The Cape Wheel: A Family Adventure at the V&A Waterfront

Cape Wheel Lead

Spectacular 360-degree views from this giant roundabout.

The Cape Wheel’s fantastic location on the edge of the ocean at the V&A Waterfront offers panoramic views of Cape Town’s landmarks: the mountains, Granger Bay, Robben Island and the bustling harbour. At its highest point, it yields 40-metre-high vistas, joining cities around the world that have giant observation wheels.

Each ride lasts around 20 minutes and includes four revolutions, so if you missed Robben Island on the first round, catch it on the next go! There are 30 fully enclosed cabins with comfortable seating, glass floors, air conditioning and LED lighting. Two are wheelchair accessible.

Survey the world from up high, watch the container ships, cruise boats and yachts coming and going, spot dolphins, seals and the odd whale… At sunset, see the spectacular African skies changing colour. A nighttime ride is especially magical, surrounded by the glittering lights of the Waterfront and city.

Special options

Cape Wheel Specials

The black gondola is the VIP cabin, with tinted windows, leather seating, air conditioning, music and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine (or non-alcoholic option). It seats four adults, and should be booked in advance.

Sky Dining “picnics in the sky” are also available, with a table added to your cabin. Collect a basket at the ticket office, fill it with your favourite nibbles, and enjoy a ride of double the usual time (eight revolutions) while you snack and enjoy the views.

Cape Wheel Views

Your ID book (to prove it’s your birthday) is all you need to qualify for a 50% discount when you purchase your ticket (excludes VIP and Sky Dining). Alternately, you can sign up ahead of time to qualify for a free ride in the month of your birthday.

Times Daily, 10am – 10pm (summer, September – April)
Winter: Weekdays, 11am – 9pm; Friday + Saturday, 10am – 10pm; Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Cost: Adult: R175 (SA citizen); R250 (international visitor)
Child: R95 (4 – 17 years) + pensioner
Sky Dining: R320 (adult), R150 (child)
VIP ride: R2 875 (for 4 people)
School groups: R50 (per child), R95 (per teacher)
Contact 087 470 0696,
Where to find it The Lawns, Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town


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Time of publication: 20 November 2023