Cape Town For Kids – What To Do
Cape Town truly is a magnificent destination for a holiday, and there is so much to do for families. Tourists are guaranteed great weather for much of the year, with a fantastic coastline to be explored, together with majestic scenery ranging from huge mountain ranges to nature reserves, and interesting tourist attractions.
The following article will give you some ideas how to keep your little ones entertained throughout your Cape Town vacation, so read on for more…
For Sunny Days…
The best way to get around Cape Town and its hinterland and fully explore the area is to hire a car, so check out our car hire Cape Town webpage.
Cape Town is home to wonderful and family friendly beaches, and has an inviting coastline with great watersports and surfing opportunities. Boulders Beach in Simonstown is home to the African penguins and this is possibly the best and safest beach for families and small children. The warm waters are very safe for swimming and the huge granite boulders keep the beach area from any chilly south easterlies – so perfect for a picnic or party with the charming penguins, who are very tame and friendly! Don’t be too surprised if they come up close looking for a snack or two…
A short walk from the Llandudno area is Sandy Bay, a beach noted for its tranquillity and privacy. Clifton beach and the white sands of Camps Bay Beach are other beaches worth checking out. Noordhoek Beach nearby offers horse riding for those inclined plus other watersports.
If you have budding surfers in your family, then take the 45-minute drive from Cape Town to the surfing Mecca of Muizenberg, and hit the waves running!
If your kids are not queasy about going on a boat trip, there is plenty to do in the Cape Town area. Take a boat trip to wonderful Seal Island, offshore from the harbour at Hout Bay. See the plentiful seals in their full glory. Take a glass bottom boat tour out to Duiken Island to see the beauty of the sea and all its aquatic contents!
The Victoria and Albert Waterfront
This is a perfect place to spend time with the kids. You can book a boat ride from the docklands and ride around the stunning coastline. Onshore, there is plenty of street entertainment on the sidewalks from mimers and buskers to keep the kids entertained! Stroll without a care in the world along the docks and marvel at the ships. There are plenty of shops and cafés/restaurants to tickle your taste buds. Museums are aplenty too – The Two Oceans Aquarium is a good place to watch sharks feeding! The Maritime Centre in the Waterfront is a good place to learn all about the shipping history of Cape Town.
The Great Outdoors
What could be better than hitting the great outdoors in the sunshine of Cape Town? We have some ideas here that won’t put a dent in your holiday budget!
Whale Watching – enjoy close up views of the largest sea beasts on display in Hermanus, just under two hours drive from Cape Town. The bay will be filled with mating and calving whales from the June to November period. The cliff path outside scenic Hermanus runs for 12km, and with the town having its very own Whale Crier you won’t miss out on a chance to see these magnificent creatures!
Reach The Mountain Top – Cape Town is home to the fantastic Table Mountain, which dominates the skyline around the city – you will be well aware of this as it is one of the iconic images of the city. A thrilling ride to the highest point of Table Mountain will always be a major hit with the kids. You can further explore the area by visiting Table Mountain National Park, which runs from Signal Hill in the city to Cape Point at the furthest point of the peninsula. There are miles and miles of trails for bikers and trekkers alike. And plenty of area for that marvellous picnic, whilst overlooking the city! The Noon Cannon Gun shoot at Signal hill will be of interest to the small soldiers of your group!
Lion’s Head is another area that you can check out for wonderful views of the city, and fun for the kids. You can climb to the summit as the trek is not as arduous as Cape Town. You have wonderful views of Table Mountain, the Atlantic coastline and the city itself.
You could also take a self drive tour with the kids along the Signal Hill Route. The sunset views are just majestic. There are plenty of pine forests to explore, with hiking trails and picnic areas. Cecelia Forest and Tokai Forest are perfect for a family day out. The streams and nature trails are guaranteed to interest those intrepid little explorers!
Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens is another place for the family to enjoy a day out together. There are picnic areas, paths to check out and mountain trails. Plus some wonderful flora to view, from fynbos the native vegetation of this part of South Africa, and the national emblem of South Africa, the Protea.
Explore the local markets of Cape Town, where you and the little ones can pick up a bargain. You will definitely pick up a souvenir from your Cape Town holiday. Greenmarket Square is at the city centre and everything from wooden gifts to jewellery is on sale here.
There are plenty of animal experiences that will enthrall you and the families in the area. Check out cheetahs and eagles at Spier Animal Park, just off the R130 close to Stellenbosch. You can see the Lion kingdom in all of its glory at Paarl in the Drakenstein National Park. The World of Birds at Hout Bay and Tygerberg Zoo enables you to check out more members of the wonderful animal collections of South Africa and Cape Town!
For Rainy Days…
Rainy days are few and far between in Cape Town but rest assured there is plenty to do in this event.
Museums – There are plenty of museums in Cape Town from the Maritime Museum to the South Africa National Museum. Having family fun and learning at the same time can be a great incentive for the kids – so use this as a reason to visit the museums of your choice! There are plenty of galleries and the South African National Gallery is one of the best places to learn about South African art.
Activites – Head to City Rock, which is an indoor climbing gymnasium. There is a boulders cave with ladder and rope climbs for adventurous children! Go ice skating at Cape Town Ice Station. For the creative kids head to the Clay Café where they can make their own moulds and create their own ceramic piece.
Now you know exactly what to do to keep the kids entertained in Cape Town! Hope you find our guide useful. Been To Cape Town? What would you recommend as things to do for kids there? If you have any suggestions or know of things to do that we have not included in our article please let us know. Your comments and advice is much appreciated. Thank You!