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

Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 800,00
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312 Harbour Bridge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town City Bowl

1.0km South of center of Port of Cape Town

321 Harbour Bridge a self catering apartment, 1 bedroom Cape Town apartment is located on the 3rd floor of a modern apartment development on the perimeter of Table Bay Harbour in Foreshore. Open plan living area; air conditioning; ensuite bathroom...

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Viewpoint

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town City Bowl

1.6km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

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 have a perfect balance of luxury and urban living...

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Sleeps: 6
From R 2 250,00
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The Granger

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in V & A Waterfront

2.1km West of center of Port of Cape Town

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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1604 Cartwright's Corner

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town CBD

2.2km South of center of Port of Cape Town

Fully furnished, including DStv and broadband connection. Serviced once a week. Secure parking, swimming pool, and gym in building. Suited for business travellers and holiday makers alike. Available for holiday rental/short term let. Luxury 16th ...

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Green Point Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Green Point

2.2km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

This fully equipped studio is in a quiet position, but close to all amenities. The studio has a fully equipped kitchen, TV and hi-fi. Besides the King size bed it also has a double Sleeper couch. Towels and linen are supplied.

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Sleeps: 4

Beach Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Mouille Point

2.5km West of center of Port of Cape Town

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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40 Winks Guest House Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Green Point

2.9km South West of center of Port of Cape Town

Cater for yourself in the luxury 40 Winks 2 bedroom self catering Apartment in Cape Town's internationally acclaimed Atlantic Seaboard. 40 Winks Self-Catering Apartment is within walking distance of V&A Waterfront and Cape Town CBD.

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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, four star graded guesthouse built on old-fashioned ideals, modern age comforts where we believe in quality service, affordable luxury accommodation and delicious breakfast buffet.

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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 Guesthouse.Centrally located in the heart of cosmopolitan Gardens/ Cape Town. The five individually designed guestrooms together with comfortable beds and their own special flair, offer all visitors a good nights sleep.

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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 is a true 'home from home' with charming self catering apartments, centrally situated in the historical heart of Cape Town, close to the famous "Company Gardens".

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