Table Mountain’s gift of perennial water is the bounty of the South Easter which once brought the laden East Indiamen to the Cape on their homeward bound journey to Europe.
Zacharias Wagenaer, the second VOC Governor of the Cape, channelled the waters of the Varsche River into a reservoir that supplied visiting ships, the remains of which can be seen today under the ‘Golden Acre’.
The Modern History of the Hout Bay River
The entrance to the Woodhead Tunnel in Oranjekloof as seen today. Colonial Hydraulic Engineer, John Gamble, was of the opinion that the tunnel would solve Cape Town’s problem, but without a dam to feed it the project was a ‘gamble’ in more ways than one.