Family Friendly Things To Do In Cape Town

From action-packed obstacle courses, thrilling adventures, outdoor exploring, exciting games & challenges, learning new skills, having tons of fun in the glorious Cape Town sun, and loads of bucket-list worthy experiences, there is absolutely no shortage of fun things for kids to enjoy, do, and experience in Cape Town. And that’s merely scratching the surface of Cape Town’s never-ending fun and games!

The amazing, and equally thrilling array of family-friendly activities and adventures Cape Town has to offer are not only guaranteed to excite and amp-up the kiddies, but get the adults up, out, and about, joining in on ALL the epic fun and games.

Let’s be honest, we’re all kids at heart – It doesn’t quite matter whether we’re young or young at heart! So, let’s have some fun!

To keep everyone happy, excited, and fully entertained, here is an awesome list of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town.

#VISIT THE TWO OCEAN’S AQUARIUM

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If you’re looking for something fun and thrilling to do with the whole family in Cape Town, going to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront should be high up on your list. Home to several (if not all) of the Western Cape’s magnificent marine life species, amazing exhibits, and a variety of exciting experiences, visiting the Two Ocean’s Aquarium promises to be tons of fun for both the young and young at heart.

Some of the Two Ocean’s Aquarium exhibits you can look forward to include: The Penguin Exhibit; Kelp Forest Exhibit; I&J Ocean Exhibit; Save Our Seas Foundation Shark Exhibit (experience up-close encounters with some of the most misunderstood species in South Africa’s oceans, such as ragged-tooth sharks, giant yellowtail, and yellowbelly rockcod); The Diversity Gallery (the Diversity Gallery aims to showcase the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans); The Touch Pool & Microscope Exhibits (this remarkable exhibit gives you the opportunity to look through a microscope and see marine life species like you never have before).

  • Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 18:00
  • Contact details: 021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952 | [email protected]
  • Website: www.aquarium.co.za

Click here to get your Two Oceans Aquarium ticket / tickets or to find out more about their exciting experiences and activities.

#HAVE FUN AT THE SCRATCH PATCH & MINERAL WORLD

*Scratch Patch & Mineral World has two locations: V&A Waterfront & Simonstown

Top Things To Do On A Cold Day In Cape Town

Photo credit: Scratch Patch and Mineral World

Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? To take it a step further, you have the amazing opportunity to search and scratch for these gems yourself right here in Cape Town? How incredibly thrilling is that?!

With two thriving locations in the V&A Waterfront and Simonstown in False Bay, Scratch Patch and Mineral World is an exciting and unique way to dig for your own beautiful gems.

At the Scratch Patch you get to fully immerse yourself in the vast assortment of glorious gems and stones that quite literally cover the entire floor. Once you’ve completed your Scratch Patch gem search mission, its time for you to visit the gem exhibitions and shops.

Searching, scavenging, and scratching for gems at the Scratch Patch & Mineral World is tons of fun for the whole family, making it one of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town on a cold day as well as every other day of the year!

Scratch Patch & Mineral World | V&A Waterfront

  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Dock Road (near the Aquarium), Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday + holidays: 9am – 4:30pm
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about this incredible experience
  • Price: You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bags or a cup to fill it with your favourite gemstones:
  • Small bag: R30 (contains approximately 140 grams)
  • Medium bag: R45 (contains approximately 300 grams)
  • Large bag: R140 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
  • Cup: R90 (contains approximately 630 grams)

Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Simonstown

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  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:45pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 4:30 | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about this incredible experience
  • Price: You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bags or a cup to fill it with your favourite gemstones:
  • Small bag: R30 (contains approximately 140 grams)
  • Medium bag: R45 (contains approximately 300 grams)
  • Large bag: R140 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
  • Cup: R90 (contains approximately 630 grams)

#GO ARTJAMMING

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Time to have some paintertainment fun! Whether it’s playing, painting, sponging, or spraying, Artjamming gives both the young and young at heart the opportunity to unleash their artistic flair and creativity onto a blank canvas and create whatever artistic masterpiece their heart desires. Artjammers are provided with various canvas sizes, easels, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, brushes, and an array of cool tools to freely express themselves.

Absolutely no drawing or painting skills are required to join in on the Artjamming fun and games. However, qualified artists are always available to assist, guide, and lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it.

One of the best things about Artjamming is that it is for absolutely EVERYONE – from 0 to 100 years old, everyone is welcome! Undoubtedly making it one of the best and most exciting things to do with the whole family.

  • Location: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town| They also have locations in Willowbridge Shopping Centre and Somerset West
  • Operating hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 425 5050 | [email protected] | [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Artjamming website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#ENJOY A GAME OF HINTHUNT

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HintHunt is the original live escape game! It is fun, thrilling, and interactive and has taken Cape Town by storm with everyone eager to get in on the action. HintHunt is a game played in groups of three to five people where you get an hour to work out puzzles and mysteries to escape / release yourselves from a room.

If you’re up for something truly exhilarating, a little different, and super interactive that gets your mind working in all the right ways, a game of HintHunt is the perfect choice!

HintHunt offers visitors and eager thrill seekers an amazing variety of experiences to choose from, including:

  • Live Escape Games
  • Online Escape Games
  • Outdoor Escape Games
  • Amazing Race Experiences
  • Mobile Escape Games

With such an exciting range of thrilling activities and experiences to choose from, the only thing you’ll have trouble with is deciding which HintHunt adventure to tick off your bucket list first. Here’s the best part – HintHunt has made it their mission to ensure there is something for absolutely EVERYONE to enjoy!

  • Location: HintHunt | JH02 The Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm | Friday – Saturday: 10am – 10pm | Sunday: 10am – 5:30pm
  • Contact details: 076 187 2764 | 021 001 4215 | [email protected] | www.hinthunt.co.za
  • Click here for more information or to view HintHunt’s current COVID-19 regulations, protocols, and guidelines

Bookings:

  • Click here to book a HintHunt Escape Room Experience
  • Click here to buy HintHunt Online Escape Games
  • Click here to book a HintHunt Outdoor Escape Game Experience
  • Click here to book a HintHunt Amazing Race Experience

#PLAY A GAME OF CAVE GOLF

*Scratch Patch & Mineral World / Cave Golf has two locations: V&A Waterfront & Simonstown

Time to show off your mini-golf skills and have a blast of a time as you enjoy an exciting game of putt-putt with your whole family. But don’t get TOO competitive now – It’s all in the name of FUN!

The V&A Waterfront has put their own unique spin on this classic family-friendly past-time by having players play in a cave-like setting – hence the name Cave Golf. How incredibly thrilling is that?

