Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

One of Cape Town’s biggest tourist attractions, the Waterfront evokes images of the early activities of the harbor. Much of its charm lies in the fact that this busy commercial harbor is set in the midst of a huge entertainment venue with pubs, over 400 stores and 45 different restaurants, specialty shops, craft markets, theaters and movies, an arts and crafts centre, the IMAX cinema, an internationally renowned aquarium, a children's science exploratium and a museum.

Situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town's working harbour. Set against a backdrop of magnificent sea and mountain views, exciting shopping and entertainment venues are intermingled with imaginative office locations, world-class hotels and luxury apartments in the residential marina.

Seal-watching is an amusing diversion. Visitors to the Two Oceans Aquarium will enjoy a fascinating underwater world. The Maritime Museum focuses on the history of shipping from prehistoric times to the present day. Boat trips around the harbour and along the coast are always popular. Helicopter flips provide a broader perspective. The Information Centre provides maps and information on special events planned for the day.

Waterfront Visitors Centre & Info Kiosks:

Tel (021) 418-2369
Fax (021) 25-2165 or by contacting the venues direct.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront provides the opportunity for serious shopping. From the selection of over 190 specialty shops at Victoria Wharf and Alfred Mall, the careful mix of tenants caters for a wide range of needs. Fashion, jewellery, accessories, health and beauty, audio visual and electronics, curios, memorabilia, books and unique foods and wines - the Waterfront offers the shopper a variety of choices and options.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront has the longest trading hours in the Western Cape, offering shoppers the opportunity to shop when it suits them. Minimum trading hours are from 09:00 to 21:00, seven days a week, for the Victoria Wharf shopping centre. Extended shopping hours over the festive season are the norm but a number of traders extend their trading hours close to the midnight hour.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Called the Two Oceans Aquarium because the vast Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet here, or almost here at the southern tip of the continent, the delightful underwater nature reserve is based at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, with over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fish, turtles, and penguins on display. The aquarium is divided into 5 main exhibits:
Diversity Hall
Consisting of approximately 32 exhibits displaying marine life in the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean.
Kids activity
Kids, have oceans of fun at the Two Oceans Aquarium! Visit Aquadot, your funky fishy friend, and splash around! Check out brainteasers, games and activities, or bring the Aquarium into your home by downloading our screensavers and wallpapers! Download pictures to colour in or challenge Mom to a memory game.
Touch Pool
A hit with the kids, the Touch Pool enables close-up inspection and handling of animals such as starfish and sea urchins as well as items washed up on the beach.
Activity Centre
The display offers you the unique opportunity to view these mammals up close and underwater through a large window as they play below the surface of the water.
The Story of Water
The exhibit begins in a mountain setting, complete with lush green vegetation, cascading waterfalls and clear rock pools complete with the freshwater fish that inhabit them. At the mouth of the river, washed by the waves, lives a colony of endangered African penguins and Rock-hopper penguins (a sub-Antarctic species). These entertaining birds can be seen feeding, preening and darting to and fro beneath the waves. Several African black oystercatchers (another endangered species) can also be seen at the water's edge.
Kelp Forest and Predator Exhibit
The 2.2 million litre Predator Exhibit is perhaps the most dramatic in the Aquarium. Ragged-tooth sharks; shoals of Yellowtail, Garrick and many other fishes; several species of rays and a turtle are visible through an enormous 11 metre wide by 4 metre high acrylic panel. This affords visitors a thrilling encounter as the sharks drift menacingly overhead.
Feeding times at Two Oceans Aquarium
African penguins in the Sappi River Meander Exhibit 11h45 and 14h30
Rockhopper and king penguins in the AfriSam Children’s Centre 11h30
Visiting Address:
Two Oceans Aquarium
P.O. Box 50603, Waterfront 8002, South Africa
Tel: + 27-21-418-3823
Fax: + 27-21-418-3952
General Inquiries:
Two Oceans Aquarium on the web:

Victoria Wharf Shopping Mall

Fashion and accessory stores number in excess of 60 ranging from men and womenswear to unisex and junior fashion. Appealing to the discerning fashion buyer, designer boutiques and larger fashion outlets offer a selection from basic garments to the outrageous.

Woolworths and the Pick 'n Pay Pantry are open until 21:00 every evening for food and basic household requirements, while the Kings Warehouse features a butchery, bakery, fish market, fresh produce market and other cooking ingredients.

Literary buffs are known to spend hours pouring over specialty books and magazines at Exclusive Books and CNA. CNA also fulfills the needs of music collectors as does Top CD with a selection of several thousand compact discs and cassettes as well as a formidable collection of classical music.

Red Shed Craft Workshop

The Red Shed Craft Workshop in Victoria Wharf offers an unique interaction between shoppers and those making the wares. Order a custom made item and watch the crafter at work.

The hustle and bustle of the Waterfront Craft Market offers the opportunity to shop in a less formal atmosphere. Open 9.30am to 6.00pm, 7 days a week.

Banking facilities are available throughout the Waterfront, with four banks and over ten ATM's, and American Express and Rennies Foreign Exchange facilities for International visitors are provided seven days a week.

