Hikers Safety Guide
V&A Waterfront, In the Beginning…
It started off with a small jetty, which Jan van Ribeeck built in 1654 as he wanted to get a refreshment station going at the foot of Africa for the Dutch East India Company. The Cape became a good location for stop overs by the Dutch ships sailing through, to places like Eastern Africa, India and the Far East on, on their journeys in quest for exotic goods to trade.
In June 1858 terribly winter storms wreaked serious havoc, and wrecked over 30 vessels. As a consequence to this, Lloyd's of London had to refuse cover on these ships that were now wintering in the Table Bay. On a sunny September 17 in 1860, Midshipman HRH Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria's second son, got stuck in there and tipped the first load of stone, to start construction of the breakwaters for Cape Town's first harbour.
Since gold and diamonds were discovered in South Africa, the need to increase the harbour space was evident and this is when the Victoria Basin was created and added onto the Alfred Basin. The construction of the 2 harbour basins took place between 1860 - 1920, and today the area is notable for its outstanding heritage buildings.
The foreshore then came to life, around 1938 and was completed around 1945. It was however delayed by the Second World War. A 233ha tract of Foreshore land was created and made it possible for city expansion.
In November 1988, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Ltd [aka "V&A"] got it's name as a wholly-owned subsidiary by Transnet Ltd to redevelop the historic docklands around the V&A basins, as a mixed-use area, making it possible to use as retail, tourism, and residential development, with continued operations of a fully working harbour.
Amenities at the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront consists of numerous restaurants, shops and activities surrounding the harbour and inside the mall. The harbour offers visitors boat rides out daily, be sure to look them up for their various packages. If living in the hustle and bustle is your thing, then have a look at their residential apartment offers, located nicely in the V&A, and also up to date with the latest technology requirements, should the internet be your requirement in today's fast paced online world.
Open daily between 9am and 9pm, and as an added bonus folks you can get free Wi-Fi!
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