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Posted on Tuesday, 23rd Sep 2014

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most visited destination, attracting millions of visitors every year – and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to go shopping, dine at top restaurants, party at local nightspots, visit tourist attractions and museums or investigate the city’s historic harbour, you’ll find it all here.
For those looking for something different, here our our Top 10 suggestions for Unique Experiences.


Luxury yacht cruise and clay pigeon shooting
Enjoy a unique two-hour experience aboard a 55-foot luxury catamaran cruiser that begins with a choice of breakfast, lunch or dinner on board. This will be followed by an opportunity to participate in clay pigeon shooting, under the supervision of a qualified safety instructor. For more information click here or e-mail your questions to


VIP tour of Robben Island
For a more intimate experience of Robben Island, this bespoke VIP trip offers visitors the opportunity to learn more about the world heritage site where Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s greatest statesmen and icons of the 21st century was incarcerated for many years. The tour is the only one that offers a privately operated cruise to Robben Island and the surrounding bay.  Guests will travel in luxury aboard the seven-star, 60-foot Inala yacht, which can accommodate up to 12 guests at a time. Private helicopter transfers are also available. For more information click here or e-mail your questions to


Discover Scuba
Anyone who has ever dreamed of experiencing the underwater beauty of the ocean will know that they need to be a qualified scuba diver to do so. However the Discover Scuba one day course will equip you with the skills required to dive in the Irvin & Johnson Predator Exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium. The course includes the use of all the equipment (excluding the actual dive), and will even allow you to get up close and personal with sharks in a safe and controlled environment.  Also on offer is the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit dive for advanced divers only. Terms and conditions apply and these can be found by clicking here or e-mail your questions to


Bronze Sculpting @ Donald Greig Sculptures – Foundry & Gallery
After using a variety of foundries to create his unique works of art, bronze sculptor Donald Greig now works from his own foundry at the V&A Waterfront employing a team of highly skilled artisans all specializing in different areas of the casting process.  Visitors to the foundry will be able to view the bronze pouring and casting process in its different stages.  For more information click here or e-mail your questions to


Whiskey Tasting at Cape Grace
The gracious 5-star Cape Grace Hotel offers visitors to its Bascule Whisky Bar the opportunity to learn more about the art of distilling various styles of whisky at an in-depth, tutored whisky tasting.
All tastings include three whiskies that are perfectly paired with a chocolate truffle, smoked salmon or blue cheese.For more information, visit Cape Grace or direct your questions to


Ocean Star sailing academy
Ever wanted to sail but didn’t know how to go about learning? The Ocean Star Sailing Academy offers courses a variety of courses ranging from the RYA Competent Crew, to the RYA Yacht Master. Courses are offered in both sail and power which also incorporates STCW training for those seeking commercial endorsements, or for those wanting to work in maritime related industries. The spacious campus offers simple self-catering accommodation and classrooms where we focus on training students for the yachting industry. For more information about the academy and the courses, click here or e-mail your questions to


Shimmy Beach Club
The Shimmy Beach Club offers a unique dining experience in a restaurant with picturesque views across Table Bay, separate whisky and vodka tasting rooms, two bars, and an open-air hydraulic stage. A deck leads down to an infinity pool and private beach, which extends to a swanky indoor dance floor. For more information visit Shimmy Beach Club or e-mail your questions to


KWAK beer experience
Kwak is a dark beer from the 19th century, first favoured by European coach drivers who traditionally drank the beer from a glass with a bowl shaped bottom. As the glasses were extremely expensive and difficult to replace at the time, it sparked a Belgian custom in which the barman kept the left shoe of patrons until the glass was been returned. Today, this custom is still practiced at Den Anker. For more information visit Den Anker or e-mail your questions to


Penguin Encounter at Two Oceans Aquarium
Get up close and personal with the adorable rock hopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium. Become personally acquainted with the ‘Rockies’ Roxy, Hopper and Bubbles with the awesome interactive Penguin Encounter. Two visitors at a time can join a bird trainer for an informative, fun and exhilarating face-to-face encounter with the feathered friends. For more information about age restrictions and other terms and conditions, visit Two Oceans Aquarium or e-mail your questions to


The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
Rugby fans can now take an interactive journey through the fascinating history of South African rugby at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum. Featuring more than 64 audio visual monitors and computer screens, visitors can try their hand at the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ skills tests. They will also be able to buy authentic branded clothing at the flagship Springbok clothing store.  For more information, click here or e-mail your questions to




Seal spotting
A colony of Cape fur seals has selected an unusual breeding ground among the crowds at the Clock Tower Precinct, where the antics of these hefty marine mammals keep visitors amused.


2.5km & 5km running routes
The 2.5km and 5km V&A running route meanders past all the major attractions of the V&A Waterfront offering magnificent views of sea and mountains. The newly built boardwalk is also incorporated into the route and road markers ensure that runners stay on track even if they are distracted by the views.  The route starts and finishes from the V&A Waterfront Information Centre located in Dock Road where a route map is available.


New Year’s celebrations
The V&A Waterfront has become the premier destination for New Year revellers each year. Bid the old world farewell and welcome in the New Year with performances from top local artists while you watch magnificent firework displays. The whole family can join in the fun which is spread around the property.


Self-guided historical walking tour
Visitors can uncover the V&A’s rich history and cultural legacy with self-guided historical walking tours. The tour takes visitors on a journey through time and paints a picture of life in Cape Town from as early as 1652 right through to the bustling trade of the V&A Waterfront today. The starting point of the tour is at the V&A Waterfront Information Centre, where visitors may collect their free maps. From here visitors will follow a series of 32 boards in numbered sequence, placed at significant historical points of interest and at heritage landmarks.


Nobel Square
Nobel Square pays tribute to South Africa`s four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, namely the late Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F.W. de Klerk and the late former President Nelson Mandela. The larger than life bronze sculptures were created by internationally acclaimed artist Claudette Schreuders. The fifth sculpture in the square, Peace and Democracy, created by Noria Mabasa, acknowledges the contribution of women and children to the attainment of peace in South Africa.


Summer sunset concerts at the Amphitheatre
A favourite entertainment activity with locals and visitors to Cape Town is the Waterfront Summer Sunset Concerts. A variety of musicians entertain the crowds at the outdoor Amphitheatre underneath an African sky lit by stars.


Chess and Pétanque games
Visitors to Clock Tower Square can now test their mental dexterity and strategic skills on a giant outdoor chess board. Smaller, dedicated chess games built into outdoor tables are also available for a more intimate game.  In addition to chess, Clock Tower Square now also boasts a boules court.


Kids Ahoy Playground
The kiddies’ playground situated near the outdoor Amphitheatre and on Clock Tower Square is a place where younger visitors can jump and play and generally let their imaginations run wild. Parental supervision is required to ensure the safety of children.


Zeitz MOCAA Pavilion
To view cutting edge and innovative artwork from Africa and its Diaspora, be sure to visit the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Mocaa). This is the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art, and it was established in 2013 as a partnership of the V&A Waterfront and Jochen Zeitz. The Zeitz Collection acts as the founding collection of the museum which is currently situated at the Zeitz Mocaa Pavilion, and entry is free. In 2016, the collection will be transferred to its permanent home in the heritage-listed repurposed Grain Silo complex. The complex has been redesigned by the award-winning British Heatherwick Studio.


All stores within the V&A Waterfront, with the exception of the V&A Craft Market & Wellness Centre, are open from 09h00 until 21h00 daily (including Sundays and public holidays).

For further information on the above free activities, visit V&A Waterfront or contact the V&A Waterfront Information Centre on 021 408 7500.


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