Cape Town Museums and More

During our last two days in Cape Town, we visited the Titanic Artifact Exhibit, the Springbok Rugby Musuem, the Cape Town McLaren dealership, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Town Diamond Museum.

Trip highlights from December 21st and 22nd follow 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


The travelling Titanic Artifact Exhibit opened at the V&A Waterfront shortly after we arrived in Cape Town and we finally went to see it. The exhibit focuses on the personal stories of those aboard and included over 300 artifacts recovered from the sea floor along with a description of the recovery process.
Springbok Museum

The Springboks are the national team of rugby-obsessed South Africa. The Springbok Museum does an excellent job of detailing the country’s tumultuous rugby history, particularly during the international outcry and protests against apartheid. Soon after becoming president, Nelson Mandela used rubgy as a way of uniting a country close to civil war. This statue shows the famous exchange between Nelson Mandela and Springbok captain Fran├žois Pienaar after underdog South Africa won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. As Mandela handed the cup over, he said to Pienaar “Fran├žois, thank you for what you have done for our country.” Pienaar replied: “No, Mr President. Thank you for what you have done.”

The Cape Town McLaren dealership has some amazing machines on display, including several McLaren 650Ss and a 675LT.
Inside McLaren

A McLaren with the bodywork removed is more interesting, and almost as beautiful, as a McLaren with the bodywork on.
Grand Cafe and Beach

We stopped in at the Grand Cafe and Beach for a pre-dinner drink overlooking Table Bay.

The beautiful jellyfish exhibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium above the V&A Waterfront marina.

The African penguins at the Two Oceans Aquarium seem to enjoy being the center of attention.
Kelp Forest

The Two Oceans Aquarium has one of only three live kelp forest exhibits in the world and it’s fabulous. We’ve seen one of the other two at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.
Predator exhibit

The massive predator tank includes ragged-tooth sharks and many large pelagic fish. For a fee, you can dive the tank with a guide.
Ocean Basket

We had a delicious lunch on the patio at The Ocean Basket. The restaurant sponsors the Kelp Forest Exhiibit at the Two Oceans Aquarium and serves only sustainable catches.
Nobel Square

Nobel Square has larger-than-life statues of South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Nkosi Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former State President F. W. de Klerk and former President Nelson Mandela.
Diamond museum

On a guided tour through the Cape Town Diamond Museum, we learned about the history of South Africa’s diamond industry and how the stones are valued and cut.

The Diamond Museum was created by South African diamond jeweler Shimansky, and the tour includes a view into their factory where diamonds are cut and set into fine jewelry.

Show locations on map Click the travel log icon on the left to see these locations on a map, with the complete log of our cruise.

On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at


If your comment doesn't show up right away, send us email and we'll dredge it out of the spam filter.

2 comments on “Cape Town Museums and More
  1. Stewart Kelly says:

    Happy New Year James and Jennifer. I hope you have a year of calm seas and continue to enjoy great voyages!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.