The Below The Surface Tunnel Tour is a unique urban adventure with strong historical and environmental significance.
During the tour you will be exploring a tunnel that was once an open river flowing down the slopes of Table Mountain to the ocean, feeding the early Van Riebeeck settlement.
The guide will meet you at the Castle and take you to the entrance from here.
At the entrance you will descend into the depths of the city?s underground passageways. All patrons will enter the tunnel, through a cast iron manhole, at the foot of Table Mountain. Each issued with gumboots and a flashlight.
The tunnel is extremely clean and well ventilated. Natural lighting adds to the ambiance of the walk and the air is fresh.
During the tour, the guide will enlighten you on the history of the tunnel, how it shaped the city of Cape Town in the 1800?s and brought much anguish and relief to its rulers and governors.
The walk will also reveal various architectural elements, mineral deposits (Stalactites), and natural life found e.g. fresh water crabs. You will be pleased to know that there are no rats in this tunnel :-)
Requirements to join the tour:
-The minimum number of patrons required are 10. -Only those suffering from sever claustrophobia, high blood pressure and week joints in the lower extremities need to consult with the guide when booking. -A medium level of physical exertion will be required. -Those capable of scaling 3 flights of stairs, unassisted, poses the physical capability to complete this exercise.