Cape Town is an extremely family friendly city. It is home to some great activities, including the cable car, beaches and the wonderful theme park, Ratanga Junction. Many hotels in Cape Town cater for children, so please enquire with the hotel before you book.
Please note that no children under the age of 18 are allowed in bars, clubs etc. The legal drinking age in South Africa is 18.
The Cape Town Waterfront offers loads to do for the kids and grown ups too. Boat rides, ships moving around the harbour, seals, entertainment and many choices for meals. There are great shopping and markets to be found here as well.
The Two Oceans Aquarium has more than 3000 animals in 9 galleries. Enjoy the Kelp Forest Exhibition, see the fish, sharks and turtles at feeding time and visit the penguins and seals. There is a Children's Activity Centre where the children can watch the seals, puppet shows and have their faces painted.
Also popular is the interactive science museum Telkom Exploratorium. Kids can take a whirl on a gyroscope and a virtual-reality trip in a speeding Ferrari or join a vibrant drumming session at the Drum Cafe or at the Pumphouse.
Scratch Patch Mineral World - in the V&A Waterfront and Simons Town. Considered the "gemstone capital of the world" South Africa has almost half of the world's gemstones. Enjoy "scratching" through thousands of polished gemstones spread over the floors at the Scratch Patch, its great fun.There is also a factory shop from which to purchase high quality stones and various arts and crafts as well as great gifts to take home
Sea Point Promenade stretches from from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay. Walk along the promenade and stop to play at the parks adjacent to the walkway. The kids can play while you admire the amazing sea view. Walk or jog right next to the sea or have a picnic and watch the world go by.
Bikes are available to rent near the end of the promenade where all the food stalls are found. Reward the kids with an ice-cream and snacks. The Pavillion swimming pool has a large kiddie pool and is a great way for the kids to cool down, especially if your accommodation does not have a swimming pool.
A really beautiful example of quality botanical gardens set against Table Mountain and covering a large area. There are many paths and trails to follow, streams to investigate and trees to climb – its picnic heaven or visitors can choose from various eateries indoor or outdoor.
The dinosaur exhibition will enthrall the kids and the drawbridge is a thrilling way to see the Gardens from high in the tree tops.
Newlands Forest and Cecelia Forest as well as the Tokai Forest Arboretum are fantastic for peaceful, shady walks and picnics when the days are hot or the southeast wind blows. Kids will have a lot of fun jumping off logs and also exploring the little streams. There is a coffee shop and mountain bike trails around Tokai Forest.
Silvermine Nature Reserve - on the mountain between Tokai and Noordehoek offers a remarkable drive up Ou Kaapse Weg will take visitors to Silvermine, with its many nature trails and hikes, also magnificent views and clear mountain streams, mountain bikes and dogs are welcome.
The suburb of Hout Bay offers many attractions for kids. World of Birds and Monkey Park is the largest bird park in Africa with tropical landscapes in the Hout Bay Valley. There are over 3000 birds including birds of prey.
Visitors can walk through the aviaries and get close to a variety of birds. There are fun cruises from the Hout Bay harbour to Seal Island or if it’s a rainy day the kids will enjoy the Clay Cafe where they can choose their own ceramic and paint a design.
This is a great exploration for children, they love to climb the stairs or catch the funicular ride to the light house at Cape Point and they can tick off lists of animals while in the Cape of Good Hope Reserve. At the entrance to the reserve there is also a kid friendly and educational Cape Point Ostrich Farm.
Simon’s Town - a harbour village close to Cape Point
See penguins at Boulders Beach. This beach is part of a National Park where the African Penguins live and breed. There are elevated boardwalks which provide excellent opportunities for watching penguins and panoramic views of False Bay. There is also a section for public sunbathing and swimming with maybe a few penguin encounters. This historic and naval seaside village is home to the only Warrior Toy Museum in the world. There are huge displays of dolls, dinky toys, model cars, Meccano, boats and trains as well as other toys.
Learn to Surf - Muizenberg:The beach here is 36km long and is known for its great waves for the inexperienced surfer. While the children get stuck in, parents can take a stroll along the beachfront.
Beaches for kids - along the Cape Point route:
This stretch of coastline is known for its safe beaches and tidal pools the most child friendly beaches are Boulders Beach, St James, Fish Hoek, Kommetjie, Kalk Bay and Glencairn.
Butterfly World is located near Klapmuts, off the N1 towards Paarl. A neat stopover on the highway between the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine routes. It’s an enclosed tropical garden where the butterflies fly freely amongst the water features and exotic plants.
Children will love exploring this magical place. Butterfly World is also home to small reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys, meerkats and lots more.