Five things to do at the V&A Waterfront

One often wonders if Jan Van Riebeek had an idea that his small jetty would later become the very heart of the V&A Waterfront. The Waterfront is home to a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment venues. Here is a selection of some of the best things to do while at the V&A Waterfront.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and get an up close view of the marine life in the area. There are over 3000 different types of animals located in the aquarium such as sharks, penguins, fish and turtles. The aquarium raises environmental awareness through exhibitions, conservation and educational programs. If you are lucky on your visit, you will be able to see the feeding process, and get the opportunity to see how hungry sharks really attack their food.

Cruise the Canals

There is no public access to marina so a Canal Cruise at the V&A Waterfront is your best bet if you are interested in seeing the multi-million Rand apartments owned by the likes of Madonna, David Beckham and Elton John. These cruises leave every half an hour, only costing R20 a person and allow you to hop on and off all day, passing The One & Only, City Lodge, Westin Grand, Harbour Bridge Hotel and the CTICC. Remember to take your headphones and cellphone with, so that you can hear your tour guide telling you about the fascinating history of the area.

Scratch for gems or play golf in a cave

Take your children to go scratching for brightly coloured stones. It will keep them occupied for hours and there is no time limit. There are almost 100 different semi-precious stones and bags cost between R15-R90. The scratch patch is open every day (except Christmas Day) between 09:00 to 15:30.

When everyone tires from hunting for gems, right next door is Cave Golf. Cave Gold is 18 holes and 45 minutes of putt-putt fun with some interesting obstacles for only R12 a person. So get your game face on and try beating your friends in one of the most unique putt-putt courses in Cape Town.

Sunset ferris wheel ride

Take in the City Skyline from the first giant ferris wheel in South Africa. Sit in an enclosed cabin and enjoy a 15 minute ride (four revolutions) that allows you to view the entire city – including views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Paarl. Otherwise, take a longer and more romantic sunset ride with a bottle of Champagne, it lasts 90 minutes and gives you a chance to see the sun setting on the water.

Cycle the Mother City

See the city like never before and climb on a bicycle. The cycle tour lasts three hours and takes you from the V & A Waterfront, through the historical Bo-Kaap, the Company Gardens, around the Greenpoint Stadium and through the Greenpoint Park. This is a fun and fascinating way to see the city, and gives you a chance to stop along the way to sight-see or simply catch your breath. Take note, these are Dutch bikes and as a result do not have brakes on the handle bars, if you want to brake, all you need to do is pedal backwards.

See the V&A Waterfront as more than just a place to eat, shop and watch a movie. Look out for these exciting activities and learn some interesting history along the way.

I am Greg Jones, a Cape Town lover and return visitor. When I come to South Africa, I always stay in waterfront hotel Cape Town and make sure that I do some of these activities. Cape Town is one of my favourite holiday destinations and I cannot wait to come back in the summer and take a boat ride out to Robben Island or tour the canals on the cruise boats.

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