Cave Golf | V&A Waterfront

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Photo credit: Scratch Patch and Mineral World

  • Location: V&A Waterfront, Dock Road (near the Aquarium), Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4:30pm | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about the exciting Cave Golf experience
  • Price per game: Refundable deposit: R20 per player | Round of golf: R35 per player | Groups of 10: R30 per player

Cave Golf | Simonstown

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Photo credit: Scratch Patch and Mineral World

  • Location: Scratch Patch & Mineral World | Dido Valley Road, Simonstown, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:45pm | Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 4:30 | Holidays: 9am – 4:30
  • Contact details: 021 786 2020 | [email protected]
  • Website: Click here to visit the Scratch Patch & Mineral World website or to find out everything you need to know about the exciting Cave Golf experience
  • Price per game: Refundable deposit: R20 per player | Round of golf: R35 per player | Groups of 10: R30 per player

#AERIAL CABLE WAY RIDE UP TABLE MOUNTAIN

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Going on an Aerial Cable Way ride up Table Mountain is one of the most sought-after experiences in Cape Town – Undoubtedly making it one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year.

Besides being a great winter activity for the whole family to enjoy, going on an exciting Aerial Cable Way ride to the Table Mountain summit is the ultimate year-round experience that can be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Locals, international travelers, globe trotters, avid adventurers and thrill seekers, the young wild and free, and the young at heart!

While admiring Table Mountain from below is every bit as beautiful, there are few things that compare to the view from the top of one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Plus, you get to tick something truly thrilling off your Cape Town bucket-list.

One thing is for certain, going on an Aerial Cableway ride up Table Mountain is one memorable experience and thrilling adventure you will absolutely never forget.

What are you waiting for? Book your Table Mountain Aerial Cableway ticket right now from WebTickets.

#GO TO ACROBRANCH ADVENTURE PARK

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Are you looking to add a bit of adventure and excitement to your fun-filled family day out in Cape Town? Then a visit to Acrobranch Adventure Park should be right at the top of your list! Acrobranch is the ultimate treetop experience dedicated to offering children and adults alike a unique, memorable and bucket-list worthy adventure unlike any other. This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides visitors with an action-packed day of tree-top exploring and adventuring as they move from tree to tree in lush, green forests.

Acrobranch boasts different obstacle courses in each of their parks, with some of them being exclusively for kids (marked Acrobranch Kids) and others for reasonably fit adults and teenagers. Some of their thrilling obstacles consist of tree top high ropes and tricky crossings (with ladders, tunnels, walkways, and bridges). They also offer exhilarating zip lines to top it off.

To find out more about Acrobranch, their exciting range of activities, thrilling experiences, obstacle courses, and various safety regulations and measures, visit the Acrobranch website.

  • Locations: Acrobranch Cape Town: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Hout Bay, Cape Town | Acrobranch Stellenbosch: Klein Joostenberg, R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
  • Contact details: 086 999 0369 | 021 201 1121
  • Opening days & times: September – April: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am to 6pm (Last slot @4pm, Closing @6pm) | May – August: Wednesday – Sunday from 9am to 5pm (Last slot @3pm, Closing @5pm) | *Open on Public School Holidays & Public Holidays
  • Booking: Click here to make a booking online | Contact Acrobranch Cape Town on [email protected] or 086 999 0369 to make a booking
  • Click here to visit the Acrobranch website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

*Additional Information*

  • Does Acrobranch cater to various age groups?

At Acrobranch you choose from various courses with different levels of difficulty. The height of the challenges, distance between steps and level of difficulty required has been carefully measured. Each park has different age and course restrictions depending on the forest terrain, so please check out the park nearest to you.

Whatever Acrobranch Centre you choose, each offers a range of courses designed to ensure that no one takes on more than they can comfortably handle. You can either experience your adventure solo, or tackle it with family and friends, you are not limited to group sizes.

  • What should I wear for my outdoor Acrobranch adventure?

**Tip 1: Please wear closed shoes with good tread.

**Tip 2: Dress in clothes you can move freely in (touch your toes, stretch for a tree a little out of reach, sit comfortably).

**Tip 3: People with long hair should tie up their hair (in a bun) so it’s out of the way of pesky tree branches that may want to snag onto it.

#LEARN TO SURF THE COOL CAPE TOWN WAVES

Are you ready to surf the cool Cape Town waves like a real pro?!

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Whether you’re an avid surfing pro looking for your next big wave or a surfing first timer, Cape Town is the ultimate surfing hotspot. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, coolest waves and a stunning year-round mild Mediterranean climate, Cape Town has fast become a sought-after surfing destination for surfers from around the world.

Muizenberg Beach Surfer’s Corner

  • Experience level: Beginner

Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is one of the Mother City’s favorite local  surfing spots. Known as one of the top surfing hotspots as well as the best place for learning how to surf, Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner has become one of the most popular surfing beaches in Cape Town for locals and travelers alike. And the best thing is, it welcomes surfers of all ages and experience levels to join in on the surfing fun.

Known for its perfect ‘smooth ride’ waves, Muizenberg’s gentle waves and clean lines can be surfed almost year-round. Making it the ideal Cape Town surfing spot as well as any longboarder’s paradise.

The fact that the laid-back sea-side town of Muizenberg embodies Cape Town’s surfing culture in every way means you can find a variety of places to rent wetsuits, surf boards and take up some surfing lessons.

In addition to being one of the coolest surfing spots, Muizenberg Beach is also one of Cape Town’s best blue flag swimming beaches. Thereby making it the perfect place to enjoy a fun beach day out with the whole family.

**Click here to check out our ‘Top 5 Coolest Surfing Beaches in Cape Town’ blog!

#3D GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MINI GOLF

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Photo credit: Glowing Rooms

Get excited cause this is one epic experience you won’t soon forget! The luminous 3D course features 3D murals, plus UV and disco lights for a fun and thrilling 18 holes of 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

The unique experience includes playing with special imported 3D glasses. You can also book out the event room for private functions. By far the best thing about playing 3D glow-in-the-dark mini golf is that it will be thoroughly enjoyed by absolutely EVERYONE – Whether you’re young or young at heart, you’ll have an absolute blast!

  • Location: Shop 16 – The Gallery, Corner Koeberg Road and Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town | Entrance on ground floor next to FNB
  • Opening hours: Monday: Closed |Tuesday – Friday: Closed (except for confirmed paid event room bookings of 10 or more OR minimum 20 confirmed paid players between 10am – 7pm) | Saturday: 10am – 8pm | Sunday: 10am – 4pm | Holidays: Open from Tuesday – Sunday – Be sure to check the website to confirm times
  • Cost: R110 per player | Non-player Fee: R70 | Pensioner Fee: R70 | Pensioner Non-player Fee: R50
  • Contact details: 021 551 2244 | [email protected]
  • No booking required
  • For exclusive usage of the entire premises contact [email protected]
  • Click here to visit the Glowing Rooms website or to find out everything you need to know about this fun and thrilling experience

#CLAY CAFÉ CERAMIC PAINTING | HOUT BAY

Get the whole family together for a fun-filled day at the Clay Café in Hout Bay!

