The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is not far from the Cape Town city centre. If you haven't got your own transport catch a free bus ride from the station, or take a sedan taxi. It's a stretch on foot so don't attempt to walk the distance unless you are up to it - especially on a hot day.
If you are driving yourself, you'll find plenty of secure parking at the Waterfront, much of it under cover. Simply follow the signs.
The Port of Cape Town dates back to 1860 when it was known as the Albert Basin. Since then, continual excavation and developmen has taken place in order to keep pace with the city's expansion and economic progress.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront was a project that originated in 1988 when the landowner Transnet formed a subsidiary company called Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Limited. The plan was to make the harbour area more accessible to the public. The project became a highly successful business venture.
The modern Waterfront Cape Town with its upmarket appeal of shops and residential developments, combined with the appeal of the working Cape Town harbour and its historic buildings, has developed since then, into the top tourist destination in South Africa, attracting over 20 million visitors per annum.
The Waterfront provides facilities catering to all needs and tastes. There are several hotels, shops, restaurants, cinemas and a world renowned Aquarium. The shops are divided between several locations and include specific areas set aside for crafts, art and small business development. They are generally open until 9pm daily.
There are also activities such as helicopter and sea charters available at the Waterfront Cape Town.