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V&A Waterfront

Arnab Sarkar
When we started our journey from V & A Hotel, the weather was clear. But the moment we reached Sea Point, we encountered a completely different picture. The entire area is covered with dense fog and keep the sea aside; we cant' even see clearly the jogging arena which is not even 100 mtr away!!! We all felt sad thinking that today might be a bad day. But soon we reached to the Clifton Beach and observed that the fog is slowly on its way of vanishing.:) and while vanishing it created a beautiful hide and seek reflection of the Table Mountain which generally not so much observed. We could see table cloth covering the mountain in a moment and the next moment someone was blowing it out. It Looked like one beautiful young lady is coming out of water after bath and spreading her white gown on the table mountain to dry. The ocean is trying to kiss her again and again...Tabe briefed us about the tour plan for the day- we would be travelling via the Atlantic Seaboard. Well, it didn't mean that we would be travelling via a boat for the entire day. Basically the adjacent coastal plains of the Atlantic Ocean is known as Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Peninsula. So we would be travelling most of the time via the route very next to the Sea Shore.Tabe was also telling us about the history of South Africa. We came to know that during the Apartheid Period, Blacks were not allowed to enter the Sea Point region after 6pm. Only 4 provinces were regarded as Republic of South Africa and people from other parts had to get special pass to enter in these areas. We also came know the reason behind using ".za" or "ZA" in "ZAR". Republic of South Africa should have become as symbol "RSA", but it had already been taken by Russia. Then "sa" had been taken by "Saudi Arabia" and hence it is "ZA" as in German, "Za" is "Sa".While discussing all these and enjoying the beautiful scenic drive we reached Hout Bay. Tabe told us that Hout Bay wanted earlier to be a separate country; they even started passport system under the name of Republic of Hout Bay. One person from this region even entered in Egypt with that passport !!! However Govt of South Africa was able to manage it to stay together finally. Hout Bay is mainly famous for its fishing. So anyone can get seafood cheap over here. :) We were able to see the houses near the beach is mostly covered by White sand; partially due to the Cape Doctor. Cape Doctor- the famous South Easterly wind which flows till End of March starting from September. This wind takes out all the pollutions, sand, dusts, insects from the city of Cape Town and throws them to the Ocean.
Rohan Sood
5 PM - V&A WaterfrontThe Victoria and Alfred Waterfront is one of Africa's most visited destinations and attracts 24 million people every year. Its setting, in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere, is simply spectacular: it has Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop as well as extensive views of the ocean, city bowl and the mountain peaks of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains. Its many heritage sites and tourism landmarks make it both exceptional and unique, as does the recently opened Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), which hosts the world's largest collection of contemporary art from Africa.
The next day in Cape Town was overcast and cold but we still got onto the hop-on-hop-off and took the routes we had not covered the day before. When the day cleared later that evening we took a boat cruise at V&A Waterfront. Also visited The Watershed for some local crafts/souvenir shopping. Ate at this Ethiopian restaurant called Addis in Cape. And their coffee was just wow! But we couldn't take a cable car to Table Mountain as planned.
Rajat Chakraborty
The V&A Waterfront (Victoria and Alfred Waterfront) has a rich history of more than five centuries and is one of the most visited locations in Cape Town. It overlooks the Robben Islands to the west where the Nobel Laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela spent more than 18 years of his imprisoned life as a political prisoner for his anti-apartheid revolution. Named after Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria who laid the foundation stone of first harbor in Cape Town, the harbor is a historic blend of the erstwhile Dutch, African and British culture evolved over centuries.Exploring the V&A Waterfront