This is truly a special experience! Visit the famous colony of African Penguins near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point and learn more about these fascinating creatures. Children will love the penguins and their antics. There are wooden walkways which allow visitors to view the penguins in their natural habitat. Boulders beach is also worth a stop for safe and enjoyable swimming.
Noordhoek Farm Village is an enchanting and ideal destination for families set under shady oaks. It offers a child friendly environment with a children’s playground and open space with restaurants catering for the little ones. While you relax at leisure, let the kids play in a safe, secure environment – don’t be surprised to find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks and rabbits roaming the gardens and open public spaces!
The “Cape Point Ostrich Farm” next to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Cape Point National Park) is a productive breeding 65 ha farm which opened in 1996. Being a breeding farm, everything is done to comfort and accommodate 40 breeding Birds and our facilities can accommodate up to 800 birds. They live in big open spaced camps to ensure that there are always plenty of eggs to incubate.
Guided Tours are available and you will be familiarised with the life cycle of our ostriches – all the way from egg to adult ostrich and you get to see our breeding station. A wide variety of ostrich eggs and exquisite ostrich leather products are available.
Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the oldest farm in South Africa and combines a wildlife sanctuary with family entertainment. The Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard is home to some very friendly farm animals which roam freely, including goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and pony. Kids will love to ride the donkeys, camels and feed the farmyard animals. There are three camels available for rides, gentle enough for your kids to enjoy and the jerky two metre ascent will keep things exciting. You are welcome to join them for the ride too.
Kids can see the goats being milked in the Milking Parlour. Kids can also get close to snakes and reptiles in the Snake Park. Parents can enjoy great food at the restaurant while kids enjoy the Jungle Gyms and Face Painting. The restaurant has a lovely enclosed garden with a large lawn area and jungle gym.
The beautiful Kirstenbosch gardens in Newlands, Cape Town is the ideal setting for kids to run around aimlessly. A great variety of birds inhabit the gardens, lawns are intermingled with stream and ponds which will keep the kids amused as they explore these immaculately kept gardens.
In Simons Town you can visit a museum showing all kinds of war toys – the only one worldwide. Find a variety of antique toys such as dinky toys, Meccano model cars, boats, trains and others. If you are a collector of toys, have children travelling with you or would like to take a present or two back home, then do not miss this museum.
Scramble & Search for Gemstones! A fun family activity, where the kids and parents will have fun rummaging through thousands of tumble-polished gemstones. Kids will be kept entertained searching for their favourite shapes and colours as they decide which treasures to bring home. South Africa is one of the leading producers of gemstones in the world. There are two outlets, one at the V&A Waterfront and the other in Simon’s Town where the factory is situated. In the gemstone factory you can view how the stones are tumbled, processed and polished to produce the final product.
Africa’s largest Bird Sanctuary in Hout Bay offers a delightful experience for all ages and it’s a spectacular introduction to birds and small mammals for young children. With more than 3000 bird species and 450 small animals in natural surroundings, visitors are able to walk through the aviaries and experience close-up encounters with cranes, guinea fowl, monkeys and meerkats, owls and eagles. The World of Birds reserve includes birds of South Africa as well as exotic birds, including ostriches, cormorants, pelicans, penguins, parrots, eagles and other various kinds of birds. The sanctuary also cares for injured birds and is a breeding centre for threatened species.
A fun cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island to see the large colony of South African fur seals. Watch them bask on the rocks or frolic in the freezing water of the Atlantic. This is great fun for kids of all ages.