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  • Location: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road, Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Sunday | 9am – 5pm
  • Contact details: 076 810 5120 | 062 455 6578 | [email protected]
  • Bookings: Click here to make an online booking
  • Click here for more information
  • Facebook: @ClayCafeHoutBay
  • Instagram: @theclaycafe_houtbay

The Clay Café Hout Bay has become one of the Mother City’s top attractions for locals and tourists alike. Situated in the heart of the Hout Bay valley, the Clay Café gives you the amazing opportunity to unleash your inner artist, get your creative juices flowing, and have tons of fun playing around with different color combinations, textures, and shapes as you spend the day painting and creating your own ceramic masterpiece.

By choosing from an array of unfired bisque (already made pottery pieces) and a wide selection of colorful paints and tools, each person gets the super cool opportunity to craft their very own piece of unique / one-of-a-kind crockery which they can take home with them – It is their creative masterpiece after all!

Fun Things To Do With Kids In Cape Town

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Spending the day at the beloved and highly sought-after Clay Café is perfect for letting your hair down, getting wildly creative, freeing your creative spirit, and showing off your artistic side – Not to mention having tons of fun every step of the way!

Another amazing perk of going to the Clay Café is that there is no age limit. This means both the young and young at heart are invited to join in on all the Clay Café creativity and fun!

Besides it’s sought-after status and charismatic appeal, the Clay Café boasts a beautiful large open patio with outside tables overlooking a luscious garden. They also have a veggie garden, their own African chic boutique, and a wonderful restaurant serving delicious meals throughout the day.

In addition to its wildly popular Hout Bay location, the Clay Café has opened another branch in the trendy inner-city neighborhood of Gardens – Clay Café In The City!

 #CLAY CAFÉ IN THE CITY | GARDENS | @CLAYCAFE_INTHECITY

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Photo credit: Clay Cafe In The City

  • Location: 199 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town
  • Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm | Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 10pm | Saturday: 9am – 10pm | Sunday: 9am – 6pm
  • Contact details / Bookings: [email protected] | 061 917 4191 | Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited
  • Click here for more information
  • Instagram: @claycafe_inthecity

Bookings:

  • All ages welcome | No under 12s after 6pm.
  • Bookings are set at 2.5 hours long.
  • For same day bookings WhatsApp the Clay Café In The City on 0619174191.
  • New social distancing tables have been put in with all the correct protocols in place.
  • Bookings are advised | Walk-in space is limited.
  • To make a booking email the Clay Café on [email protected]aycafe.co.za or call 061 917 4191 for more information, parties or events.
  • Visit co.zafor more information.

Clay Cafe in the City is Clay Café’s new, vibrant, and exciting creative space located in the hub of Cape Town (the mini version of their flagship store in Hout Bay.) It is a craft focused space that strives to teach like-minded adults to be creative, learn new techniques and skills, and have tons of fun experimenting with different colors, shapes, textures, and ideas, all while enjoying great tapas, winter-warmer meals, and relaxing music.

Clay Café in the City focusses on creative experimentation guided by a team of knowledgeable individuals who will help you achieve your ceramic masterpiece.

Happy crafting & creating!

#GO SANDBOARDING AT THE ATLANTIS DUNES

Going sandboarding is one of the most sought-after adventure experiences for thrill seekers and adventure enthusiasts. Located approximately 40-minutes from the city center, the Atlantis Dunes is the ultimate sandboarding mecca. It is also one of only a handful of sandboarding locations in the world, undoubtedly making it a must-do bucket-list experience.

The ever-shifting dunes of Atlantis range in size of up to 35 meters and invites people of all ages and experience levels to join in on all the sandboarding fun. Even if you’ve never sand boarded a day in your life, the experienced guides will be right there to help you out along the way.

#ENJOY AN EXCITING RIDE ON THE HAMLEYS EXPRESS TRAIN

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Time to live out your dream of going on an exciting train ride on the famous Hamleys Express train. The train station is situated across the Cape Wheel and travels all the way to the Watershed. With the right timing, your kids can also meet Hamley & Hattie Bear. Pop in to the store to buy a souvenir of the experience.

#ENJOY A FUN-FILLED BEACH DAY

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Regardless of how old you get, there is nothing better than being sun-kissed, sandy-toed, and salty-haired while soaking up the glorious Cape Town sunshine on one of its beautiful beaches. Enjoying a blissful beach day on one of the Mother City’s stunning beaches is by far one of the top things to do in Cape Town. Thanks to Cape Town’s lovely year-round mild Mediterranean climate, beach season can be enjoyed right throughout the year.

Whether you’re looking to have some beach fun in the sun, sunbathe, go sandcastle building, learn to surf, enjoy a sunset stroll or beach sundowner, Cape Town’s variety of sensational beaches caters to all your beach-loving desires.

Here are some of our favorite beaches that all deserve to be on your Cape Town beach bucket-list: Camps Bay, Clifton, Muizenberg Beach, Bloubergstrand, Llandudno, Bakoven, Glen Beach, Boulders Beach, Big Bay, Oudekraal Beach, Long Beach in Kommetjie, Noordhoek Beach and Water’s Edge.

#GO ON THE ULTIMATE SUNSET CHASING ADVENTURE

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Cape Town is home to some seriously spectacular sunset spots. There is no denying that the Mother City is pure sunset bliss, known for her stunning sherbet colored sunsets that set the sky alight in a beautiful celebration of colors.

Going on the ultimate sunset chasing adventure has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town all-year round. But sometimes you need to wander a little off the beaten path to find the real sunset hidden gems – That’s when the real sunset adventure begins!

**Here are our top secret sunset and overall best sunset spots in Cape Town, all of which deserve a prime spot on your sunset bucket-list:

  • Look-out Cave on Chapman’s Peak Drive | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • The Clifton Ridge Rocks | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Lions Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Signal Hill
  • Llandudno Beach
  • The ‘Sunset Rock’ | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Diaz Beach | Cape Point | *Secret Sunset Spot
  • Kloof Corner
  • Bloubergstrand Beach

Check out our ‘Best sunset spots in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s magnificent and magical sunset spots.

#GO ON A RED BUS CITY SIGHTSEEING TOUR

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Photo credit: Cape Town City Sightseeing

Going on a famous Red Bus City Sightseeing Tour around the Mother City should be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket list. The iconic Cape Town Red Bus Tour is the ultimate hop-on-hop-off experience. Stopping at some of the city’s top landmarks, hidden gems, and sought-after attractions, it is one of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town , and certainly one of the most exciting ways to explore everything the beautiful and vibrant city of Cape Town has to offer.

**Tip: There are a variety of Cape Town Red Bus City Sightseeing tours to choose from, visit their website to find out more.

  • Contact details: [email protected] | 021 511 6000 (07:00–18:00)
  • Cape Town Tour Office Location: V&A Waterfront (Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town) | Long Street (63 – 69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town)
  • For more information visit the City Sightseeing website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

#SEE THE AFRICAN PENGUINS AT BOULDERS BEACH

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Seeing the African Penguins in their natural habitat is by far one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town all-year round. Home to a thriving population of African Penguins, Boulders Beach is one of the only places in the world where you can get up close and personal with these cool and charismatic ocean locals. This makes visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach a bucket-list worthy experience in every way.

