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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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Beach Villa
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Beach Villa

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town

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0 Km from 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

40 Winks Guest House
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40 Winks Guest House

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Cape Town

0 Km from 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

Green Point Self Catering Studio
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Green Point Self Catering Studio

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town

Cape Town

0 Km from 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

Mount Sierra
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Mount Sierra

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town

Cape Town

0 Km from Port of Cape Town

Mount Sierra apartments offers self catering accommodation in Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Located in the heart of Cape Town it will delight you with its numerous award-winning restaurants, galleries, shops and tourist sites. While staying at Mount Sierr

5 Camp Street
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5 Camp Street

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Cape Town

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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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Liberty Lodge

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Cape Town

0 Km from Port of 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

Koornhoop Manor House
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Koornhoop Manor House

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Cape Town

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Koornhoop Manor House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Observatory in the Cape Town City Bowl. We're an owner-run guest house in the leafy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town - below the towering Devil's Peak as it runs down to the Liesbeek River.

Hastings Hall
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Hastings Hall

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Cape Town

Cape Town

0 Km from Port of Cape Town

Hastings Hall provides self catering apartment accommodation in Tamboerskloof, Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl. Surround yourself with the beauty of Table Mountain and Lion's Head, and put yourself in the perfect position to get to see everything that the Mo

Viewpoint
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Viewpoint

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7A Clifton Steps

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0km from Cape Town, Atlantic Seaboard

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