About Visit the Slave Lodge in Cape Town

Visiting South Africa can be a serious injection of history and culture, and travellers that are staying in the City Bowl have plenty of places to experience just this. The Iziko Slave Lodge attempts to confront the legacy of slavery in South Africa and pay homage to the estimated 63 000 African and Asian slaves who were brought to the city between the mid-17th century and the early 19th century.

The Slave Lodge is one of the city’s oldest buildings; and covers the evolution and process “from human wrongs to human rights”. There is an audio-guided tour available for visitors, which provides incredible detail into the slave industry of yesteryear. But, visitors are also welcome to visit and peruse the exhibitions without the aid of the guide. The upper galleries are open to the public; and include displays of ceramics (both old and contemporary) and silverware from many origins, as well as pieces that reveal a bit about Egypt.

Erected in 1679 as a windowless brick building to house the slaves of the Dutch East India Company, today the lodge provides a unique place for visitors that are celebrating this country to appreciate its diverse and complex past.

The Iziko Slave Lodge is close to many of Cape Town’s other significant attractions; including the Fort of Good Hope, V & A Waterfront, Table Mountain, and the Bo-Kaap. The Cape Winelands are about an hour away, while the international airport is only about 25 minutes’ drive from the City Bowl.

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WhereSlave Lodge, Corner Adderley & Wale Streets, Cape Town Central, City Bowl, Cape Town, South Africa

WhenMonday to Saturday from 10h00 to 17h00. Closed on Sundays, Workers Day Friday and Christmas Day.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)21 460-8242

OvernightStay nearby in Cape Town Central, in Cape Town


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