Cape Town Hollow Boutique
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The Planetarium is located at the top end of the Company Gardens in the same building as the South African Museum. There is ample parking and on site facilities include a gift shop and cafe. Disabled access is available. The dome-shaped building houses complex equipment which projects the night sky of the Southern hemisphere. Live lectures and special shows are presented and during school holidays a number of events for children are scheduled. Hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday shows at 14:00 Tuesday evening show at 20:00 Saturday and Sunday shows at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:30
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a stroll around this heritage site and perhaps a light meal at the Gardens Restaurant. Many cultural field trips to the Gardens are made by Capetonian schoolchildren and there are always a couple of squirrels scampering about, waiting to be fed the peanuts sold at the entrance... "The Gardens" as it is locally known, is the oldest botanical garden in South Africa, being the remainder of the gardens originally developed by Jan van Riebeek in 1652 to supply passing ships with fresh produce. It has a statue of Cecil John Rhodes pointing to the interior of the country and is strongly linked to the very origins of South Africa. Presently it houses the Cape Town Parliament (in session during the summer months) , SA National Museum and Art Gallery, the Planetarium and also the Jewish Museum. Directly adjacent to the Gardens are the well-known St George's Cathedral and South African Library. Visitors can see the original old slave-bell, enjoy the fragrant rose gardens, watch colourful Koi, visit the hothouse which has a variety of sub-tropical plants, see some of the oldest trees in South Africa and even read the time from the sundial which has been there since 1787.
With a VIP section and located in a typical Old Cape building, the Rhodes House offers a number of upstairs bars, dance floor and a large courtyard. Frequent themed parties are held at the venue, which can also be rented for private functions. Live entertainment is provided and open hours are from 22h00 to 04h00.
Bertram House is a renovated Georgian-style property which houses an extensive porcelain collection as well as 18th century English furniture. Parking is available and there are facilities for disabled patrons and a café on the premises. Open to the public on Mondays and Fridays only (from 10h00 to 16h30).