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HIDDEN GEM OF THE WEEK – GREEN POINT URBAN PARK

Green Point Urban Park is a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Mother City that would be criminal for you not visit during your stay at never@home – especially as it a mere stone’s throw from the hostel. So let us tell you more about our well-deserved “Hidden Gem of the Week”…..

What it’s all about
The Green Point Urban Park works as an inner city “people’s recreation park” where you energetic types can make use of the wide walking and cycling paths, outdoor training and gym facilities. Or you can simply relax and day dream until your hearts content as you listen to waterfalls trickling whilst taking in views of Signal Hill ahead.

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The Biodiversity Garden
The Biodiversity Garden is the only one of its kind in the Western Cape with around 25,000 indigenous plants for you to explore. There are well marked pathways meandering through the park which features a great variety of flora, and occasional displays of local art, ponds, water features, wetlands etc. We recommend lazing on one of the numerous benches to watch the world go by.

Green Point lighthouse
The cheerfully coloured Green Point Lighthouse is a much-loved landmark in Cape Town with its diagonal red and white candy stripes serving as a warning for ships of the dangers of the coastline. It was first lit on 12 April 1824 making it the oldest operational lighthouse in the whole of South Africa! As you wander to the end of the park (towards Mouille Point) you will fail to miss the lighthouse, as it stands at the end of one of the park’s main walkways. You are able to explore inside for an entrance fee but we feel most of its charm is from the outside with its striking, bright stripes which are certainly photo worthy.

Fun Fact – The old Green Point lighthouse foghorn had such a mournful sound it was called ‘Moaning Minnie’.

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The Cape Town Stadium
In full view from the park is Cape Town Stadium. The stadium has become an iconic landmark for Cape Town and one we are very proud to be situated next to. The 68,000 seat stadium got its fame after hosting eight of the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches.

We recommend you check out what’s on at the stadium before your stay with us. But if you don’t get the opportunity to spectate one of the stadiums events but still keen to take a nose around then we suggest you take an organised tour of the stadium.

For more information on tours ask our friendly reception desk.

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The Metropolitan golf course  
Those of you who enjoy a spot of golf will be happy to know that the Metropolitan Golf Course is adjacent to the park. After the clubs revamp in 2010 this golf course has become one of the most highly acclaimed ranks amongst the top nine hole courses in South Africa.

For more information visit: http://www.metropolitangolfclub.co.za/

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Location, location, location
Address:

1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road,
Green Point,
Cape Town,
8051.

Seapoint Promenade, a previous ‘hidden gem of the week’ is in walking distance of Green Point Urban Park and we feel that it would be perfect way to extend your day (read previous blog to find more to do at this local favourite).

Top tips
– We recommend you prep a picnic to take with you so that you are able to munch away on your picnic edibles on the ever so well kept grass areas. If you are feeling lazy you could always buy munchies from Spar which is next door to the hostel.
– Make sure you clean up after yourself. There are rubbish bins at all entrances including recycling. Let’s work together to ensure this urban park remains clean and awesome!
– Don’t be visiting 80’s style, with your boom box busting out some tunes as loud music is not permitted in the park instead we recommend taking a camera as there are PLENTY of scenic photo opportunities.
– For you active types we recommend you take a visit to the parks FREE outdoor gym.

 

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