The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a picturesque working harbour with Table Mountain as the backdrop, is one of the most popular tourist attractions offering a vast selection of entertainment, restaurants, shopping, markets and luxury hotels.
At the V&A Waterfront you will find:
Play Area for Kids
There are two play areas for kids, one near the Clock Tower and one outside the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre. There is also a Kids Ahoy holiday entertainment programme for kids during the school holidays. Details can be located on their website.
With over 450 retail outlets including curios, home ware, jewellery, leather goods and fashion from local and international brands there is something for everyone you will not be leaving empty handed. Shops are located in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, Clock Tower Precinct, Alfred Mall and Pierhead.
A world of African craft and design with an array of products from ceramics, furniture, textiles, fashion and jewellery located next to the Two Oceans Aquarium
V&A Market on the Wharf
Fresh food and produce market located in the Pumphouse next to Nobel Square
With over 80 eateries to choose from serving a range of cuisines and hosting some of Cape Town’s finest restaurants there is something for everyone’s taste while enjoying beautiful scenic views. A top favourite is Willoughby’s serving sushi and seafood, Tasha’s has great tapas, try Den Anker for a Belgian experience, head to Belthazar for perfectly cooked steak or enjoy a fine dining experience at Sevruga with delicious seafood or meat dishes.
The Cape Wheel of Excellence
Get a bird’s eye view in this giant observation Cape Wheel of Excellence 50 meters high offering 360 degree panoramic views of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island from an air conditioned cabin. This is great fun for children of all ages.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Experience the magic of the underwater kingdom and the incredible diversity of the marine life of the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean. The aquarium displays over 3000 marine species including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins with large viewing windows. Click here to read more
Experience the beauty and variety of gemstones in Southern Africa. Thousands of gemstones literally cover the floor where you can scratch for your favourite. Purchase a pot and scratch away for a South African gem. Kids love this but it is great fun for everyone. Located on Dock Road, near the Aquarium. Open from 9am – 6pm.
Cave golf is a well-designed indoor 18-hole mini golf, or putt-putt, course set inside a man-made cave. It is sure to challenge your golfing skills with its tricky course and obstacles. It is situated on Dock Road, next to the Scratch Patch.
Cape Diamond Museum
This hidden gem provides a wonderful learning experience about the diamond industry, history of diamonds and diamonds in South Africa. You will have the opportunity to see how diamond jewellery is manufactured to its final product. Located on the first floor of the Clock Tower. Open daily from 9am – 9pm, R50/person, free for children under 14.
Iziko Maritime Museum
Featuring an overview of the history of shipping in Cape Town and the earliest existing model of Table Bay harbour. Photographs depicting Table Bay from the 17th – 20th century complemented with models and objects associated with shipping in Cape Town.
A historical landmark, the Clock Tower hosts an old tidal-gauge mechanism on the bottom floor, which was used to check tide levels. The second floor holds a decorative mirror room, which enabled the Port Captain, a full view of all harbour activities and on the top floor you will find the clock mechanism. The original clock is still in use today thanks to the restoration of this national monument in 1997.
A collection of statues honouring four of the most important Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in the founding of South Africa’s democracy can be located in this square. They are Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela. These four remarkable men fought for their beliefs even through times of struggle and hardship. The sculptures stand in a crescent formation with Table Mountain in the background overlooking Nobel Square.
The Chavonnes Battery Museum
Experience the story of the early history of Cape Town. Celebrating the existence, disappearance and re-appearance of Cape Town’s oldest cannot battery. Built in 1726 the heavily armed battery guarded Cape Town from attacks by the English and French East India Companies. It disappeared in 1860 and was re-discovered in 1999 and conserved in its original form.
A colony of adorable Cape Fur Seals, who would normally be located on off shore islands, can be located at the Clock Tower Precinct on old tires lining the quayside.
Robben Island Information Centre
This unique museum depicts the history of Robben Island and the political struggle to overthrow apartheid.
Robben Island Cruises
Leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront you can book a guided tour to Robben Island. The tour will take approximately 3 to 4 hours and will take you to the island and back by ferry, a tour of various interesting historical points on the island and the Maximum Security Prison where Nelson Mandela was a prisoner for 18 of his 27 prison years as well as viewing his cell.
Enjoy a scenic cruise on Table Bay with a selection of different types of boats and cruises to choose from. The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat is extremely popular with kids or enjoy a Sunset Champagne cruise with scenic views of the sun setting over Cape Town with a glass of bubbly in your hand.
There are a variety of options if you are interested in experiencing Cape Town from the skies. A little pricey so if the exchange rate is in your favour this is a fantastic way to experience the Mother City and all her beauty. There are different route options to suit your budget.
V&A Waterfront Historical Guided Walking Tours
You can do a guided walk to explore the history as one of Africa’s biggest ports. Bookings can be made at the V&A Waterfront Information Centre situated on Dock Road (next to Ferryman’s Pub) and are approximately 45 minutes.
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