Where Shopping Meets the Sea

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is often near the top of any visitor’s agenda in South Africa’s “Mother City”, and quite rightly so. Whether you want to shop or merely take a stroll and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of this working harbour, the V & A Waterfront is well worth a visit. The accommodation is positioned within walking distance of all the attractions and is of an excellent quality.

The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront scheme is a multi-billion dollar venture that has revitalized the docks. It draws its inspiration from successful harbor projects in San Fransisco, Sydney and elsewhere but it’s not simply a copy; it has its own distinctive personality, and it’s setting, beneath the moody grandeur of Table Mountain, is both unique and exciting.

The V&A is still very much a working area – although on the surface it may seem to you to be a only pleasure playground. The graving docks, originally built for the tall ships of yesteryear continue to function; the dry docks are in constant use, tugs and tour boats sail up and down, offices and apartments are being built and new developments are in progress.

Overall though, the V & A Waterfront is about relaxation – it’s about eating, drinking, shopping, and about soaking up the charming atmosphere.

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The Waterfront is a shopper’s paradise. Principal centre is the huge Victoria Wharf shopping mall; a complex of converted warehouses crammed with up market outlets ranging from a biltong bar (biltong is a dried raw meat and a prized South African delicacy) through jewelry, clothing and accessories boutiques, to some of the country’s most imaginative craft shops. The Wharf is open till late seven days a week.

The Waterfront is also the departure point for the Robben Island Tour. About 7 miles (11.5km) out to sea and clearly visible from the shore-line is the oval shaped Robben Island, which until recently served as the infamous maximum-security prison, where Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first truly democratically elected president, served much of his 27-year sentence. A three-hour tour of the Island is an absolute must for any visitor. These informative and often emotive tours are led by former inmates on the island, incarcerated there for their political beliefs.

Excellent accommodation can be found right within the Waterfront, and the area is perfect to combine with any of Cape Town’s other attractions. Enquire with one of our Travel Experts as to how best to combine all Cape Town has to offer in one dream vacation.

Top Destinations

The Waterberg

Kruger & Surrounds

Garden Route


Fast Facts

The walk-through, window lined tunnels of the V&A Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium give you a scuba diver’s view of the Cape coast’s undersea wonders. Here, in all their colourful variety, are sharks, tuna and about 300 other species.

Insider Information
  • See Cape Town is from a bird’s-eye view. Chat to us about booking a helicopter trip from the Waterfront.
  • The Penny Ferry is a charming way to get across the cut between the Pierhead and East Quay. This little rowboat take you across in about 4 minutes.
  • Go sailing on the Spirit of Victoria, a traditionally designed schooner.
  • Pamper yourself at the S.K.I.N Wellness Spa at the Waterfront.

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Don’t Miss
  • A trip to Robben Island – you can purchase your ticket from the Robben Island Museum.
  • Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. This is truly a remarkable aquarium.
  • Hop on and off the City Sightseeing bus which departs from the Waterfront and takes you to all the top sights in Cape Town including Table Mountain, Clifton and Camps Bay.
  • Shop till you drop!

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