Chavonnes Battery Museum (V&A Waterfront)

Time travel to Cape Town 300 years ago…

Discover the V&A Waterfront’s rich and varied history on the one-and-a-half hour guided walking tour of the expansive property the size of 180 rugby fields. Your tour, led by an experienced guide from local communities dressed in period costume will include some of the 22 points of historical interest including Cape Town’s first power station. The tour departs daily from the Chavonnes Battery Museum. Bookings can be made at the V&A Info Center or the Chavonnes Battery Museum.

Visitors are invited to don an 18th Century tricorn hat and step below sea-level for fascinating perspectives of the 17th to 19th Century Cape Town.

On the shoreline, it starts at a time of postal stones, shipwrecks and isolation wards, soldiers and slaves, exiles and explorers, locals and settlers, knechts and convicts.

Meander between and over the Archaeology Ruins of the Fort that has been buried for 140 years below sea-level on the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline, you will find pottery and glass and objects displayed in the Magic Carpet that were used by the people who were here, who were they?

Models of the shoreline & battery, with large graphic information panels for you to time-travel to what it looked like during the 17th and 18th Century,
See the Rocket Lifesaving Apparatus used at the “Cape of Storms / Good Hope”

Model Ships and Cannon displays with cannon balls and detailed models about how to fire a cannon and information about other Forts like The Castle of Good Hope.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Explore the incredible diversity of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at this world-class facility. The Two Oceans Aquarium has a wide variety of exhibits featuring many species of fish and other marine life, including turtles and penguins. Visitors can also get up close with various sea animals at the touch pool, microscope exhibit and penguin encounter.

Your Guide to V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront is an iconic 123-hectare neighbourhood which welcomes millions of people from all over the continent and world.

Cape Wheel (V&A Waterfront)
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…
Two Oceans Aquarium
Explore the incredible diversity of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans at this world-class facility. The Two Oceans Aquarium has a wide variety of exhibits featuring…
Museums at the V&A Waterfront
Take a step back in time at the Waterfront’s museums, each one offering unique insight into Cape Town’s cultural and historical past.
Robben Island Tours
Robben Island, the unique symbol of “the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, suffering and injustice” with a rich 500 year old multi-layered history,…
Cave Golf (V&A Waterfront)
Cave Golf is 18-hole mini-golf. The layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it’s well-designed and challenging enough to be…
Kids Fun at the V&A Waterfront
There’s no shortage of exciting and educational activities for the whole family at the Waterfront.

Cape Wheel (V&A Waterfront)

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.