South Africa’s most visited destination, the V&A Waterfront, is situated at the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour. Home to 22 landmarks, its rich and varied history can be traced back to 1654, when Jan van Riebeeck built the first jetty as part of his mission to establish a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company.
Our guided historical walking tours give you the opportunity to discover the history of this landmark destination, where the cultures of the early Dutch, Flemish and British colonists blended with those of the Malay slaves and sailors from every corner of the globe to form the cosmopolitan tapestry that makes up modern-day Cape Town. So step back in time with us and relive the inauguration of the V&A Waterfront’s construction in 1860 by HRH Prince Alfred, at the time a 16-year old midshipman. See the markings left by recalcitrant prisoners at Breakwater prison and marvel at the SAS Somerset, the only boom defence vessel remaining on earth. Your experienced tour guide will regale you with stories and anecdotes that will not only capture your imagination, but vividly evoke the sights and sounds of a bygone era.
Booking is essential. Visit the V&A Waterfront Information Centre or the Kiosk in the mall for bookings and further information.
TOUR ROUTE & HIGHLIGHTS (Duration: 1.5 hours)
Our journey begins at Chavonnes Battery Museum, the harbour’s oldest heritage site. The tour then winds its way from Clock Tower Square and will include, but is not limited to the following points of interest:
African Trading Port
Robinson Dry Dock - one of the oldest of its kind in the world still in daily use
SAS Somerset - the only boom defence vessel remaining in the world
Old Power Station - Cape Town’s first power station
Breakwater Prison - markings left by recalcitrant prisoners are still visible today
Time Ball Tower
Union Castle Building
Ending off at Quay 5 / Amphitheatre