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Table Bay

Cape Town and Table Bay

Table Bay

Although the Cape was first explored by Bartolomeu Dias in the late 1400's it was on in 1652 that Cape Town was founded by the Dutch explorer, Jan Van Riebeek. And during this period the natural bay on the west coast of South Africa, just north of the Cape Peninsula, was named Table Bay. The bay was named after one of the country's most well know landmarks, Table Mountain.

Table Bay was one of the few places along the west coast that could harbour ships, but during the 17th and 18th many of the ships that were anchored in the bay were driven ashore by storms. The bay offers, little if any protection from the gale force winds which batter the coastline from both the South East and the North West. The Dutch however continued to use the bay as the other options were not viable at the time. Saldanha Bay which was much further up the West Coast was a good option but had no fresh water, and closer to Table Bay the other two options, Simon's Bay and Houtbaai were harder to access at the time and only slightly more protected than Table Bay itself. In 1858 a serious storm blew 30 ships ashore, completely wrecking them and killing many sailors. It reached a point where the British company, Lloyd's of London, refused to insure any ships in Table Bay during the winter months. It was this move that almost forced the British Colonial Government to start construction of the first breakwater in 1860. This over the years became the Victoria and Alfred Basin, Table Bay's first safe harbour. Today the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront preserves parts of the harbours history.

Table Bay also has a very important feature, especially to South African History. Robben Island can be found in the waters of Table Bay, the island where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades. The Island is visible from shore or can be visited using the Robben Island Museum Tour.

Nearby Listings

Sleeps: 6
From R 2 250,00
Per unit, per night.

The Granger

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in V & A Waterfront

5.0km South of center of Table Bay

2 double bedrooms all en-suite plus 3rd guest bathroom. Open plan lounge, dining room, fully fitted kitchen. Fully serviced (housekeeping). Wheelchair friendly. Self catering facilities. 2 LED TV's with full DSTV. 3 split level air-cons...

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Sleeps: 4

Beach Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mouille Point

5.2km South of center of Table Bay

Beach Villa , is a spacious two bed roomed apartment with stunning sea and mountain views and within walking distance to the beach and famous Waterfront. Stunning sea views, evening sunsets and leisurely walks along the beach promenade...

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E59 Dolphin Beach

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Table View

5.5km North East of center of Table Bay

Situated on the beautiful kite surfers beach of Tableview this upmarket newly refurbished apartment offers spectacular uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and Robin Island, with no road in front of the apartment - only well maintained gardens and the oc

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Sleeps: 4
From R 730,00
Per unit, per night.

Witsand 103

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergstrand

5.5km North East of center of Table Bay

This spacious two-bedroom apartment accommodates four persons and is situated on the first floor of a nine-floor apartment block with easy access by elevator or stairs. It offers un-obstructed and superb views of Table Bay, Table Mountain and ...

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Sleeps: 16 in 4 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Sea Breeze

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergrant

5.5km North East of center of Table Bay

Sleeping accommodation for up to 4 adults and 2 children (one queen size bed in the main bedroom, two single beds in the second bedroom and a double sleeper couch in the lounge, all with bedding). A kitchen with all the equipment you'll need ...

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Sleeps: 5 in 3 units/rooms

Aandvari Zeezicht

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergrant

5.6km North East of center of Table Bay

Introducing Aandvari Zeezicht - an elegant, two bedroomed apartment, right on the beachfront in the heart of Cape Town's beautiful Blouberg.

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Sleeps: 2

Aandvari Ocean View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergrant

5.6km North East of center of Table Bay

Located on Blouberg's beautiful beachfront is Aandvari Ocean View, a modern and luxurious sea-facing studio apartment, perfectly suited to honeymoon accommodation, special getaways, up market business accommodation or for a fun seaside holiday...

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Blouberg 1003

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergrant

5.6km North East of center of Table Bay

This stylish apartment is situated on the tenth floor with a corner balcony and fantastic uninterrupted views. Gaze over the Mother City, Cape Town, Table Mountain, across the ocean and Robben Island, around to a park and Tygerburg Hills...

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Sleeps: 5 in 3 units/rooms

Aandvari Sunset Court

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Bloubergrant

5.7km North East of center of Table Bay

Nestling merely a stroll away from the beachfront in Cape Town's beautiful Blouberg is Aandvari, a hidden gem. This elegantly furnished and tastefully decorated penthouse apartment enjoys magnificent views of Table Mountain and the sea.

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Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Dolphin Inn Blouberg

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Bloubergstrand

5.7km North East of center of Table Bay

This family run guesthouse, established in 1995, offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the popular Blouberg area. Relax in one of the 8 individually furnished guest rooms or soak up the sun at the sheltered pool area....

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