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November 29, 2018

Things to do at the Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is a vibrant attraction that is frequented by the locals and tourists alike. With two levels of quality stores, numerous eateries - ranging from fast food to top class restaurants and array of attractions, a single day is not enough to justify a Waterfront adventure.

The Waterfront is clean and well maintained with a small bridge whichopens up for crossing of a boats and luxury yachts that also leads you to the famous Robben Island cruise. By day musical groups and dancers give the V and A Waterfront a festive atmosphere.

A list of some activities:

African Trading Port

The African trading port is located in the Old Port Captains building at the V&A Waterfront. Artwork from almost every African country and culture can be found at the Trade Port

Water Shed

Located next to the Two Oceans Aquarium, this space is home to more than 150 sheds offering local design and craft which includes Arts & Craft, Décor, Jewellery, curios Fashion and accessories. The opening and closing times are from 10:00am-06:00pm

The Cape Wheel

The Waterfront Cape Wheel is a giant observation wheel with 30 cabins. The big wheel is a must for everyone to do atleast once. The wheel offers a panoramic 360 degree view of Cape Town from V&A Waterfront harbour. The Cape Wheel rotates 4 times per ride over 10 to 15 minutes giving you enough time to take in the view of the City, Table mountain, the Greenpoint stadium, The Water front, Robben Island and the harbour. The Big Wheel also offers wheel chair friendly cabins

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans showcases the diversity of marine life situated on the Waterfront harbour found in the indian and atlantic oceans with over 3000 fish, sharks, turtles, seals and penguins. Make a note of visiting the Aquarium during shark feeding. Attractions of the Two Oceans Aquarium

Aquarium Highlights

  • Touch Pool & Microscope
  • The Penguin Exhibit
  • Predator Exhibit
  • I&J Ocean Exhibit
  • Atlantic Ocean Gallery
  • Kelp Forest
  • Cape Fur Seal Exhibit

Rugby Museum

Rugby fans should visit the Rugby Springbok Museum, a two-storey exhibition that showcases the rich history of South African rugby and the Springboks team.


Waterfront shopping is a must for tourist and its just as popular with local Capetonians, with over 450 stores offering local and international brands there's something for everyone. Shops open from 9:00-09:00 365 days a year with extended hours over holiday season.

Robben Island

Robben Island tours depart daily at 9:00 11:00 and 13:00, the trip takes 3 to 5 hours and includes a guided tour of the prison. The Robben Island tour leaves from Cape Towns harbour. Tickets for a visit to Robben Island can be booked online


Cape Town diamond museum

Visit the diamond museum at the Waterfront and take a guided tour to learn about South Africa's diamonds. The tour runs for approximately 20-45 minutes. Times are from 09:00-21:00

Chavonnes battery museum

Take a guided tour of the museum at the V & A Waterfront and you would learn how it all started. The Chavonnes is situated close to the clock tower and cost approximately R35 entrance fee per an adult.

Boat rides

Take a quick boat ride around the Cape Town Harbour. Boat rides are offered by local sailors offering to take you on ride into to sea for about 45 minutes. Cost are approximately R50 per person.


The V&A water front hosts a cinema theatre that caters for different languages. Visit cinema Nouveau or ster kinekor and relax with your partner or family.

Scratch patch

Spend some time with the kids at the scratch patch. 1000's of gems which kids could play with and collect.

Indoor Mini Golf

Spend some time at the one of Cape Town's few places which has indoor mini golf on offer in a cave like arena.

Kids Play area

The Waterfront has so many activities for both adults and kids and this is one of them. Spend lots of time at the V&A waterfronts harbours lovely park for kids.

The following activities also cater for children

  • Tommy the tugboat
  • Hamley's train
  • Artjamming
  • Chess board
  • Jolly Rodger pirate boat

Open live bands

Entertainment for all at the Waterfront. Love our summers and listen to bands to the early hours of the morning

There are also guided historical walking tours . The Cape Town Waterfront is classified as South Africa's most visited place. The Cape Town harbour has a total of 22 landmarks with rich history dating back as far as the time of Jan Van Riebeeck. Jan Van Riebeeck built the first jetty as part of a mission.

The guided historical tour offers great history of the Waterfront dating back of various groups such as the Dutch, british and the Malay slaves. The V&A stands for Queen "Victoria" and her son "Alfred". The Cape Town Harbour was built in 1860. The tour covers the following points: Swing Bridge, Clock Tower, African Trading Port, Alfred Basin, Robinson Dry dock, Old Power Station, Break water prison Portswood Ridge, Rocket Shed, Union Castle building, Victorian Basin and many more.

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