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Cape Town with children 11-16yrs

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Cape Town is one of the most diverse cities to visit. Whatever your interest or adventure, you will find it here. The most beautiful nature scenes, extreme or leisurely fitness activities, history and architecture of various types, brands and labels to shop for in upmarket stores or just market stalls and every kind of food dish you could be craving. Locals frequent many of the touristy spots and vice-verse. We are spoiled for choice. I thought I'd aim for visitors with young teenagers as they can be hard to please!

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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10 Places

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas, Neighbourhoods

Cool Runnings

Theme Parks

Two Oceans Aquarium

Aquariums

Strand Beach

Beaches

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

Melkbosstrand

Destinations

Spier Wine Farm

Wineries & Vineyards

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Tramways

Simon's Town

Destinations

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town

Hotels

Bernadette A's City Tips

  • Be prepared for any kind of weather. It changes frequently from one area to the next. Sunblock, sun hats, warm long sleeves and water to drink are essentials for a day out in Cape Town. Be vigilant. Opportunists are everywhere, like any city anywhere in the world. Do not leave your valuable belongings unattended, including your children. Do not believe every story someone tells you that involves sharing your money. It is most likely not true! Make use of the locals. We enjoy sharing our love for the city and would like to assist you as best we can. We are a friendly bunch. Be aware that tipping in restaurants starts at 10% of your bill, but need not be as low if your server was attentive and friendly. If your group exceeds 6 people, the gratuity will most likely be added to your bill. Should you wish to take your purchased wine along to the restaurant, the corkage fee can range from R20 to R50 per bottle. Reservations are advised to avoid disappointment. Should you be driving a rented vehicle and need to fill your car with fuel, the attendants at the petrol stations will clean your windscreens, check your tyre pressure and ensure you have sufficient water and oil. The general rule is a thank you "tip" of R5 or more. Certain areas of Cape Town are certainly unsafe after hours and best avoided. Walking around areas such as the Waterfront, Camps Bay and Sea Point are fine in the evenings and later nights but walking on beaches like Clifton and Llandudno at night are not recommended unless you are in a big group. Signal Hill is great if you are driving in a car at night, but if you'd like to exit your vehicle, ensure there are many people milling around or keep driving to maintain your safety. Be adventurous and try new foods. If venison (kudu, sprinkbok and ostrich) is foreign to you, give them a try and eat like a local. Cooked well, they are both delicious and very healthy as these meats contain very little fat. We differ from European countries with regards to shopping. We are able to purchase our plastic bags or bring our own (as the Europeans do). We also hand our credit cards to the cashiers at most restaurants and stores instead of inserting them into the card machines ourselves (as the Europeans do). Never let your credit card out of your sight. Card skimming is happening everywhere. Do not allow yourself to be distracted and do not fall for scams. Be cautious.
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    Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Piers & Boardwalks, Marinas, Neighbourhoods
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    Bernadette A Says:

    You could spend the whole day at the V&A Waterfront. Start with breakfast at one of the hotels, like the Table Bay or the Cape Grace. If you'd prefer something lighter and aim for a big lunch, why not try Vida E Cafe for a delicious coffee and a pastry or sandwich? Lunch or dinner has to be eaten at Den Anker, a Belgian eatery that also offers a huge selection of beers. Reservations are essential, especially for dinner. The Cape Grace hotel offers a high quality afternoon tea, which is highly recommended. The V&A mall offers much for shopping enthusiasts. Entertainment includes movies, The Cape Wheel for a spectacular view of the Cape Peninsula, all kinds of boat rides from a leisurely catamaran and champagne to a jolly roger pirate ship tour. You could go to Robben Island from here. Purchase tickets online or on the day. Walking tours with a guide is available, just book in advance. There is more history than one realises here at the Waterfront.Various music shows and performances are lined up at the amphitheatre and buskers offer a selection of entertainment as you amble around, ice-cream in hand in the summer season. In winter time the indoor activities will be warm and wonderful. Check the website to see what's happening when you visit. The Two Oceans Aquarium lies within the V&A Waterfront and is highly recommended, even for teenagers. The red bus city tours are available from here - either the red or blue tours. Tickets are also available online or at the kiosk opposite the aquarium.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Don't bring too much to carry. It gets very hot in the summer and you want to be able to spend a long time walking around. Be aware of opportunists. Keep your valuables close to your person and do not let your children wander where you cannot see them. Do not flash your cash. Be sure to take photographs of yourself in front of the Table Mountain backdrop and look out for seals swimming lazily around you.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 225 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots of fun 22/05/2017
    • Busy with great atmosphere 22/05/2017
    • Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
    Address:
    Breakwater Boulevard
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 408 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Cool Runnings
    Theme Parks
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    Bernadette A Says:

