- Cabo bon Esperance...
The shoreline stretched along a broad sandy beach to a rocky outcrop on the western flank where the Chavonnes Battery stood watchdog of the bay...
- Watchdog of the Bay...
Built in 1724, the first in a range of VOC coastal defences to deter sea-borne aggressors.
- The bay gets a new watchdog...
In 1860 the rock and stone of the Chavonnes Battery built the Alfred Basin, it was ripped apart, flooded, buried and forgotten,... or so they thought!
- Buried treasure
Visitors are invited to don an 18th Century tricorn hat and step below sea-level for fascinating perspectives of the 17th to 19th Century Cape Town.
- Unique setting for memorable events...
This exclusive location has hosted the prestigious Da Vinci The Genius travelling exhibition, cocktail parties, themed events, book and product launches, corporate and government workshops and seminars.
- Cultural Tourism
Through Storytelling of the early history of Cape Town, nurturing entrepreneurs, youth development and sustainable job creation.
- Storytelling for groups of all ages
Join our guides for an informative, fun and educational experience.
Our guides dressed in period costume share stories of the people and events that led to the birth of Cape Town in the museum and The V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour includes points of interest and fascinating historical relics, such as the rocket lifesaving apparatus, the first power station, the last boom defence vessel and the torture Treadmill, still to be seen, if you let us show you.» Join a Tour
With split levels and outdoor flow, Table Mountain and the V&A your backdrop, this exclusive location has hosted the prestigious Da Vinci The Genius travelling exhibition, cocktail parties, themed events, book and product launches, corporate and government workshops and seminars.» Book a site visit
Attracting the curious,
(Local and International visitors),
Engaging the imagination,
(Early History of Cape Town 1600-1900),
Igniting the narrative,
(The stories of the people and events),
Fostering a new generation of storytellers,
(entrepreneurs, youth development and job creation).
Chavonnes Battery: Watchdog of Table Bay...This early Cape Town Historical Visitor Attraction showcases a unique Cultural Tourism journey commencing from the original shoreline which has been buried for 140 years where the ruins of the Chavonnes Battery rest. Built in 1724, the first in a range of VOC coastal defences to deter sea-borne aggressors and named after the Governor, its stable firing platform with 16 large cannons enabled gunners to bring accurate fire to bear on hostile ships from its perch as watchdog of the bay. Partially demolished and buried in 1860, its stone was reused for the Alfred Basin adjacent to the Clock Tower, its new sentinel in SA's oldest working harbour. In 1999, the Chavonnes Battery was re-discovered, excavated and conserved in architectural ingenuity.
Chavonnes Battery offers the perfect location to experience the story of the early History of Cape Town from the sand of the original shoreline, the sand our ancestors walked on: The Khoina, Portuguese, English, Dutch, Spanish, French, from Malabar and Formosa, Indonesia and India, harnessing South Africa’s rich culture of Storytelling in Cultural Tourism, to create jobs telling the stories of the people and events at the time of the birth of Cape Town.