V&A Waterfront, Cape Town South Africa Offers Historical Walking Tours

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Cape Town, created for the purpose of a halfway station in 1652, to provide of fresh water, vegetables and meat for passing ships travelling to and from Asia, has flourished into a top tourism destination.

The early colonists, the Dutch, French, British and also the Malay slave’s cultures blended, and the influence is visible in the mixed architecture and cuisine found all around the city.

South Africa’s oldest working harbour provides 22 interesting landmarks to explore and enjoy during the historical walking tours offered by the V & A Waterfront, established to re-united Cape Town with its proud maritime heritage and at the same time, provide a top tourism destination.

The V&A Waterfront derives its name from the 2 harbour basins built between 1860 and 1920, and named after Queen Victoria and her second son, HRH Prince Albert.

Tour Highlights

The Tour Route highlights include:

  • Chavonnes Battery Museum
  • The historical Clock Tower
  • Swing bridge
  • Bertie’s Landing
  • African Tradidng Port
  • Alfred Basin
  • Robertson’s Dry Dock (one of the oldest of its kind in the world today and still in use)
  • SAS Somerset (the only boom defence vessel remaining in the world)
  • Old Power Station (Cape Town’s first power station)
  • Pump House
  • Portswood Ridge
  • Portswood Tunnel
  • Rocket Shed
  • Union Castle Building
  • Victoria Basin
  • Timeball Tower – 1894, used to check the accuracy of chronometers of the docked ships
  • Breakwater Prison Treadmill – 1860, for convicts working at the breakwater
  • Breakwater Secret Tunnel

Tour Information

  • 45 minutes to an hour starting at 11h00
  • Ends at Quay 5 / Amphitheatre
  • Tours are by appointment only
  • Advance bookings are required.

The V&A Waterfront Information Centre

Tel: +27 (0)21 408 7791 Tel: +27 (0)21 408 7791


If by reading this blog has given you the strong desire to visit Cape Town – enjoy the varied cultural infused cuisines, the wine farms, the beauty and the fascinating history, then be assured of the finest accommodation at Sun Internationals, Table Bay hotel.

The Table Bay Hotel is situated at the V& A Waterfront and has beautiful views of the harbour, Table Mountain or Robben Island depending on which side you are facing. The Table Bay Hotel is perfectly located at the waterfront and provides and easy access to some of the most famous attractions. The Table Bay Hotel was opened in 1997 by Madiba, South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela.

For bookings, please contact Central Reservations

Tel: +27 (0) 11 780 7810


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