The Western Cape offers history and intrigue around every corner. For many of us, the areas we live in are nothing more than suburbs, but one local is trying to change the narrative and highlight the changes they’ve gone through over the years.

Sheldon Peinke has been a guide since 2013 and a permanent walking tour guide for the past three years. He offers walking tours in the City and Bo-Kaap, Woodstock, Stellenbosch, and more.

“I love for the truth about South Africa to be told and sharing the beauty of our Mother City always drives me to explore and do more for South Africa,” says Peinke, explaining why he started his tours.

Touring has changed for Peinke during the pandemic, as less international tourists are joining. This has forced him to turn to the domestic market and tailor his tours to attract locals.

His tours operate on a tip or donation basis, usually about R200 per person. They are scheduled in advance, and patrons just need to give a day’s notice to attend.

The Historic City Tour and Vibrant Bo-Kaap tours depart from 81 Long Street at 10am, 12am and 2pm. The All things Woodstock tour looks at some of the most amazing street art and the history of Woodstock, and starts at 10am departing from Woodstock Quarter (187 Sir Lowry Road).

The Simon’s Town Tour departs at 10am from Jubilee Square (Just Nuisance statue), focusing on the area’s navy history and amazing architecture. The Muizenberg Historical Walk is hosted at 10am from Surfers Corner (Knead Bakery).

The Stellenbosch Historic Walk starts at 10am from the old Landrosdt Hall in Stellenbosch, and looks into the history of Stellenbosch and how the area has changed through the years.

COVID-19 protocols like mask-wearing, social distancing, and sanitising of hands are encouraged at all times.

If you are interested in joining a tour, please contact Sheldon on 078 345 1189.

Picture/s: Sheldon Peinke

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