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Guide to Cape Town for Families

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Cape Town is a great place for families, since there are so many entertaining attractions to choose from here. Even better, these family-friendly sights will appeal as much to grown-ups as they do to kids.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller

9 Places

6 City Tips

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9 Places

Table Mountain

Mountains

Two Oceans Aquarium

Aquariums

Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

History Museums, Observatories & Planetariums

Butterfly World ZOO

Zoos

Boulders Beach

Beaches

Duiker Island

Islands

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Gardens

Spier Wine Farm

Wineries & Vineyards

Natalie R's City Tips

  • Cape Town is a great place to be outdoors, so pack plenty of sunscreen and hats for both kids and adults — the African sun is more potent than you think.
  • The kids will love playing games like "Who can spot the most lighthouses?" or "Who can spot the most animals?" You're sure to see lots of both!
  • It’s easy to get around to most of the big sights on one of the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses in the city. There are a few different routes to choose from.
  • Public transport (buses, trains, metrorail) is limited in Cape Town, but cars are easy and affordable to hire, and cabs are affordable too.
  • The public spaces in Cape Town are clean, safe, and beautiful, so don’t hesitate to skip another restaurant lunch in favor of a picnic with the kids.
  • It's a common practice to leave a 10% tip at restaurants and bars, and to tip the informal "car guards," who will insist on watching your car while you are away from it.
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    Table Mountain
    Mountains
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    Natalie R Says:

    It hasn't been named one of the New7Wonders of Nature for nothing. The views from Table Mountain are spectacular, and you really do feel on top of the world when you visit this world-famous peak. There is a decent restaurant at the top too, as well as many cute dassies (rock hyrax/badger) for kids to spot.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Buy your cableway ticket online or arrive early during peak season (Oct-Mar), since the lines can be really long during this time of year.
    • In the summer months, there are special reduced rates for early birds. Check the website to find deals.
    • Make sure you bring sunscreen, as the African sun can be harsher than you think (even in winter).
    • Stick to the paths and don’t wander off — the weather can change quickly, and it’s easy to get lost on top of the mountain.
    • You can hike to the top with kids older than 12; the journey will only take a couple of hours. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take enough water.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Table Mountain National Park
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great visit on a sunny day 13/12/2017
    • Great hike and worth the view 12/12/2017
    • Table Mountain
    Address:
    Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens,
    Table Mountain National Park 8001
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 81 762 5551
    Other:
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    Two Oceans Aquarium
    Aquariums
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Two Oceans Aquarium is both beautiful and educational, and there are many interactive exhibitions for kids to touch and engage with. Adults are bound to love it too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can catch shark feedings on Sundays at 3pm, or see the cute African penguins eat daily at 11:45am and 2pm.
    • While you're there, make sure you take your kids on the big wheel, or grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants.
    • Near the food court, there is a huge kids' play area with child minders — so you can take a short breather and enjoy the atmosphere.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 230 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It is fantastic 13/12/2017
    • nice for kids 13/12/2017
    • 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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    Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Greenpoint Stadium hosts tours in addition to a variety of sporting events and concerts, but it's really the adjacent Greenpoint Urban Park that is the highlight here. Beautiful and well maintained, this public park offers plenty of space for kids to run around and play in the fresh air.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the sunshine and sea breeze (the ocean is only one road away!)
    • The gorgeous red-and-white lighthouse near the entrance on Beach Road makes for some great photos!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 230 things to do in Cape Town Central
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rugby Sevens 2017: decent stadium, but..... 12/12/2017
    • V good 12/12/2017
    • Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium)
    Address:
    Vlei Road
    Cape Town Central 8051
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 430 0410
    Other:
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    Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium
    History Museums, Observatories & Planetariums
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium museum is located inside the Company's Garden, which is home to many historic sites. The South African Museum is the oldest museum in the country, while the Iziko Planetarium will transport you through space.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Don’t forget to get the kids a packet of peanuts and take them squirrel-viewing in the Company Gardens. See if you can spot the elusive white squirrel — he is world famous!
    • There are various shows, so parents can enjoy star-gazing while kids can learn about the sky in an interactive kiddies' show.
    • This is a perfect activity for rainy or windy days.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 230 things to do in Cape Town Central
    • Brilliant! 05/12/2017
    • Very wide range of animals on display 26/11/2017
    • Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium
    Address:
    Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street
    Cape Town Central
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 481 3800
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Butterfly World ZOO
    Zoos
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    Natalie R Says:

