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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Leg 3 | Race 4 | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | South Africa ZA

27 Oct 2013 - 04 Nov 2013

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

With its wild coastlines and beautiful nature reserves, forests and wilderness, and the iconic Table Mountain landmark, Cape Town will once again offer the perfect backdrop as host of  Race 4 of the world’s longest ocean race.

The city, steeped in history including Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for much of his life; the Castle of Good Hope, built by the early Dutch settlers and expertly restored, and the historic homestead of Constania.

The beautiful surroundings of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, where the fleet will be berthed, along with the historic streets of the city centre and the many outdoor markets, offer visitors a varied and relaxed shopping environment.

The clean white sand and sparkling clear water make Cape Town’s beaches one of the city’s biggest attractions.

For those in search of more of a thrill, there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you occupied. From white water rafting, kayaking, surfing, wind-surfing, kite-boarding, mountain climbing, abseiling and paragliding to mention just a few. Or if practicing your swing is part of your agenda, Cape Town also boasts some of the best Golf Courses you’ll ever tee off from.

South Africa also boasts a rich and varied wildlife population, from seals sunning themselves along the coast to sharks patrolling the waters of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans and inland to the big game in the wildlife reserves.

If you fancy a different pace to your visit, why not take a trip to the seaside town of Hermanus. Situated approximately an hour and a half away from Cape Town, the popular holiday destination is famous for offering the best land based whale watching in the world. 

The best time to spot these gentle mammals is from August to November when Southern Right Whales take full advantage of the warm, shallow waters in order to calf their young and mate.

For those looking for some retail therapy, Cape Town is an affordable shopping destination with a wide variety of goods on offer. From hand-crafted jewellery, intricate beadwork and traditional African art to designer labels, diamonds and precious stones, Cape Town has a shopping experience for everyone.