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Top 5 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town

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Two kids sitting on porch steps in the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa

Exploring the Bo-Kaap neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the perfect playground for families to explore and connect. Affectionately known as the “Mother City”, even this nickname suggests an open-arm welcome to children of all ages. Cape Town offers more than its popular V&A Waterfront, its white sandy beaches and spectacular Table Mountain with hidden experiences begging to be discovered. Whether you are a family of three or a multi-generational group looking to bond in one of the best cities in the world, this list of things to do is just the start.

1. Enjoy the Penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguin on Boulders Beach in Simon's Town, South Africa

Penguins on Boulders Beach near Cape Town, South Africa

Without a doubt, one of the most popular spots in the Western Cape is Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town. A stop to visit the penguin colony is impossible to resist, and for a good reason. Step out onto one of nature’s playgrounds, sure to entertain and inspire travelers of all ages. The raised boardwalk winds along the beach for several options to view huddles of penguins young and old. Watch them go for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or sleep the day away under a bush.

2. Take a Walk in the Clouds

Family enjoying the view from the top of Table Mountain in South Africa

Family hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

Combine exercise and incredible beauty with a hike up historic Table Mountain, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature that feels like the top of the world. Climb at a leisurely pace and stop along the way to take in your surroundings. Not only is the mountain itself stunning, but so is the expansive city below. We recommend early morning starts and catch the cable car down when you are ready. Take your time to enjoy it all, as the trail and mountain are yours to explore.

3. Visit a Winelands Farm

Gardens at Babylonstoren in the winelands of South Africa

Gardens at Babylonstoren in the winelands of South Africa

A working farm situated between the Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl, Babylonstoren has something to offer every member of the family. Famous for its vegetable and fruit gardens, it draws crowds daily as guests marvel at the expanse and beauty of this setting. Hands-on experiences for children such as feeding the donkeys, baking bread with the local baker, riding a bike around the property, and simply running around the gardens searching for feathered friends ensures that everyone will find something they enjoy.

4. Wander the Kirstenbosch Gardens

Blooms at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

Blooms at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa

The first thing you will notice as you approach the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is its setting. Hugging the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the Gardens are noticeably one of the most spectacular in the world. Explore at a leisurely pace, enjoy a picnic under a giant Yellowwood tree, or go in search of art sculptures located on the grounds. Don’t miss the centenary tree canopy walkway, subtly strung between the trees, 39 feet off the ground, running through the arboretum. The bridge is narrow with a wider viewing and shady spot offering more space for pause. The gradient is gentle and spans approximately 400ft in length.

5. Explore the V&A Waterfront

Cape Town V&A Waterfront with Table Mountain, South Africa

Cape Town V&A Waterfront, South Africa

A visit to the V&A Waterfront offers restaurants, shopping and boat excursions families can enjoy together, however rounding up a day at this Cape Town highlight couldn’t be more complete than ending with a visit to the popular Two Oceans Aquarium. The Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of marine life whilst learning all about the habits and habitats of all sea life. Engage in a hands-on experience or simply step back and marvel at a few colorful creatures.

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Cape Point Diaz Beach on the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

Cape Point, South Africa

These five things to do in Cape Town is just the beginning, and the options are endless. Your Zicasso travel specialist can curate your time in Cape Town to suit the interests and preferences of your family, and the perfect day out is within everyone’s reach. Ready to learn more? Fill out a Trip Request or call our Traveler Care team at 1-888-265-9707.

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