Are you ready to take a trip back in time?
These photographs posted on Facebook reveal the mind-blowing changes that Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard has undergone in the past few decades. It has transformed from a quiet, bushy, rural landscape into some of the most sought-after real estate in Africa.
Facebook user Harley Rubin compiled these pics into then-and-now comparison collages and posted them to the Facebook group Cape Town – Down Memory Lane. The pics are believed to originate from the book Cape Town: Then and Now by Vincent van Graan.
Take a look and prepare to be transported back to a quiet, sparsely-populated Cape Town.
1. Back when Sea Point was more countryside than high-rise apartment blocks:
2. When the Grand Parade was home to horses and carts:
3. When the Camps Bay and Clifton coastline was just bush, sea and one single modest cottage:
4. And further along the coast at Llandudno, not a single house was built on the hill:
5. When the Green Point Lighthouse was surrounded by a dirt road and a few small homes:
6. Before Clifton was home to the rich and famous, it was just couple of wooden beach houses:
Pictures: Harley Rubin on Facebook