Secret Cape Town

Photo taken at: Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: This art installation used to light up the #capetown skyline at night. It has been removed now but do you know where it used to be, and better yet what it was called? 📷 @eye_shott – #amazingcapetown #ilovecpt #secretcapetown #guesswhere #guesswherecapetown #capetown #capetownnights #nightphotography #igerscapetown

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This magnificent artwork used to be at the top of Signal Hill,  called the SunStar Beacon of Hope.  It is a 24-meter high art installation, conceptualized and designed by Cape Town artist and founder of the Robben Island Art Company & Trust (RIACT), Christopher Swift.  The SunStar is a symbol of both the Country’s rusty past and bright future. It was also a showcase project for the Cape Town: World Design Capital 2014 celebrations, aimed to inspire the city and community.

The SunStar was created with aluminum poles, recycled ship containers, 4,000 solar-powered LED lights and original prison fencing from Robben Island. The structure was shaped in the form of an eight-point star with a sphere suspended inside, utilizing some parts of the original fence which once kept prisoners locked in on Robben Island. The sphere in the center of the sculpture has a radius of 6.4m.

The light from the SunStar was visible from across Cape Town. Signal Hill was chosen as the debut site for the eight-pointed star because of its impressive views over the city. Today, the SunStar can be found at its permanent home at the iconic Sun City, proudly serving as a reminder of South Africa’s greatest liberation story and a shining symbol of hope for the country’s future.

Secret Cape Town

Photo taken at: Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: Lazy days by the water! #guesswhere in #capetown.
#secretcapetown #guesswherecapetown #seal #seallife

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Cape fur seals belong to the eared seal family and are a subspecies of the Afro-Australian fur seal. These seals are the largest of all the fur seal varieties. They have relatively large heads with a pointed snout and small external ear flaps. The Cape fur seal adult males are dark gray to brown, with a darker mane, coarse hairs, and a light belly. They measures an average of 2.3 meters in length and weigh between 200 and 300 kilograms. Adult females, on the other hand, are light brown to gray with a light throat and darker back and belly. They measure an average of around 1.8 m long and weigh about 80 to 120 kilograms.

Cape fur seals are often referred to as the ‘dogs of the ocean’. They are possibly the most curious and playful mammals you will ever have the joy of interacting with. While it is unusual to get a close-up view of these seals because they prefer offshore islands as their breeding grounds, a colony of Cape fur seals are however a familiar sighting at the V&A Waterfront. These seals are often spotted chilling in the harbour. They have become an integral part of harbour life, entertaining Capetonians and visitors with their playful nature.

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Secret Cape Town Top 5 Kayak Tours

Secret Cape Town

Photo taken at: Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: Sticking with nice bright primary colors. These #dolose protect one of the best kept secret spots in #capetown. It sits right next to one of the most expensive beach bars in Cape Town, but offers cheap drinks at their authentic bar and delicious burger specials. It’s a #saltyseadog kind of hangout.
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The Oceana Power Boat Club is located in Granger Bay, close to the V&A Waterfront. It has provided a valuable service to boaters since it was granted the right to operate in 1974 by the then Minister of Transport. It was developed by a few founding members, headed by the late Tony Fraquet.  The launch facility at the Oceana Power Boat Club caters for motorized and non-motorized watercraft including power boats, jet skis, and surf-skis. The club also caters for a wide variety of pleasure boaters, recreational fisherman, as well as commercial fisherman. In addition, the launch facility provides a vital service to a number of governmental, institutional, law-enforcement and rescue services.

During summer, the Oceana Power Boat Club slipway is used by divers to access the northern sites of the Atlantic seaboard, to reduce the distance traveled on the boat. It also has an extremely active jet-ski membership and an active surf-ski paddling community. The reason why it’s so popular, is because it’s an ideal place for launching jet skis and surf-skis regardless the weather. The launching facility is open to the public, but non-members pay a slipway fee.

While the swimming pool and braai facilities are exclusively for members, the club kitchen which offers lunches and early dinners is open to the public. The Oceana Power Boat Club is a great family orientated club, making it a perfect place to spend the weekend with your family.

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Secret Cape Town

Photo taken at: The Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Photo Caption: There aren’t many bright red buildings in #capetown. Can you #guesswhere this is? Maybe there are clues in the reflection. #secretcapetown #guesswherecapetown.

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Built in 1882, the Victorian Gothic-style Clock Tower is one of Cape Town’s most iconic buildings. It was originally the harbor signal station and the port captain’s office. This three-story historic landmark features a clock which was imported from Edinburgh and is surrounded by pointed Gothic windows. Its bright red walls are the same color as they were in the 1800’s. On the first floor of the clock tower is an old tidal gauge mechanism which was used to check the tide levels. The second floor houses a decorative mirror room which has a full view of the harbor. The top floor of the clock tower is home to the original clock mechanism.

In 1978, the Clock Tower was declared a national monument. Its restoration was completed towards the end of 1997. Today, it serves as an important focal point in the V&A Waterfront’s recent urban design and has become a major tourism and leisure hub. It is surrounded by a large retail center where you can find exceptional shops, a number of restaurants, art galleries, museum and many other interesting tourist sights. You can also catch the boat to Robben Island close by. The Clock Tower is indeed an interesting section of the V&A Waterfront. Bring your camera and take a photo with the iconic red clock tower.

Clock Tower Cape Town

Secret Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo taken at: Cape Town, Western Cape

Photo Caption: Our first post features one of our favorite places in #capetown. We love to go visit it at lunch, get close to the founding fathers of modern South Africa and enjoy some amazing local musicians with them. Can you #guesswhere.

Let us know your guesses in the comments.

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The Nobel Square at the V&A Waterfront is among the most popular Cape Town tourist attractions. It pays tribute to South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk. The four bronze statues stand a few feet away from each other in a semicircle, overlooking the Square with their backs to the sea and Robben Island. The statues were designed and created by South African artist Claudette Schreuders. At the feet of the statues are engraved notable quotes of the laureates.

The Nobel Square serves as a reminder to all visitors of the hard-won battle for democracy and freedom in South Africa. These four men collectively brought down a faulty and inhumane system of government in a peaceful manner. Nelson Mandela was the country’s first black head of state, who focused on dismantling the legacy of Apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and fostering racial reconciliation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1993.

F.W. de Klerk worked together with Nelson Mandela to re-write the South African Constitution. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, together with Nelson Mandela. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is known for his work as an anti-Apartheid and human rights activist. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Albert John Lutuli was the first African, and the first person from outside Europe and America, to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded it in 1960 for his role in the non-violent struggle against Apartheid.

The fifth statue in the Nobel Square was created by Noria Mabasa. The Peace and Democracy statue acknowledges the contribution of women and children to the attainment of peace in South Africa. A walk around the V&A Waterfront isn’t complete without a visit to the Nobel Square.

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