V&A Waterfront

The Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is a major South-African tourist attraction that draws over 23 million visitors per year. The property was transformed from a largely derelic and underutlized commercial wharf and storage area in the 1970s to a fabulous selection of restaurants, shops and tourist venues, plus condos and hotels while remaining a working waterfont. Also included in the development was the beautiful V&A Waterfront Marina, where we are moored within easy walking distance of all the attractions. We spent our first couple of days in Cape Town exploring the V&A Waterfront and enjoying some excellent meals.

Trip highlights from Nov 20th and 21st follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps

Entry gate

The marina basin was built in the 1800s and later converted into the V&A waterfront complex. These might be original steps that lead ashore from our dock. It’s a little unusual for a dock to be accessible only through stairs–hopefully we won’t need to transport anything heavy or wheeled.

This small lock leads to a canal between residential buildings behind the marina basin.
V&A Waterfront Marina

Our slip at the V&A Waterfront Marina with dramatic Table Mountain as a backdrop. The dock mostly is empty now, but will fill up when the World ARC fleet arrives in December.