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Cape Town's iconic big wheel is due to go for a walk this winter

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The Cape Wheel (Gallo Images)
The Cape Wheel (Gallo Images)
  • The Cape Wheel, towering 40 metres high and offering visitors a panoramic view of the Mother City, first opened in 2008.
  • Since then, it's remained in the same spot at the V&A Waterfront in front of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre.
  • This winter, the giant wheel and its 30 observation cabins will be dismantled and moved to a more spacious location a few hundred metres away, with plans to reopen in November.
  • The site where the Cape Wheel currently stands will be revamped into a landing plaza for public transport into the waterfront.
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The Cape Wheel located at the V&A Waterfront is soon to be dismantled and moved to a new site a few hundred metres away. It's planned to reopen in November.

Cape Town's iconic big wheel first opened to the public in 2008. Towering 40 metres above ground, the Cape Wheel has 30 fully enclosed air-conditioned cabins that offer a panoramic view of the Mother City. Visitors are treated to four full revolutions during a 15-minute ride.

The Cape Wheel waterfront relocation
The Cape Wheel (Image supplied)

The giant observation wheel will soon move from its current position in front of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre to a new location which offers "a more open and relaxed public space for visitors."

This relocation coincides with the wheel's maintenance schedule during the typically quieter winter period.

The Cape Wheel waterfront relocation
(Photo by: Peter Titmuss/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Cape Wheel will stop operating on Sunday, 19 June and will be dismantled ahead of the relocation. The structure will then be moved to a new site, less than a kilometre away, on the other side of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre near the Breakwater parking facility.

The Cape Wheel waterfront relocation
Relocation of the Cape Wheel (Gallo Images)

This new location, near an open grass space known as Breakwater Park, is in a quieter section of the bustling V&A Waterfront. At its new site, the Cape Wheel will offer "unparalleled views to Robben Island and beyond, as well as views of passing ships' movement to and from the Waterfront and the commercial port while retaining views of the city bowl and Table Mountain," according to the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Wheel
Relocation of the Cape Wheel (Google)

The space where the wheel currently stands will be revamped into a landing plaza for public transport into the waterfront. The Cape Wheel is expected to reopen in November, just in time for Cape Town's busy summer season.


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