The history of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront dates back to 1860, when Prince Alfred, Queen Victoria’s second son, tipped the first rock for construction on Cape Town‘s original breakwater. The original Alfred basin could not handle the increased shipping volumes brought by the advent of steam, and subsequently a larger basin, the Victoria Basin, was built. In 1988 the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Company was given the mandate to develop the historic harbour basins to combine tourism and commerce, with the continuing operation of the working harbour.
Today, the Waterfront provides a variety of entertainment including waterfront walks, tours, boat trips and harbour cruises, helicopter flips, seaplane rides, a working brewery and numerous shops and restaurants. There are also eleven cinemas including an Imax and the Two Oceans Aquarium, Africa’s largest aquarium.