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Chavonnes Battery

We invite you to step below sea level to the sand of the original shoreline that has been hidden since 1724 among the Archaeology ruins of the Chavonnes Battery, a VOC Fort that was ripped apart and buried in 1860 and since 2008 a Visitor Attraction about the history of Cape Town. The Castle’s main purpose was not to protect the Cape Hamlet against the indigenous clans, with whom relations were usually fairly good, but to repel any aggressors, mainly the other two companies and the occasional pirates operating along the coasts to its east. And that, eventually, was why the Chavonnes Battery came to be built, although it would not see the light of day for six decades after Van Riebeeck landed at the Cape of Good Hope.




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Business Hours

09:00 to 16:00


Normal Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket R100 pp

Child Ticket R70 pp


Our Offer

Single Free Entry



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