Besides seeing the African Penguins from the African Penguin Viewing Site in Boulders Beach, you can enjoy a variety of other once-in-a-lifetime adventures such as swimming, kayaking or enjoying a laid-back beach day with them right by your side.

In addition to Boulders Beach, Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay is home to an African Penguin viewing site as well as one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).**Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees.

#WATCH A MOVIE UNDER THE STARS AT THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA

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Photo credit: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema invites both the young and young at heart to enjoy a memorable outdoor movie experience underneath a canopy of stars. Known as Cape Town’s first and finest outdoor movie experience, the wildly popular Galileo Open Air Cinema is all about bringing movie magic to majestic venues across Cape Town. But, that’s not all – besides enjoying an open air movie screening under the Mother City moonlight, you can also enjoy a local artisanal market, music, and a lovely picnic on the lawns before the start of the movie at sunset.

In addition to The Galileo’s local fan-favourite outdoor movie experience, The Galileo Picnic, The Galileo Open Air Cinema has introduced two more dazzling concepts and cinematic events to their repertoire, namely The Galileo Royale, and The Galileo Drive In.

Click here to find out more about The Galileo Open Air Cinema Picnic experience or to view the upcoming movie screening schedule or visit The Galileo Open Air Cinema website for everything you need to know.

#ENJOY A COOL CAPE TOWN MARKET DAY

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The Mother City is at the very top of her market game. This makes visiting one of her vibrant markets one of the best family friendly things to do in Cape Town anytime of the year, including during her wonderful winter season.

In addition to being a fun-filled day out exploring the city, the fact that Cape Town is home to such a unique and incredible variety of markets makes going on the ultimate market adventure that much more exciting. From fresh local produce, tasty treats and home-baked delights to art, crafts, thrifts, live music, and one-of-a-kind finds, Cape Town’s markets truly have it all!

**Tip: Here are some of our favourite markets that deserve to be on your Cape Town summer bucket-list: The V&A Food Market; The Watershed at the V&A; The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay; Oranjezicht City Farmer’s Market; Root 44 Market; Cape Point Vineyards Thursday Night Market; the Old Biscuit Mill and Neighbourgoods Market.

If you’re looking to experience something slightly different, why not go to one of Cape Town’s cool night markets? Because let’s be honest – who doesn’t love a night market? Spending a lovely evening under the Mother City moonlight and starlit sky with friends and family, all while enjoying the many wonderful and exciting things each market has to offer – what more could you ask for?

Check out our ‘Best night markets in Cape Town’ blog for everything you need to know about Cape Town’s night market scene.

#VISIT MUIZENBERG BEACH & ITS COLORFUL BEACH HUTS

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Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach’s laid-back beach vibe, surf’s up approach to life and vibrant energy has made it one of Cape Town’s coolest coastal towns. Known as one of Cape Town’s top blue-flag swimming beaches, Muizenberg Beach is perfect for enjoying a lovely laid-back beach day with the whole family.

Besides its blissful beach status, Muizenberg Beach is home to the famous Muizenberg Beach huts, also known as the retro wooden bathing boxes. These cool and colourful works of art have not only become one of the most sought-after attractions for travellers and photographers from around the world, but it has claimed the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town too. This makes Muizenberg Beach and its colourful beach huts a must-visit destination on any trip to Cape Town.

**Tip: Muizenberg Beach’s famous Surfers Corner is the best place in Cape Town for surfing first-timers to learn how to surf. If you’ve got ‘Learn how to surf’ jotted down on your Cape Town bucket-list – It’s time to seize the surfing day and surf your very first wave at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner!

#TAKE A SUNSET DRIVE ALONG CHAPMAN’S PEAK

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Named one of the most magnificent marine drives in the world, taking a drive along the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive should be on everyone’s bucket-list. Affectionately known as ‘Chappies’ by Cape Town locals, this captivating coastal road ribbons along the Atlantic coastline between Hout Bay and Noordhoek. Besides showcasing some of the most sensational panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll pass rugged mountains, picturesque white-sand beaches, and vibrant fishing harbours on your way.

If you’re looking to experience something extra special, a sunset drive along Chapman’s Peak promises to sweep you off your feet and capture your sunset-loving heart all at the same time. It isn’t known as one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town for nothing.

**If you’re eager to add some adventure and thrill to your Chapman’s Peak Drive experience, here are a few things to look out for:

**Tip: Chapman’s Peak Drive is known for its amazing hidden gems scattered along the route. Two of which include the waterfall walk and the secret Look-out Cave.

The waterfall walk is perfect for nature lovers and adventurers and is found just before you reach the toll gate on your way towards Noordhoek.

The Chapman’s Peak Look-out Cave is not only one of its most beautiful hidden gems, but one of Cape Town’s top secret caves and best sunset spots too. Like all of the Mother City’s best kept secrets, you may need to wander a little off the beaten path to find it. Make your way along Chapman’s Peak Drive until you reach the famous Chapman’s Peak Lookout Point – This is where the real adventure begins!

Positioned just below the pass, you’ll have to climb over the railing and carefully make your way down the mountainside to reach the Lookout Cave. Once you’ve reached this cool secret hideaway and stunning sunset spot, it’s time to sit back, relax and soak it all in. The sheltered sand-stone cave boasts the perfect view over Hout Bay and Atlantic Ocean. An extra bonus is that it has enough space to enjoy a picnic and a few sundowners paired with one hell of a view.

Besides these two must-visit secret spots, there are a variety of look-out points and picnic sites located at various points along the drive. Chapman’s Peak Drive is also known as one of the best places to spot the beloved members of Cape Town’s Marine Big 5. Make sure to keep a look-out for Cape Fur Seals, Dolphins, Southern Right Whales, and African Penguins.

** Important note: Chapman’s Peak Drive may be closed during severe weather, or because of road maintenance. Contact the customer service line (021 791 8220) or visit their Facebook page or website to check the current status.

  • Location: M6 | Chapmans Peak Drive, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town
  • Best time: Best during daylight hours | Particularly beautiful at sunset
  • Cost: Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, and as such requires as toll tariff fee. Each category of vehicle pays a different tariff and the tariff is applicable in each direction.
  • Toll Details: Click here to find out more about the Chapman’s Peak Standard Toll Tariffs | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Day Passes | Click here to find out more about Chapman’s Peak Frequent User Benefits

#ST JAMES TIDAL POOL & COASTAL WALK

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While Cape Town has no shortage of incredible tidal pools (read our post Cape Town’s 19 Amazing Tidal Pools  to make sure you visit them all), the St James Tidal Pool is undoubtedly one of the best. Not to mention a real fan-favourite among the young and young at heart.

