African Adventure Part 6 – Cape Town: The Waterfront

We’re in Cape Town, the final leg of this amazing African Adventure.


Nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean Cape Town is certainly the prettiest city we’ve yet to visit in South Africa. I completely understand why the Dutch stopped here on their way to the Far East – and why they stayed!   Back in Jo’burg I was told that Cape Town is “too quiet”, with not enough going on. Well Jo’burg may be the “little Manhattan” of South Africa – with energy and big business, but Cape Town is its “cool, chilled-out” outdoorsy-cousin. And why wouldn’t it be? Surrounded by mountains and beaches with a beautiful long waterfront there doesn’t seem to be any need to rush anywhere.


We’ve rented an apartment for a week at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V A Waterfront or simply “The Waterfront”), the most popular shopping and tourist site in the city. An extremely secure location (I mean gates and locks everywhere!), high-end condos dot canals graced by yachts from all over the world. In fact, during our visit, the largest and most expensive “super yacht” – the Vava II – owned by a former Miss United Kingdom and her billionaire husband – arrived and has been docked there ever since.

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Within the Waterfront area there are two higher end shopping malls  featuring all the typical international brands, along with a warehouse called ‘The Water Shed” of “Made in South Africa” shopping for clothes, crafts and other products. Restaurants grace the water’s edge and are great places to sit and people watch. There’s also an aquarium, a comedy club and the ferry to Robben Island– the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for over 20 years. All in all, a great place to spend some time.


From the Peace & Democracy Statue in Nobel Square at The Waterfront. The main feature of the statue includes Mandela and LeKlerk raising clasped hands. The statue represents freedom, racial tolerance and reconciliation.


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