The Top 6 Cape Town Tourism Attractions: Robben Island, Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, and Groot Constantia have put measures in place in order that business continues as usual or with minimal interruption for tourists when we experience #Loadshedding.
Robben Island Museum
Robben Island does not rely on Eskom or the City of Cape Town for its power, so load shedding is not an issue at all. The ticket office for the Robben Island Museum at the Clock Tower Precinct in the V&A Waterfront has a ticket scanning system that can function offline, so load shedding is not impacting this wonderful attraction.
The V&A Waterfront
Trading at the main attractions of the V&A Waterfront remains unaffected by the load-shedding.
All shops and restaurants in the V&A Waterfront remain open during load shedding. It is business as usual at the stores.
As part of its ongoing commitment to energy efficiency, the V&A Waterfront has started the installation of more than 7 500 m² of solar panels. These photovoltaic panels will be installed on eight key buildings on the 123-hectare property, including the Watershed, the Two Oceans Aquarium and Ports Edge.
Fortunately, electricity is not required for wine tastings or pairings. The bottom cellar and Cloete Cellar are open as normal, as is the museum at the Manor House. Both Simon ’s and Jonkershuis restaurants have gas for cooking and remain open during load shedding.
The views do not change when the power is out, but hopefully, you will find extra power in your legs to climb the stairs to the lighthouse as the Funicular tram to the top does not run during power outages. The curio shops, Two Oceans Restaurant and food shops remain open for trade, however, their services are limited during load-shedding.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
This beautiful garden is happy with sunlight from nature and does not need Eskom to shine. The gift shop remains open as do the tea room and restaurant. The Galileo open-air movies and Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts proceed as normal.
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
The Cableway is open during load shedding as they have a backup hydraulic drive for the cars and generators for electricity.
There might be a slight delay in operations as it takes a little while to switch systems. The cable cars also travel half full when in back up mode so queues might be a little longer than usual. More info here.
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There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.