Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Wynberg Historical Walk
In similar vein to the East Wynberg historical walk, you can pick up a map that explores Main Road Wynberg from the Wynberg Library, or from the Old Wynberg Village Society. Both were instrumental in producing it.
Where? Get the Map at the Wynberg Library or the Old Wynberg Village Society.
When? Daylight hours.
Pause at the intersection of Maynard Mall on Main Road, facing Muizenberg, and you can (just) imagine what it must have looked like years ago, when these same collonades witnessed a tram service and the train station, and functioned as a major place to acquire goods i.e. to shop.
From this same intersection you will be able to still catch a glimpse of a thatched roof cottage opposite Maynard Mall on Main Road. This part of the road used to be a series of similar cottages. This is the only one that remains. Take a closer look and there are the remains of yet another cottage in the grounds. The house is known as La Plaisance.
The major part of the walk takes in the area to the west of Main road, around church Street and the little avenues of Wynberg that have once again become fashionable, close to Maynardville Park, where annual outdoor Shakespeare productions are the crown of the local theatre scene.
There are unexplored graveyards, beautiful historical buildings, a blue-roofed example of where the Free Masons used to hang out, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society building, its windows now boarded over, a series of magnifent oak trees, a street canal, and a myriad Victorian cottages - now all restored and beautified.
The highlights of the Wynberg Main Road Historical Walk are Oak Avenue's Hollandia, and Langley Cottage. But there are so many discoveries to make along this walk, which also takes in Wynberg Station on the east of Main Road. Make sure you do it out of the heat of the day, and take plenty of water along.