Visit Chavonnes Battery Museum, and join a tour guide from a local community on a meander through the early history of Cape Town. Home to archaeological ruins of a Dutch East India Company fort unearthed after 140 years, and host to a robust schedule of international photographic exhibitions, be sure to discover what life was through its in detailed models, exhibits, displays and large information panels. Don an 18th century tricorn hat and take a photo with the authentic working 9-pound muzzle loaded cannon, touch the sand of the original shoreline at the “Cape of Storms / Good Hope,” and don't forget to make a wish in the water well!
Your guide, in period costume of a 17th century VOC soldier, will take you on a journey through the early history of Cape Town for approximately 40 minutes to an hour. Guides are available daily and tours are available on request.
The Chavonnes Battery are the archaeological ruins of a Dutch East India Company Fort buried for 140 years where you can touch the sand of the original shoreline, a tangible connection to life in Cape Town from 1600 – 1900. Discover the history of Cape Town.
Your guided tour commences with the battle for the High Seas and the treacherous journey to the spice and silks of the East for the soldiers, sailors, slaves, and adventurers and the strategic importance of the “Cape of Storms/Good Hope”. Of rivalry between Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, Swedes, and Danes that required massive fire power and huge cannons.