By Liezel van der Westhuizen
Have you ever noticed the canal that runs through the V&A Waterfront all the way to the CTICC? The canal is known as the Roggebaai Canal and there are a variety of fun activities happening on this stretch of water.
Why not cruise the calm waters by hopping onto the City Sightseeing canal cruise to experience the V & A Waterfront from a completely different angle and enjoy breathtaking views of Cape Town? The cruise includes a trip through the V&A Waterfront’s beautiful canal and stops at the One & Only, the City Lodge and the Harbour Bridge before arriving at the Westin and Cape Town International Convention Centre . This is a Hop On-Hop Off cruise, so you might decide to spend some time at any of the stops along the way and rejoin via a later boat, or use the bus and boat combination to connect Stop 1, Two Oceans Aquarium and Stop 3, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in either direction. Either way, don’t miss out on this unique Cape Town experience. (For more information, visit www.citysightseeing.co.za/canal-cruise.)
You might be worried about how clean the canal is. Well it’s flushed twice a day with the tides, which means you could also enjoy an open water swim with the team from Atlantic Tri Club who do regular swim sessions on the canals. This is ideal if you are not used to open water swimming and it’s also a great opportunity to meet new people. For more information on how to join in on these swims, check out www.atlantictriclub.co.za.
A new attraction to the V&A Waterfront canals is SUP Cape Town. SUP’ing, more commonly known as stand up paddle boarding, is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. It’s now one of the most explosive water sport crazes the world around and another great offering at the Canals. This is a fun activity for the whole family to try and the ClubHouse is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Also to wet your appetite and give you a taste of what this sport is all about, why not join the first event of 2013 for SUP Cape Town happening on Saturday (January 12) from 10am. It’s a fun day for the entire family where you can learn to paddle, and meet some of SA’s top paddle boarders. Their website is www.supcapetown.co.za.