You don’t need to go far in Cape Town to have fun with your family. Here are just a few of the activities and adventures you can enjoy together in and around the city centre.
Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium
The southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place of two mighty and bountiful oceans, the Indian and the Atlantic. The Two Oceans Aquarium showcases the incredible diversity of marine life found in these two oceans, with over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins.
Watch the Noon Gun being fired
The Noon Gun has been a historic time signal in Cape Town, South Africa since 1806. It consists of a pair of black powder Dutch naval guns, fired alternatingly with one serving as a backup. The daily noon gun is Cape Town’s oldest living tradition and the two guns used are the oldest guns in daily use in the world.
Go cycling in Sea Point
Discover the Sea Point Promenade by bike. Pedal with ease as you cruise along the stunning Cape Town coastline from the popular seaside suburb, through the prestigious and exclusive Clifton, and to the affluent holiday destination of Camps Bay, lodged between paradisiac beaches and the Twelve Apostles.
Paddle around the Waterfront
A visit to Cape Town is the perfect opportunity for your family to discover the fun and easy sport of stand up paddleboarding, known as SUP. A gentle 3km paddle around the sparkling canals of the Waterfront is the ideal introduction to SUP and offers spectacular views to boot. Read about what it’s like here.
Whizz up Table Mountain Cableway
Take the five-minute cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain, 1 089 metres above Cape Town, and explore the summit. Soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay, the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains and the rest of the Table Mountain National Park.
Zoom down Table Mountain on a Scooter
Jump on a Monster Mountain Scooter and free wheel down Table Mountain and Signal Hill, enjoying Cape Town’s breath taking views in a fun and active way. Scooters are non motorised making this an eco friendly adventure, and children 10 years old and up can ride their own scooters. Read about what it’s like here
Explore Kirstenbosch Gardens
The most beautiful garden in Africa sweeps down the lower slopes of Table Mountain in a riot of wide green lawns, fantastical fynbos and jewel-like sunbirds. A visit to Kirstenbosh is a wonderful way to become aquainted with the smallest but most abundant floral kingdom in the world.
Splash in the waves
All it takes to sandboard is a positive attitude, a splash of sunscreen, a few basic instructions and you will be blasting down a sand dune in no time at all. Anyone can enjoy sandboarding as long as you are fairly physically fit.
Take a refreshing dip
The cool Atlantic waters around the Cape are perfect for a refreshing swim on a hot summer’s day. The best beaches for families include: Muizenberg (also great for a surf lesson or to buy the latest and trendiest beachwear), Fish Hoek (a safe beach for the younger kids) and Boulders Beach to swim near the penguins (get there early though as it gets crowded by mid-morning).
Wine farms where the kids have fun too
Our favourites include: Spier for grape juice tasting and Vergenoegd for the duck parade. Estates with plenty of space to run and great kids lunch menus head to is Marianne, Vergelegen, Lourensford, Leopard’s Leap and the Delicatessen at Tokara. For a relaxed picnic on a warm summer’s day, Warwick is ideal – book a private picnic ‘pod’ space and pack towels and swimsuits for the kids as they will love the water fountain.