When you are thinking about South Africa, you think about braais, beautiful beaches and bakkies, but don’t forget the springbok rugby team! It is not just a sport, it’s a part of the South-African culture.
That’s why The Springbok Experience has opened his doors. It’s a new double-storey rugby museum that spans 800m2. It’s located in Cape Town at V&A Waterfront in the Portswood House building. Soon it will be one of the must-do things in Cape Town, given the game’s royal Mzansi status.
The museum is a tribute to the sport, but also shows the political influence that the sport had earlier. “Rugby’s story is South Africa’s story,” explains Andy Colquhoun, SARU’s general manager of corporate affairs. “So, The Springbok Experience charts the country’s history through the lens of rugby.”
There is an advanced audio-visual exhibition that, through interactive touch-screen technology, invites visitors to learn more about the game and about the often ignored story about the development of the black and coloured rugby for the union was founded in 1992. The museum is not only informative, there also are notable items like the No. 6 jersey shirt that Francois Pienaar wore when he led the team to victory in the ’95 Rugby World Cup. You can also check if there is a Springbokker inside you. To look at you kicks, reaction and condition with the virtual coach who is ready to guide you.
Adults enter for R50p/p, senior citizens and scholars between the ages of 5 and 18 get in for R30p/p, and kiddies younger than 5 years of age can enjoy the experience for free; discounts are available for families, groups of 10 people or more, and schools.
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm (only closed on Christmas Day)
Portswood House (near intersection of Portswood and Dock roads) | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 928 7000