to see and makes you realise what life was like there years ago. The guide made this trip very interesting as she was aware of the history and apartheid.
Written February 19, 2020
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htodd389911
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This is the middle of the CBD. The gardens are at the middle of a bunch of historic places and museums. The gardens themselves are very nice and well maintained. There is a very nice cafe with outside and inside seating, as well as a smaller "gardeners cottage" that also serves food in a quiet, small area. The National Gallery, The History and Science Museum, the National Library and the Slave lodge are all in and around the gardens. At the very top end is the very posh hotel the Mount Nelson. it's quiet, but not empty.
Written November 28, 2023
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hlcctravelgrrl
Vernon, NJ36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Nice outdoor area to walk around, grab a bite to eat, and get some nature in (or let your kid's inner animal out). There is a small cafe and plenty of places for kids to get their energy out. We had a nice time just walking the paths. Surrounded by museums and places of interest that you'll probably end up visiting too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
The centre of one of Cape Town’s historic areas, with the Parliament building and St George’s Cathedral nearby as well as the Tuynhuys, where Nelson Mandela and F W de Klerk spent time planning S Africa’s post Apartheid future after Mandela’s release. The gardens are lovely, with lots of shade for hot days and open space to picnic. There are sculptures, such as the Cecil Rhodes statue, and a nice restaurant. Admission is free. Very well worth a visit.
Written February 6, 2020
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This is where it all began in 1652. The intention of the VOC (Dutch company) was to found a refreshment station. Trade between Europe and the East Indies (now Indonesia) had been lucrative, but at a cost. Many sailors died during the long voyage. Lack of fresh vegetables was one of the main causes. Among the settlers sent by the VOC were gardeners. Within a year the settlers achieved to become self sustainable. Their garden still exists today and meanwhile has become a historic testament of the pioneering spirit of the settlers and the contribution they made to South Africa's present-day prosperity.
Written November 27, 2021
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Source Johan Kr... J
Cape Town, South Africa6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Cool idea, and nice landscaping. However be prepared to be hustled for extra cash every 10 min. This could be a huge attraction, but the city needs better security and more cleaners to look after this gem.
Written June 3, 2024
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