You dream of owning a luxury yacht. On the other hand it isn’t always financially feasible. Co-ownership is the answer for thousands of keen ocean-goers, delivering all the pleasures of a luxury yacht lifestyle without having to make a huge initial investment. When you jointly acquire a boat with a bunch of like-minded people, you share the running costs. Each shareholder pays a monthly fee to manage and maintain the craft, and you get a cost effective investment that’s also great fun.
If you’d like to benefit from a dedicated captain, dedicated mooring, shared costs, and enjoy a fantastic way to entertain yourself, clients, friends and family, yacht share might be the perfect solution. But there’s another great reason to talk to our team about sharing a boat. We’re busy working on a yacht share franchise in South Africa, a super-exotic destination that also happens to be home to Africa’s most celebrated marine playground, the V&A Waterfront.
What’s in store for you at the V&A Waterfront, South Africa?
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town sits on the shore of the Atlantic, with views taking in Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain itself. Designed by Adrian van der Vyver, it graces the nation’s oldest working harbour and encompasses a vast 300 acre area that attracts more than 24 million visitors every year. You’ll find a multitude of smart residential and commercial properties, some for sale, plus beautiful hotels, exclusive shops, top class restaurants, a multitude of leisure facilities and fabulous entertainment all year long.
What are the South African weather and sea conditions like?
South Africa covers the southern tip of the continent, with more than 1,600 miles of coastline stretching from Namibia on the west Atlantic coast, south around the tip of Africa, and north east to Mozambique on the Indian Ocean. It lies at roughly the same distance south of the equator as Britain does to the north, which makes it the perfect winter sailing destination, the ideal escape when we’re suffering from the winter chills way up here.
Where the South Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean meet, at the southern tip of the African continent, you get dramatic storms. The Indian Ocean to the east is warmed by the Mozambique current, also called the Agulhas, fresh from the tropics. The Atlantic, to the west, gets cooled down by the chilly Antarctic Benguela current. Add the winds and the unusual topography of the land mass and you get lush forests and subtropical savanna on the east coast, with dramatically contrasting desert landscapes on the west coast.
Things to do at the V&A waterfront
You could easily spend all your time at the Waterfront itself, it’s such a gorgeous place to be. You can take cruises on the lovely Langebaan Lagoon, sail False Bay and enjoy magical Clifton Beach. There are whale watching trips and shark dives. The Waterfront is also home to the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, Nobel Square, Two Oceans Aquarium and the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, where you’ll find the world’s biggest and most exciting collection of modern African art.
This remains the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere and the views of Table Mountain provide plenty of visual drama, including stunning ocean views and the spectacular Hottentots-Holland Mountains. This is home to the upgraded Cape Town Cruise Terminal, too, your gateway to even more adventures.
Discover some heavenly South African destinations
Walvis Bay in Namibia awaits you, famous for being one of the most beautiful, vibrant harbours in Africa. This is Namibia’s main harbour town and features a vast lagoon packed with wildlife including seals, whales, turtles and dolphins. The mighty Zambezi River itself, more than 1500 miles long, is a sailor’s dream, Africa’s fourth biggest river and a place where you’ll see elephants and giraffes running wild as well as the magnificent Victoria Falls. And Knysna lies on the wonderful Garden Route, an outstandingly beautiful city on the Atlantic Ocean with its own stunning, calm-watered lagoon set in exquisite surroundings.
Cape Town is an adventure-filled destination and perfect for great sailing experiences. Best of all there’s much more than just the one sailing route. The beautiful V&A Waterfront is joined by the waters around Robben Island itself, a trip to Saldahna to the West or to Durban on the Indian Ocean, a city offering superb cuisine, fantastic weather and plenty of exciting cultural diversity. Then there’s Port Elizabeth, Benoni, the Quirimbas archipelago, the Vaal River, Langebaan and much more.
Let’s explore the idea of a South Africa yacht share
If you fancy escaping the winter misery for a while, sailing Africa’s magical southern coast and exploring her vast rivers, we’ll be delighted to update you about our latest South Africa yacht share offers. It costs nothing to talk!