How to get there: Situated close to the Muizenberg station, you will need to cross over the train tracks and follow the winding concrete path that meanders along the coast. Once you’ve reached your desired destination, a refreshing dip in the cool St James tidal pool waters is an absolute must! It really is the perfect Cape Town summer holiday activity for the whole family.

Besides the not-to-be-missed St James Tidal Pool, the St James coastal walk, which stretches between Muizenberg and St James, sure gives the Sea Point promenade a run for its money. Once known as Cape Town’s Golden Mile, this stunning walkway boasts sensational views right throughout.

As the vibrant False Bay coastline is known for its plethora of thriving marine life, be sure to keep a look out for some thrilling sightings of Cape Town’s beloved ocean locals – African Penguins, dolphins, whales, and of course the wonderful Cape Fur Seal!

The path is concreted the entire way and begins just behind Muizenberg’s railway station (It is highly recommended that you park up that end, rather than at the beach).

Feel free to enjoy the St James coastal walk barefooted (if you so desire), but, as a word of warning, the fishermen tend to leave their tackle on the path whilst fishing just out in front of it, so make sure you’re extra vigilant.

While taking a stroll along the ever-beautiful St James coastal walk is a fantastic and fun time for all regardless of the time of day, the very best time to do this walk is during low tide.

#MORE TIDAL POOLS

Because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love taking a cool refreshing dip in one of Cape Town’s amazing tidal pools? Especially on a warm summer’s day!

The Mother City is blessed with countless tidal pools built along the coastline, providing everyone with an incredible, safe and family-friendly space to swim, cool down, have fun, and enjoy the sunset. Get ready to embrace the icy waters of the Atlantic as you spot a few sea slugs or cuttlefish along the way. Not to mention one or all of the members of the Marine Big 5 if you’re lucky!

In addition to the famous St James Tidal Pool situated between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay in the seaside suburb of St. James, here are a few more amazing tidal pools that you should add to your bucket-list right away.

  • Miller’s Point | Simon’s Town
  • Maiden’s Cove | Between Glen Beach and Camps Bay Beach
  • Dalebrook | Kalk Bay
  • Camps Bay tidal pool | Camps Bay
  • Shelley’s Point | Glencairn
  • Milton tidal pool | Milton Beach
  • Glencairn | Glencairn Beach
  • Buffel’s Bay | Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Soetwater | South of Kommetjie
  • Sparks tidal pool | Gordon’s Bay
  • Kommetjie tidal pool | Kommetjie
  • Saunders | Saunders Beach, between Clifton and Sea Point in the suburb of Bantry Bay
  • Silwerstroom | Silwerstroom Resort, Meklbosstrand
  • Wooley’s tidal pool | Between Kalk Bay and Clovelly
  • Monwabisi | Khayelitsha
  • Brass Bell | Brass Bell Restaurant | Kalk Bay
  • Harmony | Strand

#SPEND THE DAY AT KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS

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If you’re a head-over-heels nature lover, a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens should definitely be right at the top of your Cape Town bucket-list. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens in the world. It has also won the highly esteemed ‘International Garden of the Year’ award, and to be honest, very few gardens can compare to the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch. This not only makes Kirstenbosch gardens one of the best gardens to visit in Cape Town, but one of its most magnificent natural gems too!

Located right at the base of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is one of the most incredible displays of indigenous natural beauty you’ll find anywhere in the city. It forms part of the Cape Floristic Region, also known as the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cape Floristic Region is the world’s smallest, yet most diverse, floral kingdom. It is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world and is the only one that occurs entirely in one country. Here you’ll find a glorious diversity of fauna and flora entirely indigenous to Cape Town. Kirstenbosch covers an area of 528 hectares filled with more than 7,000 plant species, 2,500 of these from the Cape Peninsula.

Besides its vast natural beauty and top Cape Town garden status, Kirstenbosch offers visitors an endless variety of things to do and see. Not to mention some exciting adventure experiences!

Here is a sneak-peak of what you can expect on your visit to Kirstenbosch:

  • Calling all wildlife and bird lovers! Kirstenbosch is home to over 125 bird species, making it any bird enthusiast’s dream come true. You will also encounter several reptiles, frogs, and invertebrates as well as amphibians such as the Chirping Frog, the Cape River Frog, and the critically endangered Table Mountain Ghost Frog.
  • Avid hikers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails and walking routes. The Kirstenbosch estate can be explored via five trails of differing levels of difficulty. All are well-maintained, logged footpaths or gravel roads and are sign-posted. The Braille Trailand Boekenhout Trail are ideal forest walks for those pressed for time and the not so fit. The Stinkwood Trail is a relatively short exploration of the oldest part of the forest with some of the largest trees. The Yellowwood Trail and Silvertree Trail are long hikes that take you up to the waterfall and around the estate, through both forest and fynbos. It is also possible to climb Table Mountain from Kirstenbosch, up Nursery Ravine or Skeleton Gorge.
  • Kirstenbosch boasts a variety of beautiful garden areas, including the Botanical Society Conservatory, art at the Sculpture Garden, and the Protea Garden, to mention just a few.
  • For avid adventurers and thrill seekers, there are tons of hidden gems, secret spots, caves, waterfalls and so much more to be discovered and explored – so get ready for an adventure!
  • Beautiful, lush lawns and large shaded trees perfect for picnics and kiddies ruuning around.
  • The famous Centenary Treetop Canopy Walk, also known as the ‘Boomslang’, has fast become a fan-favourite Kirstenbosch attraction for both the young and young at heart. The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway is a curved steel and timber bridge that winds and dips its way through and over the trees of the Arboretum. The Walkway takes visitors from the forest floor into and through the trees and bursts out above the canopy, boasting spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Garden.
  • The cyad amphitheatre which features life-size models of dinosaurs – this is a real winner with the kids!
  • Kirstenbosch also has a variety of restaurants to and curio shops.

#VISIT CAPE POINT

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Cape Point is one of Cape Town’s most magnificent natural wonders and sought-after attractions. Located approximately 60km south west of the city of Cape Town, at the very tip of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point is the ultimate mecca for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Besides its unapologetic natural beauty, Cape Point boasts a rich diversity of fauna and flora, secret beaches, endless adventure experiences, and some of the most thrilling hiking trails in the Western Cape. With so much to do, see, and experience, visiting the renowned Cape Point should be on everyone’s bucket-list.

Check out our blog to find out more about ‘The Top 5 Things To Do At Cape Point Anytime Of The Year’If you’re an avid hiker, we’ve put together everything you need to know about the ‘Best Cape Point Hiking Trails’.

#VISIT STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE

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  • Location: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape

While Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions, with everyone jumping at the bid to see its thriving African Penguin colony, very few people know that Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguins in the world. Located in the coastal town of Betty’s Bay (approximately 90km from Cape Town), Stony Point Nature Reserve gives visitors the opportunity to witness Cape Town’s favourite ocean locals, the cool and charismatic African Penguins, up-close in their natural habitat by means of boardwalks that wind through the reserve.

