What you'll do
Discover the ruins of one of Cape Town's best kept secrets. The tour takes place inside a museum that showcases the ruins of an archaeological fort that had previously been buried for 140 years before being rediscovered. We'll time travel below sea level on the original shoreline to the 18th century, where you will discover the battle for the high seas and what life was like for the soldiers, sailors, and explorers. Your guide will bring part of Cape Town's early history to life while dressed in a time period costume. All the guides are well trained and experts in the content of the tour, the name of the guide will be communicated to you once you book the tour. You will have a chance to look at fabulous artifacts, an old water well that rises with the tide of the ocean, the rib cage of a baby whale and the opportunity to hold an original muzzle loading cannon ball and get your picture taken. By the end of the tour you will understand the importance Cape Town played in shaping the history of the world and the importance of the Chavonnes Battery, a previously forgotten part of Cape Town's history.
I am from a Cape Town born and raised storyteller. I have been conducting the most interactive tours since 2013 and have constantly received five-star reviews. I—together with my colleagues—am passionate about sharing the history, stories, and anecdotes of Cape Town, which gives visitors a unique insight into our culture and traditions. I am a qualified tourist guide with a degree in tourism management. I have worked in various fields in the tourism industry and have travelled to Asia and Europe. I use my expert knowledge of the industry and combine it with my local culture and personality to excite and wow visitors from all over the world. I can hold a wide variety of conversation topics from sport, nature, history, culture and much more. You will always find me with a smile and a sense of humor!
Drinks Tea and coffee will be provided at the end of the experience while you do a review.
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Where you'll be
Located opposite the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, the Chavonnes Battery is at the Clock Tower Precinct of the V&A Waterfront. The museum has wheel chair accessibility. Highlights inside the museum include: the magic carpet display, the water well, the battle of the high seas, the ships timeline, the rocket life saving apparatus, the cannon display section as well as the stories and anecdotes of early Cape Town.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.
Bring your curiosity and a camera. I will be dressed in period costume and you are welcome to wear an 18th-century tricorne hat to get in the mood and to take photos of yourself with the cannons.
Relive the stories of early Cape Town