MARVELLING AT THE BRIDGES AS THEY OPEN
100 Beautiful Experiences
We’re lucky to have two very nifty bridges that help us get from one part of our neighbourhood to another, while also being nimble enough to allow yachts and boats to pass by. Whether you catch the full effect of seeing them open from a distance, or find yourself in front of the line waiting to cross the walkway, there’s always an element of awe when noticing the incredible engineering.
11. Swing Bridge
If you haven’t yet witnessed the opening and closing of the new swing bridge that connects the Pierhead Precinct with the Clock Tower Precinct, then we recommend you add it to your next visit. It’s a marvel of mechanics that boggles the mind to comprehend how 42 metres of walkway can swing over the water so seamlessly, and then carry so much weight as throngs of people walk across it.
12. Bascule Bridge
Since 1996, the Bascule Bridge has offered a pedestrianised way to reach the city side of the V&A Waterfront from its main areas. When not in a rush to get across, it’s worth waiting for a yacht to exit the marina so that you can see how this blue drawbridge opens itself up like two muscular arms lifting in unison.
Photos by Arehone Malovhele @by.areh
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.