Going away on vacation with your children can be a rewarding experience – as long as they have lots of activities to keep them busy. We’ve selected the top 8 things to do in Cape Town with your kids.
1. Butterfly World
Experience flutters of paradise in the Western Cape Winelands at Butterfly World’s tropical garden, which houses butterflies from as far as Costa Rica and the Philippines.
2. Two Oceans Aquarium
A trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium is a magical journey for both young and old. With more than 3 000 enchanting sea animals, like fish, sharks, turtles, octopi and birds, this underwater kingdom can keep everyone enthralled for hours.
3. Strawberry Picking
Spend a day picking plump, juicy fruits with the kids at one of the several Winelands-based farms that open up their berry fields to the public during the season, from October to December each year. Most notable is the much-loved Mooiberge Farm which rests between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
4. The Giraffe House
This wildlife awareness centre is just 39km from the centre of Cape Town, and is not only home to the tallest animal in the world (the giraffe), but also the smallest and biggest antelope and many other buck, birds and reptiles as well.
5. World of Birds
Burgeoning bird enthusiasts/nature photographers will go wild for World of Birds. As the largest bird park in Africa, it has over 3 000 birds and small animals, 400 different bird species and 100 walk-through aviaries; plus, there’s a playground and picnic area right next to the flamingos!
6. Cheetah Outreach
Give you little cubs the chance to encounter one of South Africa’s most majestic wild cats at this conservation and outreach centre that is also home to small predators, like servals and foxes, and Antolian Shepherd dogs.
7. Downhill Adventures
Older kids with a bit of a thrill-seeking streak will be tamed by all the amazing activities that Downhill Adventures has to offer. The extreme sports hub’s highly trained staff champion sand boarding, surfing, mountain biking excursions and much more.
8. Imhoff Snake Park
This reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre makes for a great day trip, and is home to fascinating snakes, like a 3.5-metre yellow anaconda, Mozambique spitting cobra and the African Rock Python, as well as a few other reptiles and birds.