All good things, like a fun-filled family outing in Cape Town, starts with the mountain. And it is not because we think it is the one and only thing to see in Cape Town… No as a matter of fact there are loads of fun things to see and do. The only reason is actually that there are so many things to do around the mountain. So it is quite centrally located for a wonderful day out in the Cape.
For instance, you don’t have to go up the cableway to the top of Table Mountain, but it sure is a nice and amazing experience. In my opinion, this is something you should not miss out on. So let’s start with all the family options that not only cater to the kids but for the adults as well.
Secondly, I could recommend Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. For any garden lover, this is paradise. For any family with kids, this is freedom. Furthermore, for any nature lover, this is peace and for all “experience-hunting” travelers, this is where you should stop first. Without a doubt, the views are spectacular. Particularly after they have added the “Boomslang” walkway which now gives you a treetop walking experience with even more beautiful views. This is also very popular with birdwatchers as the trees are filled with birds all around. The walkway is perfectly safe for small children under supervision and moms with baby strollers can comfortably stroll along. With this in mind, grab a blanket and a few treats from the deli and you will have a very affordable family day with a picnic in the gardens. During summertime, the summer concerts in the gardens are very popular.
Babylonstoren is a wonderful place to explore for both kids and adults. Being one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in Cape Town, it boasts a Farm Hotel, Bakery, and the famous Babel Restaurant. I believe kids would enjoy exploring the well-maintained and huge fruit and vegetable gardens. During our last visit, we saw the largest ever pumpkins growing in one of the veggie patches. Something kids don’t often see anymore. I would recommend you check in with the farm on what’s happening, as at certain times of the year you would be spoiled with a spread of blossoms or lavender or clivias and so many more. Every time you visit Babylonstoren you will see something different in the gardens: In my opinion a truly exceptional experience. But check out this video of the famous Monty Don visiting the beautiful gardens. Read more about our visit.
When visiting one of the oldest working wine farms in South Africa, you can expect some beautiful heritage architecture like the Cape Dutch homestead dating back to 1773, but a surprise awaits you at Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate.
In my view it is an experience you just have to do once in your life: Attend the Runner Duck Parade.
According to their website, an unbelievable 1600 Indian Runner ducks make out part of the farms’ pest control. Undoubtedly the best wine farm experience I have ever had and to the great delight of kids and adults alike. With huge trees to sit under and food from the Deli or a picnic bought on the farm, you cannot go wrong. On the day we visited the farm they had live music and the atmosphere was really relaxing. The kids enjoyed the play park as well.