    Located out in the Winelands, Butterfly World is the colorful home to hundreds of butterflies, as well as other creatures like birds, monkeys, and tarantulas. It makes for a great visit, year-round.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • LGBT
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to go on a sunny day, since the butterflies will be more active than when it's overcast.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Klapmuts
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outing 04/12/2017
    • Not bad, but not what the name suggests 24/11/2017
    • Butterfly World ZOO
    Address:
    Route 44
    Western Cape
    Klapmuts 7625
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 875 5628
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$5
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Boulders Beach
    Beaches
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    Natalie R Says:

    At Boulders Beach, you can take a dip in the slightly warmer water — and see thousands of super-cute African penguins.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This beach is particularly safe for kids since the huge boulders shelter the waters from currents and waves.
    • Always be mindful not to touch or disturb the penguins, since they are an endangered species — also, they bite!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Simon's Town
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • nice experience 13/12/2017
    • Penguins everywhere with beautiful coast 13/12/2017
    • Boulders Beach
    Address:
    Kleintuin Rd
    Simon's Town 7995
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 786 2329
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Duiker Island
    Islands
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    Natalie R Says:

    A boat trip out to Duiker Island — or 'Seal Island,' as it's known to locals — is fun for the whole family. Boats take off from Hout Bay Harbour, a beautiful and quaint area where you can take a walk on the beach, enjoy a fish and chips lunch, or shop for good-quality local arts and crafts.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For older kids and adults, the experience of diving with seals is a truly wonderful one! You can arrange this through Animal Ocean.
    • There's a great ice cream stand at the harbor.
    • Just around the corner is the Hout Bay Harbour Market, which is open on weekends and is a great place to shop, eat, and catch some live music.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 23 things to do in Hout Bay
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Seal time! 28/09/2017
    • Sea Life Viewing 19/09/2017
    • Duiker Island
    Phone:
    +27 21 790 7278
    Other:
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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
    Gardens
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens have won international awards for their beautiful variety of flora. The Tree Top Canopy Walkway in its grounds is 130 meters long and offers a bird’s-eye view of this gorgeous sight. It's also sure to capture the kids' attention!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The walkway is free, although you have to pay to enter the garden.
    • If you're in Cape Town in summer, catch one of the weekly summer concerts held in the park — they feature local bands and see thousands of locals attending.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newlands
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A must see if you love Botanical Gardens 13/12/2017
    • Fantastic Kirstenbosch 13/12/2017
    • 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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    Spier Wine Farm
    Wineries & Vineyards
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    Natalie R Says:

    The Stellenbosch Winelands have many wine farms that are family friendly, among them Spier Wine Farm. Not only does this winery offer several playgrounds dotted around its grounds, but it even has a bird-of-prey sanctuary that you can visit while you're there.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Other fun family activities in the Winelands include cycling, Segway tours, and strawberry picking.
    • Order a picnic basket and enjoy a bottle of wine while the kids explore.
    • Do your research, as plenty of other farms offer kid-friendly facilities ranging from play areas to interactive gardens to child-minders.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 146 things to do in Stellenbosch
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Eat, Drink and Buy 08/12/2017
    • Beautiful 05/12/2017
    • Spier Wine Farm
    Address:
    Annandale Road
    Stellenbosch 7600
    South Africa
    Phone:
    +27 21 809 1944
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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