Don’t miss “Nature’s best photography Africa”, the winning images from the annual African-focused nature photography competition. It closes on 25 September 2016 at the South African Museum, but you can catch the last days of it free when the museum throws its doors open gratis in celebration of South Africa’s heritage.
While you are there look out for the squirrels in the surrounding Company’s Garden and feed them the nuts sold by vendors in the area. The garden is also a good place for little ones to run around and explore, and the Company’s Garden Restaurant includes affordable menu items as well as a particularly inspired play area for children.
Continue along Government Avenue, past the houses of Parliament to the Slave Lodge for “Singing freedom – music and the struggle against apartheid” an interactive exploration of the songs and music that accompanied South Africa’s journey to democracy. There are buttons to press and music to listen to in this lively display that covers part of South Africa’s recent history. This is on until 2017 at the Slave Lodge, where entry is also free for Heritage week.
For those who like loud noises the firing of the signal cannon daily at 12:00 on weekdays and 11:00 and 12:00 on Saturdays at the Castle of Good Hope, is fun to watch and you may even get to light the fuse. The Castle also offers much to see and do as well as a large lawn courtyard where small people can burn off excess energy.
As 24 September is Heritage Day Iziko Museums opens all of their museums for free, for a week from 21 – 27 September. The museums have been shaking off their boring, apartheid-era personalities and exhibits increasingly present information in dynamic ways that engage the visitor. Take the opportunity to visit one of the many museums in the city with the kids that memorialise and celebrate our culture. See the events section for opening times.