African Penguins aren’t the only marine life or wildlife you’ll have the pleasure of seeing when visiting this Cape Nature reserve. The reserve is home to a colony of cormorants which includes three species: The Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the infamous Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can frequently be spotted on the various surrounding rocks.

The Stony Point Nature Reserve is wheelchair and walking stick friendly and welcomes people of all ages to see and explore its scenic surroundings and incredible marine life.

#ENJOY A DAY AT THE COMPANY’S GARDENS

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  • Location: Company’s Garden, 19 Queen Victoria Street, Central, City Bowl, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Cost: Free
  • Contact details: 021 423 2919 | 021 444 1901 | [email protected]
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 7am – 7pm in Winter | 07:30am – 8:30 in Summer

Established in 1652 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), the historical Company’s Garden forms a unique oasis in the heart of Cape Town’s inner-city. The Company’s Garden is not only one of the top and most beautiful gardens in Cape Town, it is also home to some of South Africa’s most important landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George’s Cathedral, and the National Library of South Africa, to name a few.

Besides its historical significance, the Company’s Garden has established itself as the ideal escape from the hype and hustle of the inner-city. Boasting a vast array of trees and a diversity of fabulous flora scattered about, the garden offers visitors several shady spots and benches on which to sit back, unwind, and enjoy the peaceful and stunning surroundings.

While wandering the many scenic pathways of the Company’s Garden, you’ll come across several historical features such as historic statues, a Japanese theme garden, a well that dates back to 1842, and a vegetable garden that recreates elements of the original VOC garden. The Garden also boasts a rose garden, a bird aviary, water features, a restaurant, plenty of squirrels running about, and lovely lush lawns perfect for picnicking under the glorious Cape Town sun.

#EAT FISH & CHIPS AT KALKY’S IN KALK BAY

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Deemed one of the BEST and highly sought-after local harbourfront fish and chips spots in the entire city, enjoying a down-right delicious fish and chips feast at Kalky’s in Kalk Bay is an absolute MUST!

Kalky’s is local fish and chips, made the real local way, by real Cape Town locals. Wrapped in a newspaper and served with a hefty dose of salt and vinegar (because that’s the way we do it in the Cape), you will be savoring every single bite – trust us, we know! Paired with a beautiful False Bay and Kalk Bay harbourfront view, it’s pure bliss!

Kalkys’ cool harbourfront setting is every bit as authentic as its incredible fish and chips. No fancy trimmings. No experimental and inventive flavor combinations. Just a laid back, back-to-basics eating area with a big display menu on the wall listing all the fresh and tasty options for the day.

  • Where: Kalky’s | Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
  • Opening times: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 8pm
  • Contact details: 021 788 1726 | [email protected]

In addition to Kalky’s in Kalk Bay, here are a few more of our favorite local Cape Town fish and chips spots you absolutely have to try: The Salty Sea Dog (Simonstown); Fish on the Rocks (Hout Bay); Fish Hoek Fisheries (Fish Hoek); Lucky Fish & Chips (Sea Point).

However, this is merely scratching the surface of the vast array of INCREDIBLE fish and chips shops / restaurants / eateries, and beachfront spots Cape Town has to offer.

**If you’re looking for a few more exciting things to do when visiting and exploring Kalk Bay, here are some great suggestions:

  • Take a refreshing dip in the Dalebrook Tidal Pool and / or Wooley’s Tidal Pool – Take your pick!
  • Go cave exploring
  • Go surfing
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Harbour
  • Explore the quirky streets of Kalk Bay
  • Hike the famous Boomslang Cave – It is a relatively easy hike perfect for novice hikers, families with kids, and adventure seekers – It is known as one of Cape Town’s more adventurous hikes after all. Click here to find out everything you need to know about the Boomslang Cave hike.
  • Enjoy a unique seaside dining experience at the renowned Brass Bell
  • Go on an adventure-filled hike from Kalk Bay to the Amphitheatre
  • Indulge in a rock-your-socks-off ice cream at the famous Ice Café
  • Visit Kalk Bay’s local plant and garden shops – Perfect for head-over-heels plant lovers! The Kalk Bay Garden Shop is most definitely worth a visit!
  • Enjoy a cup of coffee & bite to eat at the iconic Olympia Café & Bakery – While an array of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available, Olympia is renowned for its freshly baked pastries and bread
  • Visit the Kalk Bay Breakwater Lighthouse
  • See the cool and charismatic Cape Fur Seals at the Kalk Bay Harbour. You can expect to see these playful ocean beings draped over the pier walls at the harbour. If you’re eager to see these incredible Cape Fur Seals up close and personal – Kalk Bay Harbour is exactly where you need to be!
  • Go to the Kalk Bay Theatre & the Kalk Bay Modern Gallery
  • Visit the infamous Kalk Bay Expresso – A charming café housed inside a restored Blue Train carriage
  • Pop into the vibey beachside cocktail bar – Cape to Cuba

Check out our ‘Top things to do in Kalk Bay’ blog to find out more about all the incredible and exciting experiences, adventures, and things to do when visiting this cool coastal town.

#GO WHALE WATCHING

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Winter in Cape Town is the best time of year to see Southern Right Whales. This undoubtedly makes going on a whale watching adventure one of the top family friendly things to do in Cape Town during winter – Whale watching is deemed one of the best and most sought-after winter activities / experiences in Cape Town after all!

Every year, between June and November, Southern Right Whales journey to the Cape shores to mate and calve, giving locals and travelers the incredible opportunity to witness these majestic ocean beings in their natural habitat. The Cape Whale Route is a 900-kilometre-long stretch of coastline that extends from Strandfontein near Muizenberg to Plettenberg Bay in the Southern Cape, giving you ample destinations and opportunities to enjoy incredible whale sightings.

Whether you choose to witness these remarkable ocean giants from the shoreline, the perfect ocean view sunset spot or up close and personal on a boat-based whale watching ocean adventure, it promises to be a bucket list worthy experience!

**Tip: Here are the top spots & destinations for whale sightings in and around Cape Town:

  • False Bay coastline
  • Hermanus
  • Cape Agulhas
  • De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve
  • Witsand (also known as “The Whale Nursery of South Africa”)
  • The Cape West Coast: Lambert’s Bay; Strandfontein; Yzerfontein; Langebaan; Paternoster; Elands Bay; Saldanha Bay; Melkbosstrand & Doringbaai
  • Overberg region: Struisbaai; Arniston; Stanford; Betty’s Bay; Gansbaai & De Kelders
  • Cape Town: Llandudno & Hout Bay
  • Garden Route: Stilbaai; Sedgefield; Nature’s Valley

#TAKE A DRIVE ALONG THE CAPE WEST COAST

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Time for a Cape Town west coast roadtrip! Cape Town’s west coast is home to some of the most authentic and charming coastal towns, each offering something unique and exciting to explore and experience. Besides beautiful beaches, stunning nature reserves, and captivating fishing villages, the Cape west coast boasts some of the best local seafood in the entire Western Cape. And that’s merely scratching the Cape West Coast surface!

