Muizenberg tours ‘show off’ best of the ’burb

2017-01-17 06:01

Walking tours to discover the history of Muizenberg are taking off.

The Muizenberg Meander’s first month has been hugely successful, according to Glenn Babb, the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society’s chairperson.

“The first month has been a triumph and once again shows that Muizenberg has a lot to show off and a rich and absorbing history about sharks (both human and piscatorial), iconic buildings, quirky events, mysterious kramats and interesting visitors like Agatha Christie on a surfboard,” he says.

The tours, which take place every day except Mondays, leave Surfer’s Corner at 10:00 and are free.

Although a programme has been drafted to include Muizenberg’s historic highlights, “because the fascination of the walkers exceeds the time allowed, the guides do not manage all the items in the hour and a half,” Babb explains.

The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society elected a new board last month, which aims to “rekindle pride in the heritage of Muizenberg” (New board to rekindle pride, People’s Post, 20 December).

Their first task was to re-establish historical walking tours, says Babb.

The first tour took place on Wednesday 21 December. The society is initially sponsoring the walks in the expectation that they will become an institution, Babb adds.

“Muizenberg has been the site of such a huge variety of historical happenings from hominid culture, Khoi farmers, the battle of Muizenberg, the footsteps of Charles Darwin, Thomas Cook, Lady Ann Barnard, the death of Cecil John Rhodes to Agatha Christie riding the waves, that it would be a pity for the suburb to hide its light under a bushel,” the board says in a statement.

V For more information call Glenn Babb on 021 788 7069.

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