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“Vibrant, multicultural!”

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
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US$3,44*
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Hop-On Hop-Off Cape Town Canal Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

A vibrant, multicultural venue for eating, drinking, shopping and relaxing. All one needs under "one roof" for the visitor to Cape Town.

Thank dawn s
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

A must visit in Cape Town to see local people and visitors enjoying the lively atmosphere of the marina and working port surrounded by shops a shopping mall, restaurants and bars. There's something for everyone here including world class hotels and restaurants.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Can’t say the V&A impressed me. It has been a few years since I last visited and while it has expanded considerably it is a tourist trap with nothing to offer.

Spending time in the market shed shows how little people are interested in their customers. 90% of Sales people were either on their mobile phone or asleep. No interest in selling to their customers and with extortionate prices no one would buy anyway.

Can’t say that this impressed me at all.

Thank dublinwork
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

I stayed there the whole afternoon and had a great time in the markets and the harbour. I enjoyed the different musicians and especially that I felt safe as a solo traveller. Unfortunately , there where a lot of tourists mostly germans which is not a ad thing as it is a tourist attraction but if you want to see south african culture it's not the right place to go.

Ich habe einen ganzen Nachmittag dort verbracht, weil ich auf die City Tour am Abend gewartet habe. Es gibt viele tolle Läden, wo man alles kaufen kann und ich habe vielen verschiedenen Musikern zugehört. Am besten war, dass ich mich als Alleinreisende sehr sicher gefühlt habe, was auch an den vielen Touristen dort lag. Falls man also südafrikanische Kultur kennen lernen mag, sollte man wo anders hingehen.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Several things there modernism , a good place for shopping , and an harbour ...
Archtecture kept the spirit of old Cape town harbour ... There a lot animation such as bands you can find easly ...There is an atmosphere , on teh evening you can eat fresh fishes .

Thank Alain P
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