Watchdog of the Bay...
Perched on a rocky outcrop on the western flank, a popular haunt just past the graveyard...
The bay gets a new watchdog...
In 1860 the Chavonnes Battery was ripped apart, flooded, buried and forgotten,... or so they thought!
Heritage Site / Museum
Re-discovered like buried treasure available for all to enjoy the original Cape Town shoreline...
Social Entrepreneurs using Cultural Tourism for youth development
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, still to be seen, if you let us show you.» Join a Tour
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.