    Cool Runnings offers fun that you don't find everywhere. It's fast and furious if you want it to be or calm and casual for a relaxed ride. It's offered to families and groups of friends and children usually don't want to leave.

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably and apply sunblock in the summer days. While you are in the area, visit Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre up the road for a bite to eat and some casual shopping for the children for toys, books, music, gadgets and clothes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Bellville
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun, fun and more fun 22/05/2017
    • What a jol! 20/05/2017
    • Cool Runnings
    Address:
    Off Carl Cronje Drive
    Tygervalley
    Bellville 7530
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 949 4439
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Two Oceans Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Bernadette A Says:

    Good for children of all ages, even teenagers and parents. Don't rush and enjoy each exhibit. Snacks and cooldrinks are for sale once you are inside the aquarium. Find out what time the penguins and sharks are being fed and also when to watch the puppet shows if your children are young enough (up to 8 years).

    Good for
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get your hands stamped as you enter so that you can return later that day if you want to, without having to pay again.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 225 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Magical 22/05/2017
    • An attractive attraction 22/05/2017
    • Two Oceans Aquarium
    Address:
    Alfred Basin, Dock Road
    V & A Waterfront
    Cape Town Central 8002
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 418 3823
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Strand Beach
    Beaches
    Bernadette A Says:

    About an hour from Cape Town, Strand Beach offers warmer water than the beaches closer to Cape Town. It's great for younger swimmers as the waves aren't very big. Body boarders can catch their waves though.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Find out about the wind factor before going as it can get too bad to enjoy the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Strand
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful beach, enjoyed by all! 22/05/2017
    • Sunset at Strand 21/05/2017
    • Strand Beach
    Phone:
    +27 82 320 5999
    Other:
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Bernadette A Says:

    Travel here either with the Red Bus Tour (blue line) or with a tour guide or by rented car. Bring your own lunch and picnic blanket or visit Moyo restaurant for an African experience. For light snacks and very good coffee, try Vida e Cafe. Note that you may not bring any chairs of your own as they will not be permitted in order to protect the grass. You will need to take your rubbish back with you as there are no rubbish bins in the garden so that rodents and monkeys do not frequent the area.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you have clothing with you that can keep you warm and cool as the weather changes frequently. Things to do include breakfast/lunch/scones/snacks, exploring and hide-and-seek, a canopy tree-top walk called the boomslang (tree snake), picnic setting, relaxing, hiking, bird-watching and plant study, tadpole hunting and on Sunday evenings in summer you could enjoy a music concert (purchase tickets).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • highlight of our time in Cape Town 22/05/2017
    • Gardenwalk 21/05/2017
    • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Address:
    Rhodes Drive
    Newlands 7700
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 799 8899
    Price range:
    US$4 - US$4
    Other:
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    Melkbosstrand
    Destinations
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    Bernadette A Says:

