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Nothing can be more exciting than a five minute arrival before the the blast of the Noon Day Gun. All is quiet and then Officers apprach the Guns and light them and at immediiately twelve noon, the guns go off. This is an old Cape...More
would highly recommend making it to hear the history behind the noon day gun which is delivered with great humour and to experience it being fired at noon.
nothing prepared us for the noise and ground movement when the canon exploded. brilliant short detour.
Each day at noon, except for Sunday, one of two canon are fired by the SA Navy. Residents take little notice, or set their watches, but the sound is heard all over and it's interesting to hear the history.
We were up to the Gun for the daily cannon fire. This consisted of people standing around on a grassy knoll until the cannon was fired, during which most held their fingers in their ears, and then walking back down. Frankly, not worth inclusding this...More
The Noon Gun was a great experience and it is definitely one that we would recommend. The gentleman who fired the canon gave us a short but interesting history of the function of the canon and why it is still fired today. I would suggest...More
The Noon Gun is always a pleasure to visit, the cannon going off always catch people unaware and distorted photos are evidence of that. These are the oldest cannons in the world still in daily use accept Sundays and public holidays. Models of the Noon...More
Visitors often think that the noon gun is all the way up in signal hill. It took me several visits to Cape Town to realize that the way to the noon gun is from from the corner of Bloem and Buitengracht Street via the Bo-Kaap...More