100 Beautiful Experiences

We’ve got a hiking trail of our own, if you consider hopping from one outdoor shop to the next to procure the best gear a sort of adventure.

Gone Outdoor is packed with Patagonia’s environmentally sustainable merchandise. Made from consciously sourced cotton and recycled materials that include plastic bottles, these clothes and bags live up to the brand’s spirit of celebrating Mother Earth.

Swedish stalwart Fjäll Räven has been in business since 1960, perfecting its sophisticated ranges, all presented in very considered colourways. The backpacks are statement pieces, but it’s the jackets that are the most sought after for their UV and wind protection, and their ability to repel water and guard against mosquitos.

The double-storey Cape Union Mart offers the widest variety of outdoor gear imaginable – from thermal wear and camping equipment to night-hike gadgets and boots. The staff here go on regular training courses so are extremely clued up to offer the best advice.

Local brand Sealand Gear is where you’ll find unique bags for your adventure trips, to suit any sort of hiker, from the day-tripper to the overnighter. The bags are produced from upcycled or repurposed materials such as boat sails and tents, making the outdoor compatibility even more relevant.

Illustration by Phathu Nembilwi @phathudesigns_illustrations

Photos by Estee de Villiers @esteexshoots

After the success of 100 Beautiful Things, where we celebrated creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience, through projects, products, ideas and experiences from around the country, we’re bringing this idea of celebration closer to home. Through 100 Beautiful Experiences, we’ll be looking at incredible moments and delights that are available right on our doorstep. Photographed and illustrated by a group of young South African talents, many of our experiences are unique to our hood and can be found nowhere else on the planet!

Every visit to the V&A Waterfront is an opportunity to discover a different part of the city, learn about our heritage, source the best products, dine on the most exquisite fare and connect with friends and family in a safe and happy environment. While we’re only sharing 100 Beautiful Experiences with you, we know you’ll find many more each time you visit, and look forward to hearing of your experiences too.