The Waterfront and Two Oceans Aquarium
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is situated between Robben Island and Table Mountain in the heart of Cape Town’s magnificent harbour. Set against a backdrop of stunning sea and mountain views, it has become South Africa’s most visited destination.
With more than 400 shops and 80 eateries there is something here for everyone! Whatever you are looking for, the V&A Waterfront has it! What is more, it boasts extended shopping hours making it an extremely popular mall especially for the ladies. The restaurants here are some of the finest restaurants in South Africa where all types of cuisine can be enjoyed and at Cinema Nouveau numerous art films can be viewed.
For an unforgettable experience head over to the Two Oceans Aquarium. This aquarium is the largest aquarium in South Africa, housing over 300 marine species in impressive displays. It is a spectacular experience! As you enter, you enter a new world. Long paths lead to all variations of marine species in colourful and informative displays. Some of the scariest species can be viewed up close without them being able to harm you. Admire the playfulness of the seals as they swim in and out of the water. The glass display also shows the underwater playground of the seal area in order to reveal what they get up to under the water.
There are hundreds of exhibits that will keep you occupied for hours! A favourite with many is the kelp forest exhibit. Another favourite is the shark exhibit where you are able to view these fearsome creatures up close and you are able to enter an underwater tunnel to see them even more closely.
This exhibit is very informative and will change your perspective on sharks. The exhibit provides interesting facts aimed at changing negative perceptions ie. More people die from a toaster than from a shark. That is rather an eye-opening fact! Every exhibit in this spectacular aquarium is truly magnificent and well worth a visit.
The Aquarium presents South Africa’s rich ocean and aquatic life in six galleries:
- Oceans of Contrast – Indian Ocean Gallery
- Oceans of Contrast – Atlantic Ocean Gallery
- Holcim Activity Centre and Cape Fur Seal Exhibit
- Sappi River Meander Exhibit – The Story of a River
- Kelp Forest Exhibit – An Enchanted Forest
- I&J Predator Exhibit – A Feast of Ocean Predators
Two Oceans Aquarium Telephone: + 27-21-418-3823.