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Figure of 8-Below the Surface Tunnel Tours
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Amazing experience

What a mind blowing experience. The tunnels where built from the caste outwards and you start at... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2015
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a tour not to miss

I as my friends Capetonains we weren't expecting to learn so much about Cape Town by doing this... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2014
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Reviewed 9 September 2014

As a born and bred Capetonian and someone who can trace his ancestry to both the original inhabitants of Camissa (Cape Town) and the earliest European colonists and Indonesian slaves brought to the Cape, I can only describe this experience as enlightening, empowering and great fun. The tour guides are to be congratulated for their extensive knowledge, their passion and their penchant for making this experience so memorable. A must for visitors to our unique city as well as those who see the city as home. Expect to have your pants wow'ed off you!!

3  Thank Gavin261159
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Reviewed 8 September 2014

What an amazing adventure. Very educational, and exciting. Professional organizers make this an experience that everyone should definitely have on their bucket list! I can highly recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about our beautiful city and our heritage.

3  Thank WillemienZA
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Having hiked Table Mountain flat and lived in Cape town all my life I have never heard about this completely untapped source of water. Meeting people so passionate about the water running off Table Mountain has answered the nagging question in my mind about where does all the water go. The tunnel tour was informative and interesting. One always thinks of the water in cities being filthy and smelly but walking through beautifully clean and clear water for a few hours after having the water history and vision for the future so freshly and passionately described to us was soul fulfilling. Thank you Dwain and Caron. Your tour has surpassed all my expectations.

Thank Peter9757
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

The Tunnel Tour is really two completely different outings rolled into one, through both of which flows a common theme - the water which has been central to life in Cape Town since its first days of inception.

The day starts out at the foot of Table Mountain, where one is exposed to an interesting mix of nature, history, and culture, all rolled into one: the pleasant natural setting, a touch of geology, the odd ganja bush, and a mix of Zionists, Rastafarians, Muslims, Foreign and Local Tourists, all of whom have either found or seek some spiritual or other connection in the setting. The tour takes one through various places of interest, visiting the ruins of various sites linked to the historic supply of water to the city, and talking through some of the background and legends of the area. Who would have guessed that Table Mountain has its own Tolkienesque legend of a long lost, magical ring ? The tour then proceeds to the "field of springs" which is something of the unexpected ... a field of enclosed springs pouring out of a vacant piece of ground in the middle of nearby residentia.

We fell into the category of local tourists, and given our existing interest both in the natural environment which surrounds the city, as well as its culture and history, found that the tour added depth and colour to our textbook based knowledge of the city. Added to the mix, is the saddening topic of the politics which influences our access to this most basic commodity.

The prospect of visiting historic tunnels under the city is what drew us to the tour in the first place. There is something quite liberating about donning gumboots and headlamps, and disappearing down an open manhole cover in the middle of a suburban parking lot. From there one walks through a visible timeline of the history of Cape Town, evident in the changing construction styles and materials used in the tunnel through the centuries. Emerging in the castle grounds is the cherry on top, a reminder that you have just witnessed the City's history in the real.

Dwain and Caron were both great guides and clearly passionate about what they do, and made all due effort to make the tour relevant and interesting all the way through.

Thank CraigAndAty
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Having grown up in Cape Town and gone to school less than a mile from this area, I had never heard of any of this. The first part "above ground" was a fascinating look at the mountain side streams and waterworks. Caron is a very interesting and knowledgeable person, and fascinating to talk to. We certainly saw a very different view of Cape Town.
The "Underground" part led by Dwaine was fascinating in a different way, he is very enthusiastic and a great guide. Just walking through the tunnels was an unusual experience.
All in all we learned a great deal about a "hidden" part of Cape Town. I would highly recommend this tour, just be aware that it does have a fair amount of walking and "duck waddling" in the tunnels, but it it certainly not overly strenuous.

Thank Shmulb03
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