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The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium on the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town is ideally positioned to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.

About the Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium opened in November 1995 and is recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town.

It has established itself as a key player in raising environmental awareness through its high-quality exhibits, conservation and education programmes.

The Aquarium is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading environmental education centre in South Africa. It is also respected internationally for its high standards of animal husbandry and the expertise of its staff in collecting and transporting live animals.

The Two Oceans Aquarium Trust is a private body carrying on business as a public aquarium with emphasis on education and entertainment.


The Two Oceans Aquarium is currently owned by Lexshell (Pty) Limited and Investec Bank. It operates as a private trust governed by a Board of Trustees.

Operating basis

The Aquarium is a self-sustaining organisation and relies on revenue generated through visitation, alternative revenue streams and corporate sponsorships.

It does not receive any funding from municipal, provincial or national government.

Corporate social investment

The Two Oceans Aquarium is committed to environmental education in South Africa and to promoting positive changes towards the management of our marine resources.

Over the years it has steadily increased its investment in environmental education and today the value of its education programmes is in the region R3 million per annum.

In terms of income the Aquarium presently contributes almost R11 of every adult ticket sold (11%) to education programmes.


The Two Oceans Aquarium is a member of PAAZAB (African Association of Zoos and Aquaria).

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