Shopping directories listing all the shopping destinations as well as leisure attractions, accommodation, restaurants, food outlets and services in the Waterfront, as well as a visitors guide containing a map of the area is available from the Waterfront Visitors Centre or Information Kiosks. Contact Visitor Centre Manager
Visiting Address:
V&A Waterfront Head Office
Portswood Close
Portswood Ridge
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
tel: +27 (0)21 408 7600, +27 (0)21 408 7500
fax: +27 (0)21 408 7605, +27 (0)21 408 7577

Postal Address:
PO Box 50001
Waterfront 8002
Cape Town, South Africa

Visitor Centre Services:

The following list of services is offered at the V & A Waterfront:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Bookings
  • Brochures & leaflets
  • Phone cards & aquarium tickets
  • Gift vouchers
  • Events and promotions information
  • Conference venues
  • Customer suggestions & complaints
  • Lost & found property
  • Memorabilia
  • Western Cape Information

Child Minding Facilities

Breast feeding and nappy changing facilities are available in Victoria Wharf and in the Waterfront Craft Market.

Conference Facilities

The unique setting of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with a variety of excellent venues, both large and small, makes it the ideal location to host successful lectures, seminars, conferences and other functions. The Waterfront is conveniently situated in close proximity to the Cape Town CBD and the main route to the airport.

Bus Services

Ease and convenience of shopping are accentuated by the Waterfront bus service which links transport services with the city centre and the Atlantic Seaboard. The buses are clearly marked vehicles and commute seven days a week along two bus routes between the Waterfront. The city route has a bus departing from outside the Victoria & Alfred Hotel every 20 minutes, and travels as far as Adderley Street in the Cape Town city center. A number of buses operate from there.

The other route departs from Breakwater Boulevard outside Victoria Wharf every 30 minutes and travels as far as the Peninsula Hotel in Sea Point. Passengers may return to the Waterfront by embarking at any of the existing specially marked Waterfront bus stop along either route. The fare to Cape Town is R1,50 and to Sea Point R2,00 per entry onto the bus. (Prices are subject to change without prior notice)

Taxi Services

The Mini Bus Taxi Service operates daily between the Waterfront and City Centre. Metered sedan taxis and taxi ranks are conveniently situated throughout the area. These include ranks adjacent to the Aquarium, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel and outside the both entrances to Victoria Wharf.


Four helicopter companies operate within the Waterfront, and provide a quick and efficient charter service to the winelands, the local and international airport, the peninsula or over the harbour. The Huey Helicopter Company; a fully licensed and certified by the Air Service Licensing Council of South Africa and the South African Civil Aviation Authority is based at the V&A Waterfront Helipad and is a sister company to Sport Helicopters who have been flying passengers around Cape Town and the Western Cape for the last 17 years.
Visiting Address and Contact:
The Huey Helicopter Company
Shop 008C Ground Floor Quay 5
Booking Office: Quay5, V&A Waterfront
TEL +27 (0)21 419 4839 (419 HUEY)
FAX +27 (0)21 419 4044
CELL +27 (0)82 843 4839 (082 THE HUEY)
The Huey Helicopter Company on the web:

Water Transport and V&A Waterfront Marina

Water Taxi’s operate regularly between 9am and 9pm, connecting all sections of the harbour. The Clock Tower precinct is now connected to the Pierhead by a Swing Bridge.

There are several Boat and Yacht Charters operating out of the Waterfront, from several vessels highlighting the many features of the working harbour, to larger ocean-faring yachts and a deep-sea fishing vessel. Cruises are undertaken, weather permitting, and details may be obtained from the Visitor Centre and In the Guide also available at this Centre. The Waterfront Marina can accept all types of cruising yachts for short or long periods.

Part of the vision for the V&A Waterfront was for it to be lived in and V&A Marina Residential is the culmination of 10 years of planning and design to produce one of the worlds foremost Marina developments. In the heart of the Waterfront is the V&A Waterfront Marina, a residential development of prestigious apartments and penthouses - the quintessence of the Waterfront lifestyle will have a quality and standard of finish to rival the world's best. Now regarded as Cape Town's premier residential address, sales have exceeded R2.5 billion.

The V&A Waterfront Marina is being developed in phases and when complete will consist of some 600 dwelling units with over 200 boat moorings. All the units are on the water's edge and a short walk through this secure estate along gently lit landscaped walkways finds you in the heart of the V&A Waterfront.
Visiting Address (or main place of business):
V&A Waterfront Head Office,
Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Postal Address: P O Box 50001, Waterfront, 8002
Registered Address: 3rd Floor, Marina Centre, West Quay Road, Waterfront, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 408 7500, (021) 408 7543
Fax: (021) 408 7505, (021) 408 7525
E-mail: and
V&A Waterfront Marina residential apartments and penthouses:

Car Hire

Car Rental Companies operating within the Waterfront are:
Imperial (021) 419-3897

Parking Areas

Once in the Waterfront, several undercover parking facilities are available. These are as follows at:
Portswood Square - Accessible from Dock Road & Portswood Road (951 parking bays)
Ulundi - Cnr Portswood & Dock Road (212 parking bays)
Victoria Wharf - off Breakwater Boulevard (2660 parking bays)
BMW Pavilion - Granger Bay Boulevard (101 parking bays)
Approximately 1000 open air parking bays are available in front of Victoria Wharf.


The Waterfront is accessible from the following three entrances:
The Coen Steyler entrance/exit gives direct access to and from the city, the N1 & N2 and the airport. Because of the convenience of this access, this is the more popular route to and from the Waterfront.
The Portswood entrance also feeds onto the Coen Steytler Highway to the Northern & Southern Suburbs.
The Beach Road entrance/exit is the most convenient for access to and from Green Point and Sea Point.

V and A Waterfront and Marina on the web:
Two Oceans Aquarium