Considered somewhat of a Cape Town hidden gem, the Cape West Coast is jam-packed with unapologetic natural beauty, a treasure chest of secret spots and hidden treasures and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to a whole new world entirely all without really leaving the city at all.

Taking a trip up the Cape west coast should undoubtedly be on everyone’s Cape Town bucket-list. Not to mention it’s the perfect fun-filled adventure for the whole family.

**Bloubergstrand, Langebaan, Paternoster, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay, Elands Bay, and Yzerfontein are just some of the west coast gems you should visit. Have a look at our ‘Top 5 Places to Visit on the Cape West Coast’ blog to find out more.

#MUIZENBERG BEACH & IT’S COLORFUL BEACH HUTS

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Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, Muizenberg Beach’s laid-back beach vibe, surf’s up approach to life and vibrant energy has made it one of Cape Town’s coolest coastal towns. It also boasts one of Cape Town’s top blue-flag swimming beaches, making it perfect for enjoying a lovely laid-back beach day with the whole family.

Besides its blissful beach status, Muizenberg Beach is home to the famous Muizenberg Beach huts, also known as the retro wooden bathing boxes. These cool and colorful works of art have not only become one of the most sought-after attractions for travelers and photographers from around the world, but it has claimed the title as one of the most ‘Instagrammable’ spots in Cape Town too. This makes Muizenberg Beach and its colorful beach huts a must-visit destination on any trip to Cape Town. Not to mention one of the top fun things to do for under R50 in Cape Town.

**Tip: Muizenberg Beach’s famous Surfers Corner is the best place in Cape Town for surfing first-timers to learn how to surf. If you’ve got ‘Learn how to surf’ jotted down on your Cape Town bucket-list – It’s time to seize the surfing day and surf your very first wave at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner!

#SPEND THE DAY AT NEWLANDS FOREST

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As part of the Table Mountain National Park, Newlands Forest is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest offers a variety of shaded picnic spots that are not only spacious and fairly private, but also have concrete tables, chairs, and fire pits for braaiing. Providing you with everything you need to enjoy a wonderful day out in nature with friends and family. This, together with the tranquility of the forest, makes it one of the best picnic and outdoor braai spots in Cape Town.

If you’re looking to pair your picnic and/or braai with something a little more adventurous, Newlands Forest boasts a variety of incredible hiking trails to explore, ranging from beginner to more advanced.

**Important note: The picnic site at Newlands Forest is closed from June 1st until the 30th of September. This happens every year. It opens again on October 1st but works on a first come, first serve basis. However, when the area is closed off, it can be booked for private functions and photo shoots. For more info on how you can reserve this place for events, contact the Filming and Events office on 021 712 0527.

  • Location: Off the M3 highway, Newlands Forest, Newlands, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
  • Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day; R15 per child, per day; Additionally: R25 per vehicle
  • Contact details: 021 712 0527 | 021 712 2337

#VISIT THE ARDENE GARDENS

Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Arderne Gardens

Photo credit: Arderne Gardens

  • Entrance: FREE | There is however a donation box for Friends of the Arderne Gardens who maintain it.
  • Location: 222 Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town
  • Operating hours: Open daily from 8am – 6pm

The beautiful Arderne Gardens is the perfect picturesque garden escape from the hustle and bustle of the inner-city. Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs, the Arderne Gardens is renowned for its exotic trees and Japanese-style ponds.

Besides being one of the best gardens in Cape Town to visit, this natural gem has become a popular location for fun family outings, picnics in the park and any-time-of-the-day strolls. Its resident ducks, guinea fowl and fish, has made it a real fan-favorite for the kiddies, as well as the adults of course!

There are tons of beautiful walkways that meander through the garden inviting you to sit back and relax and enjoy the blissful solitude. However, if you’re an adventurer and nature lover at heart, the walkways are perfect for exploring all the fauna and flora the Arderne Gardens has to offer.

**Fun fact: The Arderne Gardens is home to the one of the largest trees in Africa known locally as the Wedding Tree.

#HAVE A PICNIC AT TOKAI FOREST

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Situated within the Table Mountain National Park, the serene woodlands of the Tokai Forest boast several stunning picnic sites open to the public. It also has a braai area located on the edge of the Tokai Plantation.

You will need to pay a small entrance fee to access and use the facilities, but once you’re in, the entire forest is open to you, ready to be explored. There are several amazing forested areas that offer protection from the sun, open green spaces, and fixed braai and picnic spots.

For those looking to add a bit more adventure to their day, Tokai Forest has tons of thrilling trails and walking routes for nature lovers to enjoy. The wide open spaces also makes it perfect for families looking to enjoy a fun day out.

**Important note: Occasionally, the smell of food attracts baboons to the picnic area hoping to get lucky. SANParks warns visitors to avoid contact and not feed the baboons.

  • Location: Tokai Forest, Tokai Road, Porter Reform Estate, Tokai, Cape Town
  • Entry fee: Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day; R15 per child, per day; Additionally: R25 per vehicle
  • Contact details: 021 712 0527 | Visit website

#GO TO THE GREEN POINT URBAN PARK

  • Location: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free
Gardens and Parks in Cape Town - Green Point Urban Park

Photo credit: Green Point Park

If you’re looking for the perfect inner-city nature lover’s escape to enjoy a fun day out with friends and family, the Green Point Urban Park is a great choice. Located next to the Cape Town stadium, the Green Point Urban Park boasts an exciting variety of activities for all ages. From an outdoor gym, fun play parks, and lushes lawns for the kids to run around on, to scenic walking trails and cycling paths, there is something for absolutely everyone to enjoy.

The Green Point Urban Park is also a great place to escape for a while, relax and unwind, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy a scenic and tranquil stroll through the garden while admiring the vast array of stunning indigenous flora scattered around the picturesque lakes. Not to mention it’s a great picnic spot, boasting beautiful views of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.

#SEE THE CAPE FUR SEALS AT THE V&A WATERFRONT

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Where there’s a harbour, there will be seals. The fun-loving animals can be spotted at various points, enjoying a quick dip under the turning bridge or chilling on the special seal platform, situated outside the Shoreline Café.  It was built as a collaboration between the Aquarium and its founding partner, SAPPI. Stop for a quick bite, the restaurant has a great kids play area inside.

#EXPLORE THE UPPER LIESBEEK RIVER GARDEN

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  • Location: Upper Liesbeek River Garden, On the Liesbeek River Trail, Newlands, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free
  • Important note: The Upper Liesbeek River Garden is a strict no-litter area – visitors are requested to take their litter home with them. While the garden is dog-friendly, they must be kept on leads and owners are required to pick up their dog’s mess.

