Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront development has grabbed
the imagination of Capetonian and visitor alike. With majestic
Table Mountain as a backdrop and the unique interest of the
'working harbour', it is not surprising that the 'Waterfront'
has become Cape Town's most popular attraction. Its success
has largely been built upon local support and attracts over
a million visitors a month, of which 70% are Capetonians.
over a century The Dutch East India Company contributed to
the development of the Cape of Good Hope. The arrival of their
merchant ships, laden with spices and treasures from markets
explored, caused great excitement in the community. Times
have changed, yet the same spirit lives on at the Waterfront
Craft Market, where craftsmanship and artistry of an ageless
quality are captured in a market for the explorer at heart.
cover gemstones, curios and fancy fashions to the silliest
souvenirs. It is also well stocked with restaurants, taverns,
cinemas, theatres and a variety of entertainment including
boat trips and charters. Try the historical walks.
is advisable to first visit the V&A Waterfront Information
Centre. They are there to help you with friendly advice, directions
and up-to-the minute information on activities and events.
They will even arrange bookings for tours and taxis.
A trip to Robben
Island Museum is a must for any visitor to Cape Town.
Visit the prison cell where Nelson Mandela spent many
of his years in prison. For nearly 400 years, Robben Island,
12 kilometres from Cape Town, was a place of banishment, exile,
isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those
they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts
and the unwanted of society. During the apartheid years Robben
Island became internationally known for its institutional
brutality. The duty of those who ran the Island and its prison
was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale.
Some freedom fighters spent more than a quarter of a century
in prison for their beliefs. Those imprisoned on the Island
succeeded on a psychological and political level in turning
a prison 'hell-hole' into a symbol of freedom and personal
liberation. Robben Island came to symbolise, not only for
South Africa and the African continent, but also for the entire
world, the triumph of the human spirit over enormous hardship
The Imax cinema is situated at the Portswood Road entrance
to the Waterfront. The main feature of Imax is the super-realistic
image on a screen five stories high.
Aquarium offers an exciting insight into the indigenous
fresh and seawater creatures of South Africa.
Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre forms the bulk of the
retail space at the Waterfront, and presents the shopper with
a wide variety of national retailers, boutiques and services,
along with a large selection of restaurants, coffee shops
and fast food outlets.
The Alfred Mall & Pierhead is situated within the historic
Pierhead and overlooks the small craft harbour and adjacent
dry dock. Those seeking quality specialist artefacts, jewellery,
curios and art with a nautical or African flavour will find
a wonderful selection here.
The Red Shed Craft Workshop, adjoining the Victoria
Wharf centre, is filled with an eclectic mix of handmade merchandise
and art and has an atmosphere that brings the shopper closer
to the creator.
The Waterfront Craft Market represents the Waterfront's
culture of entrepreneurship and micro business development.
This vibrant indoor craft market, adjacent to the Two Oceans
Aquarium, features a diverse assortment of innovative designs
and traditional handcrafts, antiquities and holistic lifestyle
South African Maritime Museum has the largest collection
of model ships and some fascinating artifacts. There is also
a floating exhibit, the S.A.S. Somerset.
items of historical interest are the Time Ball Tower,
(which was once used by ships in the bay to set the time)
and the Old Clock Tower, built in 1887. The topmost
floor housed the clock mechanism, while the bottom floor housed
the elaborate tide-gauge operated by a float on the water
below. The Clock Tower Centre, across the swingbridge
from the Pierhead, is the latest addition to the V&A Waterfront's
retail offering. It brings South African crafts, arts, designs
and foods together in one centre, along with facilities appealing
to tourists and locals alike.
Cape Fur Seals can be viewed by taking a boat ride around
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