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Secret Cape Town, the latest book by travel writers Justin Fox and Alison Westwood, presents the Mother City’s hidden gems – those places that would not normally make it into a conventional guidebook.

A captain who lived on the wreck of the Kakapo for three years; Table Mountain’s hidden hiking trails; a restaurant in a maximum-security prison; the arboreal evidence of apartheid’s earliest manifestation; a woman disguised as a male doctor for 56 years; a beach on top of Table Mountain; a fascinating secret collection of vintage and classic cars; a magical tree renowned for its spiritual healing properties; a heated pool in a military base that’s open to the public; a secret night-time nature tour; a hamster wheel for humans...


Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Cape Town is a reserve of well-concealed treasures, revealed only to those residents or visitors prepared to wander off the beaten track. This is an indispensable guide for those who think they know Cape Town well and those who would like to discover the hidden face of the city.


The book is available for purchase on the following online stores:

Amazon, Amazon UK and Exclusive Books.




Alison Westwood grew up in Johannesburg, but was fortunate enough to find her way to Cape Town in 1999. She immediately decided that it was the best city in the world. Although she’s travelled extensively on five continents since then, she hasn’t yet found any reason to change that opinion. Alison has a degree in journalism from Rhodes University and has worked as a travel writer and photographer for print and online publications for more than a decade. Her preference for the unusual, the interesting, and the just plain odd made the task of tracking down Cape Town’s untold secrets particularly exciting and, if possible, made her love her adoptive home even more.


Justin Fox is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Cape Town. He’s a former editor of Getaway International travel magazine. Justin was a Rhodes Scholar and received a doctorate in English from Oxford University after which he became a research fellow at the University of Cape Town, where he now teaches part time. His articles and photographs have appeared internationally in a number of publications and on a wide range of topics, while his short stories and poems have appeared in various anthologies. He is a two-time Mondi journalism award winner. His recent books include The Marginal Safari (Umuzi, 2010), Whoever Fears the Sea (Umuzi, 2014) and The Impossible Five (Tafelberg, 2015).