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V&A Waterfront tours & holiday packages

An old harbour for a modern world, with a thousand things to do

Cape Town’s official harbour might have relocated, but the V&A Waterfront remains a popular boat mooring, a place to shop to your heart’s content and dine on cuisine from around the world afterward

It may be right beside Cape Town’s busy city centre, but life’s pace slows down upon arriving at the V&A Waterfront. Boats hang silently in the water and different rides go out throughout the day – some with onboard bars, some on a pirate boat and some to watch the sunset at sea. 

Beyond the water, there’s a collection of outdoor shops and restaurants with a local marimba band, jazz band or a cappella group performing casually on the corners. The restaurants lining the water sell everything from fresh seafood and sushi to burgers and pizza.

Popular V&A Waterfront safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

South African Holiday Adventure (10 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

South African Holiday Adventure (10 days)

Explore the southern-most city on the African continent, before jetting off to spot the Big Five

$ 3,724

£ 2,855

R 60,330


per person

10 days

Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days) - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Cape Town, the Winelands and Kruger Luxury Journey (9 days)

Experience Cape Town, the lush Cape Winelands and a safari in the Kruger National Park and you'll fall under South Africa's spell

$ 3,151

£ 2,415

R 51,050


per person

9 days

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Adel Groenewald says

The Waterfront is the type of place I visit when I feel like treating myself to an art movie and dinner and I love going on a date in one of the nice restaurants. Alba Lounge is the best place for sundowner cocktails.

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A permanent fresh food market in an old converted warehouse sells a range of local eats and drinks while a massive craft market stands in a warehouse next door.Just beyond the markets is the Two Oceans Aquarium, a favourite place to get a closer look at South Africa's marine life. Twice a day, visitors can witness feeding time for the sharks in the massive main tank. A short stroll from the outside attractions brings travellers to the Victoria and Alfred shopping mall, a shopping mecca with more than 400 retail outlets with brands from around the world.

The shops are interspersed with cafes, ice-cream parlours, and bakeries. There's a big, cheerful playing area for children and a mini-golf course inside a man-made cave for family fun. The V&A Waterfront has its own brewery, Ferryman's, a popular place for locals and travellers to get together and enjoy a draught.

V&A Waterfront Map

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Frequently Asked Questions about V&A Waterfront

What is a safari “bucket” shower?

Safari/bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing. They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash… go there.

What is the accommodation like on safari?

Safari lodges have guest rooms similar to a hotel with en-suite bathrooms. They are comfortably furnished with all facilities normally associated with a 3-star hotel. Tented lodges have rooms which are tents on a platform and with a roof and… go there.

What languages are spoken in Tanzania?

Language The official language in Tanzania is Swahili but there are hundreds of other local dialects. English is the second official language and the country's commercial language. It is also the main teaching language used for all higher… go there.

Can I bring my children along on a safari?

Family safaris in Africa are a worthwhile and meaningful experience. Aside from spending quality time with your nearest and dearest under a wide blue African sky, a safari in Africa offers invaluable experiences including unique cultural… go there.

What month is the best to see the dramatic river crossing?

August is the best time to see the wildebeest migration cross the Mara River. The crossings will continue through September - which is generally your last chance of seeing them cross the Mara River. go there.

What is the best time to see the great migration?

The best time to see the wildebeest migration is in August as the herds cross the Nile crocodile infested Mara River, crossing an international border between Kenya and Tanzania. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

V&A Waterfront - Africa Wildlife Safaris

Reviews on our V&A Waterfront safaris

All details were covered, all staff and food excellent, service was perfect - would highly recommend for sure.


from United States of America

After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…


from United States of America

The assistance was provided very professionally. Our trip coordinator tried to find the best places considering all our needs and finance. I would definitely recommend Discover Africa to everyone who is going to make a memorable Africa trip!

Anna Martirosyan

from Portugal

The tour was excellent. It has exceeded our expectations. The tour Guide and driver were very professional, friendly, and so helpful. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and my husband. I have recommended this company to all my friends, Megan…


from Australia

Excellent combination of calling to chat about plans and details, followed up with emailing of detailed information. Made all arrangements easy for us from the actual booking to payment procedures, exchange rate recommendations, visa advice,…


from South Africa

Megan - thanks so much for all your help with the booking, you have been amazing!

Charles Brownlee

from South Africa

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