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AFB Ysterplaat (Cape Town)

The SAAF Museum Satellite Ysterplaat is the second largest military aviation museum in South Africa. The Museum houses an interesting and varied collection of exhibits covering the full period of the SAAF's existence and it's operational activities as well military and civil aviation in the Cape. In addition to aircraft, weapons, engines, uniforms, etc, is a small display of Royal Flying Corps memorabilia.

A gift shop selling books, models and posters is operated on weekdays and all profits are used to assist the Museum. Refreshments are available at the Astra Cafe adjoining the Museum complex, but food is not allowed in the display halls. Facilities for the handicapped include special parking and ramps, but restroom facilities are not available.

The Library holds a large selection of aviation related books, refrences and research material, technical manuals, aviation related magazines, logbooks and photographs. These reference materials are available to serious researchers on weekdays from 09h00 to 16h00 by prior appointment. A copy service is not available.

The actual Museum display aircraft are located inside the security area of the Base and tours are conducted on Saturday mornings. Please arrange beforehand if you wish to visit the aircraft at any other time.

Visiting hours

The Museum is open Wednesday to Friday from 7.00am to 3.00pm and on Saturday from 8.30am to 12.00pm. The Museum is closed on Sunday to Tuesday and public holidays.


By Car:
From the N1 National Road or Black River Parkway (M5), take the Milnerton off-ramp and proceed onto Koeberg Road. Continue up Koeberg Road until the traffic lights and turn right into Piet Grobler Street. The Museum is situated inside Ysterplaat Air Force Base.

By Public Transport
Golden Arrow buses depart from the Grand Parade Bus Station in central Cape Town bound for Brooklyn, Milnerton and Killarney. Alight at Bus Stop No. 587 in Koeberg Road (opposite Piet Grobler Street).

Contact details

Postal address: SAAF Museum, PO Box 100580, Ysterplaat, 7425, South Africa
Telephone: (+27) 21 508-6576

Port Elizabeth