V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s premier shopping, cultural and leisure destination and home to the cutting-edge Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) and the departure point to Robben Island.
Here are our Top things to see and do at the V&A Waterfront:
Immerse yourself in art at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa:
Have you noticed the beautiful new Silo building taking up the skyline in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront? It is home to the much anticipated Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which will be opening their doors to the public on 22 September 2017. In celebration and to make the museum accessible to all, it will offer free admission to everyone until the 25th. Find out more here.
Take in great views over the harbour and Table Mountain while you dine:
The V&A Waterfront is home to some of Cape Town’s best restaurants, with over 80 eateries for our visitors to choose from. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat out in Cape Town, we feature flavours from around the world and options to suit every budget. Whether you are looking for a quick bite from our world-class food market or a more leisurely experience at some of our unique fine dining restaurants, we have something for everyone. Choose from a wide range of eateries with Table Mountain and sea views or indoor cafes, delis and casual dining eateries spread across the property.
Charter a helicopter for an unforgettable flight over the Cape Town:
There are a variety of helicopter trips to choose from 15-minute trips, 20 minute Robben Island trips, a 30-minute 3 bay trips, and 50 minute Cape Point tours covering the entire Cape Peninsula – there is something for everyone. See Cape Town from a unique perspective, don’t forget to bring your camera!
Enjoy a ride on The Cape Wheel by day or night:
The Cape Wheel is a giant observation wheel that offers a spectacular 360˚ panoramic view of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront precinct. Your viewing experience across the Mother City includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium. The Cape Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed air conditioned cabins that will take you 40 metres above the ground in safety and comfort on the four revolution ride. Two of the cabins are wheelchair friendly.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Immerse yourself in the wonders of the ocean. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium exhibits and learn about marine life. Even better, join them during feeding time to see a frenzy of activity, accompanied by a short talk from one of our staff. Have you heard about the Penguin Experience? Get up close and personal with the adorable rockhopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Learn about our feathered friends and watch them being fed. They also love sitting on people’s laps!
Do a free self-guided historical walking tour:
The 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.
Take a sunset cruise:
The V&A Waterfront is home to a variety of boats, ferries and luxury yachts! What better way to enjoy a summers day, than with a cruise? There are a variety of options to choose from to suit your budget. Don’t forget to bring the kids to enjoy a fun cruise on the Jolly Rodger Pirate Boat!
Shop till you drop at 450 stores:
With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment, the V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular shopping destination. Consolidating this position is our diverse offering of local and international brands that guarantee something for everyone shopping in Cape Town, irrespective of taste or budget.
The V&A Waterfront is a family friendly place and there are a variety of play areas around the attraction. So get yourself some coffee or a delicious ice cream, relax and let the kids burn off some steam!
Chavonnes Battery Museum:
Explore the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 photo exhibition, 50 large images from the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Red Sea, North Sea, Java and Celebe Seas. Then step-below sea level to discover the history of the Cape in the archaeology ruins of this VOC Fort that has been buried for 140 years. Detailed models, model ships, artefacts and large graphic information boards, a wishing well and the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus.
The Springbok Experience:
The Springbok Experience is a world-class, modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of rugby. It offers a fun and entertaining experience for the whole family and is a ‘must-do’ attraction at the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The museum features more than 60 audiovisual displays where visitors can watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. And there are games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone.
Cape Town Diamond Museum Guided Tour:
The Shimansky Diamond Experience offers an exciting tour that lets you explore the fascinating world of diamonds like you’ve never seen it before. Expect a guided tour where you will learn about the diamond industry, history of diamonds in South Africa, how diamonds form, see amazing replicas of the world’s most famous diamonds and much more.
One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.