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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.

Fun Things to do in Cape Town for Families

1. Table Mountain

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.

Views from Table Mountain and surrounds

2. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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. 

Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town South Africa Beautiful places to visit

3. Babylonstoren

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.

babylonstoren farm

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4. Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate

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.

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More Great Ideas for Fun-filled day trips and/or activities in Cape Town (Family-Friendly)

Vacation in Cape Town – Ideas on what to do

  • Boulders Beach to see the penguins colony:  Address:  4 Boulders Place, Secluse Ave, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7995
  • Sunbathe at Clifton on white sandy beaches with spectacular views.  Or visit Camps Bay with its views of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head.  This Blue Flag beach is a popular one amongst locals.
  • Take a tour at SANCCOB in Table View – perfect for all ages and all animal lovers and learn, watch the penguin waddle walk. (22 Pentz Drive, Table View –
  • The South African Museum, Planetarium, and a stroll in the Company gardensAddress:  25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town  (all in one location)
  • Right at the top of the Company Gardens you’ll find Iziko Museum (founded in 1825) – they are open from 09H00 to 17H00 and there are lots to explore.  It sure is one of our favorite museums.
  • A visit to the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town (a bit different from your normal castle in Europe):  Address:  Buitenkant Street, opposite the Grand Parade, Cape Town
  • In the famous and colorful Bo-Kaap, you can visit the Iziko Bo-Kaap museum, one of the earliest homes built in the Bo-Kaap area dating back to the mid-18th century.
  • Groot Constantia dates back to 1685 and is the home of Simon van der Stel, one of the oldest commercial wine farms in South Africa.
  • Walk and play in the Greenpoint ParkAddress:  1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051  (Open from 07H00 to 19H00 daily)
  • Visit the V&A Waterfront and the Two Oceans Aquarium: Address:  Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 
  • Miniature Golf with a sea view in Sea Point.  (AddressBeach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005 – near Mouille Point lighthouse ) Or some glow-in-the-dark mini gholf at Glow Rooms SA in Milnerton. (Tel.  021- 551 2244)
  • Go on the iconic open-top Red Bus and see the whole of Cape Town.  Sightseeing made easy.
  • Go on a harbour cruise at V&A Waterfront.
  • Visit one of the many beautiful wine farms in and around Cape Town and do a few wine tours and tasting.
  • Visit Hout Bay situated at the cliffs of Chapmans Peak, from where you can do the iconic and beautiful Chapmans Peak drive.
  • Go horse riding on the amazing Noordhoek Beach.

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