Eyewitness Cape Town – Capetonian Tour Guide Willem Steenkamp

Willem Steenkamp was born in Cape Town and grew up in a small wine and dried fruits farming town in Montagu. 

He studied Marketing and Tourism in Stellenbosch and works as a tour guide at Cape Town Free Walking Tours. The company is friends with Free Walking Tours Copenhagen: Meet traveller and tour guide Rikke from Denmark. 

Willem loves meeting new people, and gets inspired by travelling and by learning about the world. He is passionate about sports (find out about it in his answers), the great outdoors, adventure activities, music, food and by living life to the max. 

Here he was so lovely to find the time to tell us about the oh so very magnificent Cape Town ...

The Touristin: Three words that characterize Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp:

1. Adventures. Wide variety of activities in Cape Town for young and old.

2. Home. Around five to six million people living in the Mother City. With her diversity and rich cultures and with the love for all and her friendliness, that is our home Cape Town. We encourage travellers to come to our beautiful Cape Town to enjoy the wonderful culture, nature, cuisine, history, activities and to enjoy a unique African holiday with the friendly Capetonians.

3. Breath-taking Nature. Table Mountain one of the World's seven Natural Wonders. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Lions Head and Signal Hill, beautiful coastlines (beaches) from Cape Town to the West Coast and up to the beautiful Garden Route up to Plettenberg Bay.

The Touristin: How do you get around Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp: The transportation methods that I use to get around Cape Town is by car, walking which is ideal, neither parking problems, or paying the car-watch, nor stuck in traffic. My favourite method of public transport is by the MyCiTi Bus transport services in and around Cape Town.

The Touristin: What is your favourite borough/suburb/area in Cape Town and why?

Willem Steenkamp: All along the Promenade, Sea Point as far as Queens beach. The promenade is eight to nine kilometres of walking, cycling or jogging all along the beach. You can also watch the people walking along the road, relax and have a family picnic. All the while you get entertained by the beautiful views of the ocean, Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lions Head, Green Point Stadium and the Light House, and not to forget Robben Island.

The Touristin: The best place for a coffee in Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp: Bean There for me produces some of the best coffee in Cape Town. They source their beans ethically and travel around to the communities and farms to search for the best beans. Baran's in Green Market Square is an authentic Mediterranean cuisine restaurant where I spend a lot of time before work enjoying their strong Kurdish coffee.

The Touristin: What is one restaurant we must try out while in Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp: I love my meat, especially wild meat. IYO Burger is a must for meat lovers. I enjoy Mama Africa with its African cuisine and music that gives the true African feeling. Quay Four is a seafood restaurant in the V&A Waterfront that specializes in seafood such as Cape Lobster, Line Fish of the day or the seafood platter. It is one of the oldest restaurants in the V&A Waterfront with wonderful view of the harbour and the area.

The Touristin: Where would we meet you on weekends?

Willem Steenkamp: I am a big sport fan especially when it comes to rugby. Rugby is like my second religion. When I'm not working/ doing tours on Saturdays, you would find me at Newlands rugby stadium watching the Stormers team playing in the Super Rugby tournament. When I'm not a the stadium you can find me in a bar in Long Street like The Dubliner (Irish Bar) or Van Hunks in Kloof Street watching the rugby with friends. Sundays is my time at the beach. I love to go to Bloubergstrand and Clifton.

The Touristin: Do you have a favourite museum/gallery we all have to visit when in Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp: There is a wide variety of museums in Cape Town. Here is a few that I would recommend: The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum is a must for rugby lovers, and a great place to understand why rugby is so important and so close to our hearts. You learn all about the rugby history in South Africa and the big role rugby and sport plays in SA.

The South African History Museum in the Company Gardens has several exhibitions, which explain the history of Cape Town and South Africa.

The Touristin: What are some of your favourite places to shop for A) groceries and B) clothes?

Willem Steenkamp: I'm not a big fan of shopping, but I like to buy clothes and groceries at Canal Walk and the V&A Waterfront shopping centre. The V&A Waterfront is the ideal place for me to shop, and to see the new clothing styles. Woolworths and Food Lovers Market are the two places where I by my fresh organic foods and vegetables.

The Touristin: What souvenir shall we bring back from Cape Town?

Willem Steenkamp: On the shopping list for souvenirs from South Africa is the Ostrich Egg, Springbok skin or leather, Crocodile skin or leather and then the most important is the Vuvuzela which we used during our 2010 soccer world cup. The Western Cape is worldwide known for its top class wines. Adding wine to the souvenir list is a must, and to add more treats from South Africa and Cape Town, simply put Biltong and Droewors (dried sausage) on the list.

The Touristin: Thank you so very much for your time Willem. Have fun lots of fun with Cape Town Walking Tours.

Would you like to know what else to do in Cape Town? Read 10 fantastic things to do in Cape Town. If you would like to meet more eyewitnesses please jump straight to the Eyewitness Series on The Touristin.

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