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Port of Cape Town

Panorama of Cape Town with harbour in the foreground

Port of Cape Town

Situated in Table Bay, the Port of Cape Town is the one of the busiest ports in South Africa, second only to Durban as a container port. It is positioned along one of the world’s busiest trade routes and handles the largest amount of fresh fruit.

The history of the port traces its roots back to 6 April 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) established a revictualing station there. Earlier explorers had called it Table Bay from the late 15th century onwards.

The first harbour construction in 1654, when a jetty was built by van Riebeeck – the ships all anchored in the bay, and goods were transferred to and from the shore by smaller vessels. If you have ever visited Table Bay, you will know that it is notorious for violent winter storms, when the wind blows on to a lee shore.

Massive shipping losses were sustained by the Dutch Vereenigde OstIndische Companje, to the extent that eventually Table Bay was closed during the winter months, and ships were ordered to use Simon's Bay in winter.

A vicious storm in 1858, long after the demise of the VOC, saw 30 ships blown ashore and wrecked, with huge loss of life. Lloyd's of London declined all further insurance on ships in Table Bay in winter, resulting in the British Colonial Government starting the construction, in 1860, of the first breakwater. This developed into the Victoria and Alfred Basin, the first safe harbour. There has been extensive expansion since then.

Because of the many tourist attractions offered by Cape Town and its surrounding region, many cruise ships also berth in the port.

Nearby Listings

Viewpoint

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town City Bowl

1.6km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

Viewpoint apartment offers self catering accommodation in De Waterkant, Cape Town City Bowl. The first impression of this double volume 2 bedroom penthouse apartment is of opulence, combine this with a view of trendy De Waterkant's trade district and you

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Sleeps: 6
From R 2 250,00
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The Granger

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Green Point

2.1km West of center of Port of Cape Town

The Granger provides self catering accommodation in the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, Cape Town City Bowl. Located in the private marina at Granger Bay, these luxury suites offer 2 double bedrooms all en-suite plus 3rd guest bathroom, Open plan loun

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1604 Cartwright's Corner

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

2.2km South of center of Port of Cape Town

1604 Cartwright's Corner apartment offers self catering accommodation in the Cape Town City Bowl. This luxury 16th floor, 2 bedroom (1 king-size bed each), 2 bathroom Manhattan style apartment in the city centre provides stunning, panoramic views of Table

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Beach Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mouille Point

2.6km West of center of Port of Cape Town

Beach Villa apartment provides self catering accommodation in Mouille Point, Cape Town City Bowl. Beach Villa, is a spacious two bedroomed self catering apartment with stunning sea and mountain views and within walking distance to the Mouille Point beach

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Sleeps: 28 in 12 units/rooms
From R 1 620,00
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40 Winks Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Green Point

2.9km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

40 Winks Guesthouse provides accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Green Point in the Cape Town City Bowl. 40 Winks is a guesthouse built on old-fashioned ideals, modern age comforts where we believe in quality service, affordable luxury accommoda

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Sleeps: 11 in 5 units/rooms
From R 680,00
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Six on Scott

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town

3.1km South of center of Port of Cape Town

Six on Scott provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Centrally located in the heart of cosmopolitan Gardens / Cape Town, you will find Six on Scott, a beautiful, heritage listed Victorian guesthouse. With lots of characte

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Silver Lattice Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town

3.2km South of center of Port of Cape Town

Silver Lattice Guest House offers self catering apartment accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Silver Lattice is a true 'home from home' with charming self catering apartments, centrally situated in the historical heart of Cape Town, close to th

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Sleeps: 6 in 2 units/rooms

Green Point Self Catering Studio

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Green Point

3.4km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

Green Point Self Catering Studio provides visitors with self catering accommodation in Green Point, Cape Town City Bowl. We offer 3 self catering studios. Green Point Self Catering Studio 1 (sleeps max two) is a tastefully renovated self-catering studio a

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15 on Upper Orange

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Oranjezicht

3.5km South of center of Port of Cape Town

15 on Upper Orange provides self catering apartment accommodation in Gardens, in the Cape Town City Bowl. Offering an outdoor pool and views of the sea, the luxury self catering units of 15 Upper Orange Road in Gardens, Cape Town provide the perfect base

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Sleeps: 14 in 7 units/rooms
From R 1 560,00
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The Walden House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tamboerskloof

3.5km South of center of Port of Cape Town

The Walden House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Tamboerskloof in the Cape Town City Bowl area. Situated against Cape Town's most famous backdrop, Table Mountain, lies The Walden House built in 1900. This old style Victorian home offers a home

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