Mod and trendy, and sporting all the entertainments holiday-folk could wish for, Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is a wonderful re-emergence and “upvamp” of what was once just a small jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in 1654 during his creation of a refreshment station at the Cape.

What’s now the home of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and the Breakwater Lodge, was once a prison housing the convicts who constructed the breakwater

Pull on your walking shoes and go tramping about the V&A Waterfront on a 45-minute guided tour to learn about area’s rich cultural and historic significance. Interest points include Robinson Dock, the SAS Somerset, the Pump House, Portswood Ridge, Time Ball Tower, Union Castle Building, Victoria Basin, and Breakwater Prison.

All these stops are bursting with history. The Breakwater Prison, for example, was built in 1860 to accommodate the convicts working on the breakwater. The building now houses the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business and the Breakwater Lodge.

The V&A Waterfront walking tour departs daily at 11h00 from the Chavonnes Battery Museum at the Clock Tower Precinct.

A minimum of four and a maximum of 10 people are included per tour. Tickets are R50 for adults, R20 for children between the ages of 10 and 18, and R10 per pupil who forms part of a school group. Children under the age of 10 can join the tour free. Book in adavance at the V&A Waterfront Information Centre or at the in-mall Kiosk.

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