The Cape Wheel’s epic comeback

The Cape Wheel reopens this month, in a brand new location at the V&A Waterfront. “Why relocate something that has become a Cape Town icon?” you might ask. “View, views and more breath-taking views” is our answer. This fresh spot will have you gawking throughout the observation-wheel trip of four revolutions.

There are spectacular scenes of Granger Bay and the ocean, full-on frontals of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles, a bird’s-eye view of the Waterfront’s harbour and hub of activity, a great perspective of Robben Island and the Cape Town Stadium, and sometimes even showstopper whale and dolphin sightings. This is all thanks to the Cape Wheel’s new position on Breakwater Boulevard, alongside the picturesque Waterfront boardwalk.

Exit Victoria Wharf at Entrance 2 or drive past Toy Kingdom towards the Table Bay, and you cannot miss the towering wheel that’s been with us since the 2010 FIFA World Cup (it previously stood opposite the kids’ play area and food court at Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre). As one of the Waterfront’s most popular attractions, its updated site is sure to cause a stir, offering some of the Mother City’s best Instagram snaps from 40 metres above ground.

Gone are the days when you had to wait for the funfair to come to town in order to take a ride on a magical big wheel. Our Cape Wheel is open seven days a week, making it the perfect place for any occasion to be celebrated. Gather some friends for a four-passenger VIP experience in a cabin with tinted windows, leather seats, a glass floor and music, with a bottle of bubbly for you to enjoy during your ride (soon to be launched), or keep it romantic and book a picnic in the sky for two, where your voyage is extended to double the length. Senior citizens receive a discount on Tuesdays and school groups get reduced-price tickets when pre-booking. And make sure to visit on your birthday, when you can soak up the 15-minute ride for free if you complete the application form ahead of time.

Be one of the first to ride on the epic Cape Wheel in its new territory at the Waterfront, Cape Town. Bookings are now open on
Contact; 087 470 0696


Cape Wheel FAQs

Where is the location of the Cape Wheel?
The Cape Wheel is situated at The Lawns on Breakwater Boulevard.

Where is the closest parking site?
The nearest parking is at the Breakwater parking garage.

What are the operating times?
Summer (September to April): Mon-Sun 10am – 10pm (weather dependent)
Winter (May to August): Mon-Thurs 11am – 9pm; Fri-Sat 10am – 10pm; Sun 10am – 9pm

Does wind affect the operation of the Cape Wheel?
The wheel has been engineered to withstand a hurricane. However, operations are suspended when wind speeds reach 15m/s constant and 20m/s gusts as an extra precautionary measure.

Does the Cape Wheel operate during loadshedding?
Yes, the Cape Wheel continues to operate during loadshedding.

Where does one buy tickets for the Cape Wheel?
Purchase your Cape Wheel tickets online at or on site at the V&A Waterfront location.

How does the senior citizens’ Tuesday discount work?
Seniors must show a valid RSA ID document when purchasing their Tuesday ticket in order to enjoy their ride at half price. Only valid Tuesdays 10am – 6pm.

How does the birthday deal work to ride the Cape Wheel for free?
Sign up on before your birthday. You’ll receive a voucher via email for a free ride on your birthday. Print it out and bring it along with your ID to the ticket booth on the day of your birthday, and enjoy your gift from us. NOTE that if you do not have the printed voucher, the free ride may only be redeemed on the day of your birthday using your ID as proof.

How much does it cost to ride the Cape Wheel?
Adult (SA resident)                    R175
Child (4-17 years)                      R95
Pensioner (SA residents only)     R95
Adult (non-SA resident)             R250

Picnic in the Sky (Adult)            R320 (Cape Wheel provides a basket and table placing but you bring your own food; voyage is extended to double the length)
Picnic in the Sky (Child )           R150 ((Cape Wheel provides a basket and table placing but you bring your own food; voyage is extended to double the length)

STO (only approved tour guides; +10 pax)            R120
School groups (Child)                                        R50
School groups (Teacher)                                    R95

(SA ID is required in order to get SA prices.)