VOC company gardens


Located directly beneath Table Mountain and Lion’s Head, Gardens is a very affluent neighbourhood, a hub for the Cape Town creative industry, populated by young professionals and jammed packed with numerous chic restaurants, hotels, boutique shops and loft-style apartments. Also home to many tv production studios, modelling agencies, production and publishing companies and home to the world-famous five star Mount Nelson Hotel.


The first garden was laid out in 1652 by Hendrik Boom, on a site close to the Fresh River. Over the years, the gardens evolved, included a medicine garden, citrus trees and converted into a botanical and ornamental garden. The famous kilometre-long Government Avenue, which runs from the top of Adderley Street, also known as ‘The Gardens’, was lined with oak trees, which remain today.

On the outskirts of Gardens is The Company’s Garden, an oasis in the centre of the centre, a favourite for both locals and tourists. Built as a refreshment station for the trade route in the 1650s by the regions first European settles, to provide fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. Currently home to the oldest cultivated pear tree in South Africa, circa 1652 and numerous monuments and a wide array of pigeons, Egyptian geese, herons, squirrels and dozens of birds.


Hidden in Gardens is one of Cape Town’s gem, Deer Park a beautifully serene park tucked away amongst quantity houses and much beloved by the locals in the area. Perfect for mid-morning yoga sessions and afternoon picnic with friends, with an abundant amount of shady trees and even a tranquil river flowing towards the back of the park.


Nearby attractions;

  • South African Museum
  • The Gardens Shul
  • Iziko South African Museum
  • The Planetarium
  • Iziko National Gallery
  • Michaelis School of Fine Art


situated at the foot of Table Mountain and very close to the City Centre of Cape Town. Located just off Kloof Nek road, and between Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof, is also a unique combination of Mediterranean atmosphere and trendy City living.


Gardens is quite close to Cape Town’s Museum which has many major galleries and museums. Also close by is the fascinating District Six Museum for all to enjoy!


This area offers superior Gardens Holiday Apartments and is a central location with a blend of elegance and warm charm.


Gardens Holiday Apartments sport and nature

A benefit of staying in the Gardens area is that while it’s within convenient distance of a wide variety of amenities and facilities, it is far enough away from the city centre to offer a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. In this area you can enjoy scenic walks in the Company Gardens take a bicycle ride in and around. You close to all the surrounding areas that offer a variety of sporting activities.


Gardens Holiday Apartments culture and history

Lying sandwiched between Oranjezicht and Tamboers kloof, within a stone’s throw of the centre of Cape Town, Gardens is a very popular suburb and one of the oldest and most established parts of Cape Town The Company Gardens is the oldest garden in South Africa and one of Jan van Riebeeck’s initial tasks upon coming ashore at Table Bay in 1652, is just down Government Walk and virtually synonymous with the suburb of Gardens. Initially a vegetable garden to support the European settlement, the gardens are today one of the most botanically interesting city parks in the country.


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