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V&A Waterfront and the 2 Oceans Aquarium
SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARIS AND V&A WATERFONT (including the Two Oceans Aquarium)
The ‘Victoria & Alfred Waterfront’ is favourably located between Table Mountain and Robben Island, giving travellers breath-taking views of both of these well-known places. This Cape Town harbour is still a working dock with oil rigs, tug boats, luxury cruisers and extravagant yachts. If you are really lucky you might be able to walk aboard one of the luxury cruises that are docked. The Waterfront is an exciting shopping centre with luxury accommodation, interesting office blocks as well as fantastic restaurants for all tastes and cuisines….
The construction of the harbour was initiated by Prince Alfred (son of Queen Victoria)… the first basin was named after himself and the second basin was named after his mother; and this is simply how the waterfront derived its name – the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The harbour construction took place between 1860 and 1920 and to this day construction is still being done to the harbour and its surrounding aesthetic buildings.
There is a wide variety of fun activities that one can enjoy at the harbour, such as; seal watching (they come incredibly close near the old Berties Landing), Two Oceans Aquarium, maritime museum (history of shipping from prehistoric times to present day), boat trips around the harbour, Robben Island ferry trips, helicopter rides and monthly events ranging from the circus to exhibitions and food fairs. The clock tower is also a fascinating building as it used to be the original Port Captains office which was completed in 1882. The tower gave him a great vantage point to view all the activities in the harbour and monitor the tide.
The 2 Oceans Aquarium is extremely popular and contains a great selection of marine life including sharks, penguins, turtles and over 3000 living sea animals. It’s called the Two Oceans Aquarium because the aquarium contains sea life from both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. It’s a great educational trip for the whole family and the aquarium includes an activity centre, a touch pool, diversity hall (exhibitions) and a predator tank! Not only will the whole family learn a lot but they will also have a great time… you can also find curio shops and restaurants which guarantee that you will have a fabulous time.
Have a look at our South African safaris that include the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and the Two Oceans Aquarium (below). We also have other South African attractions beneath that you might want to visit on your South African Safari.
More Safari Attractions in South Africa:
- Kruger National Park
- Garden Route
- Cape Town
- Addo Elephant National Park
- Greater St Lucia
- Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park
- Pilanesberg National Park
- West Coast
- Table Mountain
- Cango Caves
- Cape Point, Cape Agulhas
- Gods Window
- Kapama Game Reserve
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Pilgrims Rest
- Robben Island
- Sun City
- Karoo South Africa
- Wild Coast
- Valley of a 1000 Hills
- Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
- The Battlefields
Safaris that include the V&A Waterfront
Experience a Cape Nature Garden Route Safari while staying in a quality Guest House in and around Cape Town, Albertinia, Oudtshoorn, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Read more…
Priced from: EUR 1295 / US$ 1750: Explore the best of Southern Africa on this 9 day Southern African Safari with Jenman Safaris, which includes; Cape Town & Table Mountain, Cape Point, Big Five Game Viewing in Kruger National Park, Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. Read more…
Experience the Garden Route on a Self-Drive Family tour with Jenman African Safaris, this self-drive family tour will take you from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Read more…