    The water is cold, very cold but the views are amazing and the setting is good for families as there is grass to sit on before you reach the sand of the beach. The parking area is right at the beach which means easy access to the car should you have left something behind. The bathroom facilities are basic and only for the desperate. There are outside showers for those wanting to rinse off the sand and sea water. Ice creams are for sale, which is always welcome.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • In close proximity to the shops and restaurants, you need only bring your beach gear and then head off for lunch nearby.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Melkbosstrand
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    Spier Wine Farm
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Bernadette A Says:

    There is so much to enjoy at this farm located near Stellenbosch, about an hour from Cape Town. A deli and restaurant, so choose to picnic or have a seated lunch or dinner. Take a Segway tour around the estate (book in advance) or the normal walking tour. Visit the Eagle Encounters and experience birds of prey at their best, albeit rehabilitated or rescued and not able to survive elsewhere. The shows are a must-see. The market stalls offer a variety of purchases at reasonable prices. Also on offer is wine tasting/purchasing. Come to Spier and take your time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably and be prepared to spend some time.If you have children/teens with you, take a ball or two, there is a lot of space. There is lots to do. Don't rush it.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 140 things to do in Stellenbosch
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great wine 16/05/2017
    • The Segway Tour is a must! 15/05/2017
    • Spier Wine Farm
    Address:
    Annandale Road
    Stellenbosch 7600
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 809 1100
    Other:
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    Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    Tramways
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    Bernadette A Says:

    You cannot visit Cape Town and not go up with the cableway. It's weather dependant so make sure you have an available few hours for this must-see. Tickets can be purchased online and sometimes there are specials available, like two children free for the price of one paying adult. Take a camera, some money for coffee and cake and a warm jacket and be prepared to be amazed at what you will find once you reach the top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The wind and weather at the summit is chilly and can change within minutes. Always be prepared and be very cautious not to venture beyond the marked points. The little creatures you see sunning themselves on the rocks are called "dassies", rather large rats. Please do not feed any animals. Also be prepared to wait on busy days. The queues can get rather long.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 225 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Speedy summit! 22/05/2017
    • For those short on time 21/05/2017
    • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
    Address:
    Tafelberg Road
    Lower Cable Station
    Cape Town Central 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 424 8181
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Simon's Town
    Destinations
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    Bernadette A Says:

    The drive to Simon's Town is beautiful. It can also be reached by train from Cape Town station. This train departs rather early so plan in advance to avoid disappointment. The tracks literally run along the ocean - breathtaking. Once in Simon's Town, the walk from the train station into the town centre is easy. I find this town picturesque. The South African Navy is based here. Tours of a submarine are available and booking is required. Various historical museums are located in this town. A penguin colony is also protected here at Boulders Beach and an entry fee is charged if you'd like to take a peek as well as enjoy the beautiful, secluded beach and rocks. Lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are available at various restaurants. Some art galleries are available for browsing and market stalls are placed here and there for souvenirs. Bartering is encouraged, but do bear in mind that most of the artists travel a fair way to exhibit and most of them have large families to care for.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Dress comfortably as walking is encouraged in this pretty naval town. In the months of April to September, whales can be seen playing in the ocean. Binoculars might be an option. Swimming at the various beaches are available.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    • Simon's Town
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    Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
    Hotels
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    Bernadette A Says:

    The views from this location are astounding. We've spotted dolphins and seals in the ocean close to the hotel and restaurant. It's located within walking distance from Sea Point, Mouille Point and the V&A Waterfront. If you are not staying at this premier hotel, do pop in for cocktails or pre-dinner drinks or lunch. It's not cheap in any way, but it is a worthwhile spoil, especially on a beautiful day.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk from the hotel onto the quay and down towards the dykes. Watch the speedboats and luxury cruisers. In winter, the setting is a little more grey but still beautiful and worth a visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic 21/05/2017
    • Awesome Stay! 20/05/2017
    • Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town
    Address:
    100 Beach Road
    Granger Bay
    Cape Town Central 8005
    South Africa
    Phone:
    011 27 87 551 7150
    Other:
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