Shhhhhhh Cape Town's best kept secret
Chavonnes Battery: Watchdog of Table Bay...
Built in 1724, the first in a range of coastal defences to deter sea-borne aggressors and named after the Governor, its stable firing platform with 16 large cannons enabled gunners to bring accurate fire to bear on hostile ships from its perch as watchdog of the bay.
The Chavonnes Battery was partially demolished in 1860 its stone reused for the Alfred Basin and the Clock Tower was built as its new sentinel. In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was re-discovered, excavated and conserved in a spectacular example of architectural ingenuity.
This Visitor Attraction about the early history of Cape Town showcases a unique Cultural Tourism journey commencing from the original shoreline which has been buried for 140 years where the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery rest. The only place you can touch the sand of the original Cape Town shoreline.
The Chavonnes Battery includes a heritage Site / Museum where you step below sea-level and time travel to Cape Town in the 17th & 18th Centuries and International Contemporary African Art Exhibitions (In partnership with Zeitz MOCAA). Enjoy a guided tour of the museum or the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour past 33 of the historical relics on the property and the museum is an exquisite venue for exclusive events and conferences.
Chavonnes Battery provides work experience for unemployed youth, interns and graduates in Tourism Management and Event Management with the aim of facilitating their placement in the industry. We are social entrepreneurs, all our profit is invested in youth development.
On your own or in a group, you are welcome!
Visit this spectacular site and know your spend is going for a good cause.
Nedbank Building (Opposite Nelson Mandela gateway to Robben Island)
Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront,
Cape Town, South Africa
Open 7 days a week 9am to 4pm
Tel: +27 21 416 6230