Photo Caption: Fiery skies over the V&A Waterfront.
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Perfectly placed at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, is a giant observation wheel which takes you up to 40 meters above the ground. The Big Wheel, also known as the Cape Wheel, has become an iconic part of the Waterfront. It offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Cape Town and the surrounding area.
Sights of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Bo-Kaap, Robben Island, Cape Town Stadium, the Cape Town city skyline, and Paarl Mountains in the distance can be enjoyed when you ride the Big Wheel.
The wheel was designed by Ronald Bussink of Switzerland. The V&A Waterfront’s Big Wheel offers 30 fully enclosed air-conditioned cabins which provide maximum safety and comfort during the 12 to 15 minute ride, with four rotations. The wheel also offers two wheelchair-friendly cabins. Each cabin can hold up to eight people and each trip can accommodate up to 288 people. That means about 15 000 riders enjoy the scenic experience everyday!
It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 9 pm. Adult tickets cost R150. Children aged 4 to 17, as well as pensioners, pay R75. And children younger than 4 ride for free. You can also try the four-person VIP Carriage for R1500 which requires advance booking. The VIP cabin is the black gondola with tinted windows, leather seats, a glass floor, music and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. At night, the Big Wheel lights up with 2 million LED lights, consuming only two kilowatts of energy per hour.
Discover the best sights of Cape Town from the sky by going for a ride on the V&A Waterfront’s Big Wheel. For more information visit capewheel.co.za