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Good Hope Adventures Tunnel Tours

#25 of 67 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Cape Town Central Features Animals
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 82 482 4006
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Lucky to be alive.

What started as a fun trip at the Cape Town Castle with some Capetonian friends and a group of... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Cape Town Tunnels and Plattekloof river trail, Table Mountain Springs Water Mills etc

Thank you David and Matt! You are the best tour guides ever. Thank you for well researched... read more

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Reviewed 10 May 2017
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Cape Town is world famous for the majestic beauty of Table Mountain which seems to embrace the City in rocky arms and seeing tourists and residents alike walking around her streets looking up at the spectacular sight is a common occurrence. Let well known is that there is another, mostly overlooked, but fascinating realm to explore in Cape Town right under her centuries old streets. Full Circle was privileged to be shown some of these tunnels by Matt Weisse of Good Hope Adventures and what an enlightening adventure it proved to be! If anyone loves Cape Town and/or its history whether you’re a resident of or visitor to the City a few hours with Matt in Cape Town’s tunnels will reveal the City to you in a whole new light and I’m not just speaking about the headlamp you must bring along with you. Matt provides a truly amazing historical look at Cape Town unlike any person or tour I have ever listened to or been on. He is passionate, incredibly well-researched and informed and is a veritable walking encyclopedia on the history of Cape Town as a City. The Tunnel Tour is worth it simple to listen to Matt! His talk will leave Capetonians proud and horrified at the same time. The next time you drive into town along Strand Street passed the Castle, look to your left at the Castle wall and think about the fact that ships used to moor where you are driving and your car would be under water. There is not enough space to go into the history of the City’s tunnels here but they basically began as canals built in various stages as the City’s waste water system that used to flush into Table Bay. When, like most larger European cities at the time, the canals became overwhelmed by the bourgeoning population there were epidemic outbreaks and the City’s leaders acted quite quickly and chose to cover up the canals. Over time the waste water system was updated and improved until now most of these old water canals lie unused beneath the City, although Mountain and spring water does still flow through them into the sea. Surprisingly, the tunnels are remarkably ‘clean’ and you are unlikely to see a single sewer rat although there is a faint ‘musty’ smell in some places. You are more likely to see groups of cockroaches which are unexpectedly inactive and just seem to collect in family groups. Most are the normal colour but the odd one may be white. Not all the tunnels are old sewers however, and there is an old Post Office Tunnel, some ‘secret’ tunnels for military purposes and even some old bank vaults and old private tunnels. It really is fascinating to see the old brick and stone work and recognize the various periods of construction as pointed out by Matt. It is quite staggering how much the City has changed since the first white settlers landed here and it is equally impressive to see all the hand-formed stone-masonry which is as good as it was 300 years ago! Tunnel Tours are not only of interest to history buffs and tourists though. They are a great place for business to hold corporate team-building and motivational events. There are too many tunnels and things to see in one day and we will very definitely be going back for further explorations… it really is that interesting! Tunnels Tours are the hot new must-do adventure in Cape Town but numbers are limited so anyone interested really does need to book in good time. For prices and all other information contact Matt Weisse.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 82 482 4006
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

What started as a fun trip at the Cape Town Castle with some Capetonian friends and a group of children & their parents ended in a real live nightmare. At the briefing it was raining a little, the children were amused by the story of...More

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Reviewed 10 May 2017

Thank you David and Matt! You are the best tour guides ever. Thank you for well researched information, history and interesting music :), enjoyed the trip with you tremendously.

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Reviewed 8 May 2017

Very informative & learning quire some of the 'off the beaten track' history of our city. Realising the richness of our history and discovering parts of our city i never knew had so much to offer.

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Thank Thea V
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Matt and David are excellent guides with an extensive knowledge of the local area and its history. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike up to Platteklip and looking at the original water supply to Cape Town. Matt was great at incorporating our requests into the tour...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We had an enjoyable walk with knowledgeable guides who went out of their way to make our tour interesting and exciting. Thanks guys for looking after us all along the way, making sure our energy levels were up to the terrain we covered, and even...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

The tour was interesting, scenic and enjoyable. The guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating of the group's specific needs. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

It is not often that you find a company that puts so much effort in. Matt made sure we know exactly where to go, what to wear and what to expect by sending us detailed emails. We went on Easter Monday and they have hidden...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2016

What an experience, took some great pictures and enjoyed the history would to know more about the tunnels and how we can help to use the water that we loose to the ocean. Matt gave us a nice overview of how the tunnels was utilized...More

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mattweisse, Owner at Good Hope Adventures Tunnel Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2016

Thank you for your valuable feedback. This is a great Tour to learn where our Water in Cape Town comes from and where it goes to. It creates an awareness that Water is very valuable and we all need to work together to save this...More

Reviewed 17 July 2016

Very interesting to see the hidden parts of the city that are literally just a few feet below the busy streets

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Thank Steve W
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Ok , for photo walk not. More time . No time for focusing. Only for them in front or back. But was good experience

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