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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.


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Viewpoint
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
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Viewpoint

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town City Bowl

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

1604 Cartwright's Corner
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
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1604 Cartwright's Corner

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

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

Manhattan Lofts
Sleeps 6 in 2 units
From R 895
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Manhattan Lofts

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

Cape Town

Manhattan Lofts: 2 self catering apartments set in the mother city. Both offer stunning views of the city. The Manhattan Penthouse - with open air Jacuzzi - sleeps 4. The Manhattan Luxury Studio - Ultimate Honeymooner's Delight - sleeps 2.

Beach Villa
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 1000
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Beach Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mouille Point

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

40 Winks Guest House
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Sleeps 28 in 12 units
From R 1380
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 1 adults max
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40 Winks Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Green Point

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

Six on Scott
Sleeps 11 in 5 units
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Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Six on Scott

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Gardens (Cape Town)

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

Silver Lattice Guest House
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 3 units
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Silver Lattice Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens (Cape Town)

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

5 Camp Street
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5 Camp Street

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gardens (Cape Town)

Cape Town

5 Camp Street provides self catering accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Ideally situated in the central, trendy and historic suburb of Gardens, on the lower slopes of Table Mountain. Within easy walking distance of Kloof Street, with its vibey

Liberty Lodge
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Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 2 adults max
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Liberty Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tamboerskloof

Cape Town

Liberty Lodge provides guests with bed and breakfast accommodation in Tamboerskloof, Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Over the years, this classic Cape Town bed & breakfast has earned an enviable reputation for relaxed and genuine hospitality. Originally a V

Green Point Self Catering Studio
Sleeps 6 in 2 units
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Green Point Self Catering Studio

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Green Point

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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