A captain who lived on the wreck of the Kakapo for three years; Table Mountain’s most exclusive hiking; 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 on 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.

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.