The Upper Liesbeek River Garden is somewhat of secret spot and natural gem all wrapped up into one. This piece of nature’s paradise is situated in the heart of (sub)urban Cape Town, upstream of the Paradise Road intersection on the M3. The Protea and window streams meet to form a single peaceful river that runs through Newlands, Rondebosch, Rosebank, and Observatory before joining the Black River and emptying out into Table Bay.

Besides a beautiful river and the peaceful serenity and tranquillity that comes along with it, the Upper Liesbeek River Garden boasts plenty of scenic paths, a stunning diversity of flora, lovely picnic areas and an array of benches where you can sit back, relax and soak it all in. The park is also wheelchair friendly, with access via a wooden ramp, however there are no paved pathways.

**Fun fact: The area is maintained and rehabilitated with donations from the residents of Bishopscourt Village and Fernwood.

#STRAWBERRY PICKING AT POLKADRAAI

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There is nothing quite like munching on some juicy strawberries. Take matters into your own hands by grabbing your bucket and handpicking your selection of this farm’s delicious strawberries. There are also tons to do, especially for the kids, which includes face painting, pony rides and tractor rides.

  • Cost: Strawberry picking from R45 per person

#GO HIKING!

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Cape Town is the ultimate hiking mecca. Boasting a variety of beautiful and thrilling hiking trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, there is something for every avid hiker at heart. Even if you’ve never hiked a day in your life, Cape Town’s thriving hiking scene welcomes you with open arms. Cape Town also boasts a variety of amazing child-friendly hikes, giving families the opportunity to explore and experience the incredible Cape Town outdoors.

Here are some of the best Cape Town hiking trails for beginners that you should absolutely add to your Cape Town hiking adventure bucket-list.

#THE BLUE TRAIN PARK

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Photo credit: The Bluetrain Park

The Blue Train Park has been in operation for more than 60 years. The property is approximately 10,000m2, less than 25m from the Atlantic Ocean with a backdrop of Lions head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain. Now an iconic feature to Cape Town’s beautiful seaside landscape, this park with its miniature blue train captures the youthful fantasies of both young and old.

Besides our famous “Old Lady” Mini Blue Train, the park also has a Mini-Skate park including a 6m half pipe, dirt bike track, cement push bike track, Pedal Push Carts, a 30m zip-line, 2x 8m long slide, see-saws, climbing rock, two Jungle gyms, obstacle course, an astro turf soccer pitch and a bunch of other wonderful play features. 10,000m2 of outdoor seafront front play area for kids to run wild. There is also a small kiosk offering a selection of ice creams, chips, cold drinks, sweets & other yummy treats.

Spending the day experiencing everything the incredible Blue Park Train has to offer is by far one of the coolest family friendly things to do in Cape Town.

**Fun fact: The Blue Train is the only beachfront miniature railway that has survived in South Africa and which is still running. 

  • Location: The Light House, Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town
  • Cost: General Park access is R35 pp (incl 1 Free Train Ride).

Operating times:

  • Summer:Tue – Sun: 9:30am – 6:30pm
    Closed Mondays
  • Winter: Tue – Thur: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
    Fri-Sun: 9:30am – 6:30pm
  • *Open School & Public Holidays 
  • Closed 25/12 & 01/01

#IMHOFF FARM

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Photo credit: Imhoff Farm

A farm outing is always a fun and exciting activity for the whole family to enjoy. Situated in Kommetjie, the expansive space has something for everyone. The kids can play at the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo while the adults relax at the Blue Water Café. Not to mention pop in at the Old Cape Wine Shop before you leave.

Other activities offered include Imhoff Equestrian Centre with outrides on the Noordhoek Beach. Plus a very unique experience – riding a camel! You’ll score brownie points with the kids for the rest of the year. You can also host a kids party at the farmyard.

Visit imhofffarm.co.za for more information.

  • Location: Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town
  • Contact details:  021 783 4545 | [email protected]

#RUSH TRAMPOLINE PARK

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Photo credit: Rush

Rush Trampoline Park two branches in the city. One is situated at Stadium on Main in Claremont, on the third level of the parking lot. The other is in the Greenstone Mall, corner of van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road. Besides the wall-to-wall trampolines, there are also three basketball slam dunk lanes, two dodgeball courts, two long trampoline lanes for epic flips,  plus a battle beam and more.

**Insider info: get free entry with a City Pass

#VISIT OUDEKRAAL BEACH & HAVE A BRAAI

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Tucked away in a sheltered cove between Camps Bay and Llandudno, Oudekraal is not only one of the top beaches in Cape Town, but one of the best braai spots too. It has approximately 40 private braai spots scattered along the lawns above the sheltered cove and sandy beach below.

Oudekraal is also one of the top beaches for enjoying a fun-filled family beach day. The beach is surrounded by large granite boulders that keep big waves at bay, making it the ideal place to swim, especially for the little ones. The water is also calm enough for snorkelling near the shore – adding extra adventure and thrill to a fun family braai and beach day.

**Tip: Because of its popularity and stunning beach location, the braai spots at Oudekraal can get snatched up pretty quickly. It is important to arrive early to secure a top spot.

  • Location: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay
  • Conservation Fees for 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2021: South African Citizens and Residents (with ID): R35 per adult per day / R15 per child, per day | SADC Nationals (with passport): R70 per adult per day / R35 per child, per day | Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign Visitors): R140 per adult per day / R70 per child, per day

#CONNECT WITH THE OUTDOORS

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It’s always a nice adventure to go on a small road trip with your family. Situated on a Stellenbosch wine estate, the Vredenheim Animal Farm is a great outdoor experience. Activities include a petting zoo with farm animals, tractor rides, and thrilling interactions with lions in the Big Cats Park. There are also expansive play areas with jungle gyms and sandpits.

  • Location: Vredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch

#BE A PIRATE FOR THE DAY

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Did you know that there’s a real life pirate ship that sets sail every day from the V&A Waterfront? The Jolly Roger caters to both adults and kids. The ship is commandeered by a team of “pirates”, so for a moment your kids can immerge themselves in a great fantasy world. There’s also a special pirate show. Remember to keep an eye out for dolphins or whales!

  • Location: V&A Waterfront

#VISIT THE NOORDHOEK FARM VILLAGE

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The warm and welcoming vibe and easy, relaxed, everyone-is-welcome atmosphere of the Noordhoek Farm Village makes it the perfect place to enjoy a fun day out with the whole family. Located a mere 25 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, the Noordhoek Farm Village is all about bringing people together to enjoy great food, and great company in a beautiful setting.

The Noordhoek Farm Village is made up of the Foodbarn (one of the only fine-dining restaurants in town that welcomes kids), Café Roux, the Toad in the Village restaurant, two pubs, the Cape’s best bakery, hand crafted ice cream, a boutique hotel, weekly live music, a wide range of shops, a fantastic children’s playground, and large open spaces for the kids to run around and have tons of fun. What more could you ask for? The Noordhoek Farm Village also regularly hosts a range of fun kids’ activities such as puppet and magic show, arts and crafts, and face painting.

  • Location: Corner of Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek, Cape Town