Things to do in South Africa

Top South Africa Attractions

Things to Do in South Africa


Top Attractions in South Africa

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The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from leisure, shopping and exclusive entertainment. It also offers prime residential and commercial property. The prime positioning of the V&A Waterfront boasts sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. Up to 100 000 people visit every day during peak season. Contributing R259.1 billion in nominal terms to the South African economy over the last twelve years, the V&A Waterfront’s cumulative contribution to the provincial GGP since 2002 was over R227 billion. The property also reported a 19% increase in retail trade sales for 2014, marking four consecutive years of consistent growth since 2011. By end 2014, total visitor numbers to the property had grown to 24 million a year. Although the V&A Waterfront remains South Africa’s favourite attraction for international visitors, they account for only 23% of all visitors. Visits by locals increased to 63%, while 14% of visitors were from upcountry. With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Jointly owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC), the V&A Waterfront was developed in 1988 by the state-owned transport corporation, Transnet Limited, while official commercial trading commenced in November 1990.
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What travellers are saying

  • Road28739162824
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would would definitely recommend to go here had a amazing time...
    It's fun for familys couples and kids and the view is just Wow no words needed
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • KnitsbyConnie
    MA515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding view and ride up to the top of table mountain. The Swiss really know how to do these gondolas. The cab rotated while we were in it, so everyone gets a view of the mountain and vista as we ride up to the top.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • Artem Safonov
    Moscow, Russia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wonderful place! so many interesting plants and trees, marvellous views and nature. thanks to guide Nathan, he made our trip much more interesting. told us many interesting stories and facts about local nature. good luck for Nathan and this place)
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • KnitsbyConnie
    MA515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Several visit to the V&A via the hotel shuttle.
    Lovely place. The shopping mall is huge and sprawling. You can get lost as I did.
    At the Watershed you can get local handcraft items that are especially nice.
    The Waterfront area has lots to do and see, and plenty of eating place. The area was still alive and vibrant during the Easter weekend.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • KnitsbyConnie
    MA515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a cute place to visit. You walk down via a boardwalk to a viewing area on the beach where the penguins are all enjoying themself like a big family at a beach side picnic. They are truly in their natural habitat, without a care in the world. It was such a joy to see them, mom, dad and babies all just being part of their colony. Apparently March to May is top breading season, so that seems to be why we saw so much activity. This is a must see.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • KnitsbyConnie
    MA515 contributions