Cape Town is full of possibilities, yet when it comes to school holidays parents eventually hit a dead end thinking of ways to keep the kids entertained during the winter break.
2023 – Let us help you plan your school holiday to-do list with some great ideas to add to your itinerary when visiting the Cape Town Big 6 attractions.
The Mother City offers a wide range of family-friendly activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. Here are a few ideas to add to your list:
Table Mountain Cableway
Spoil your kids with a Table Mountain Aerial Cableway trip! Table Mountain dominates the skyline of Cape Town and is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and a must-visit destination for tourists. Here are some additional points to consider if you’re planning a trip to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway:
- The cable car ride to the top of the mountain takes about 5 minutes and offers breathtaking views of the city and coastline.
- Several hiking trails are available for visitors who prefer to explore the mountain on foot. Some of the popular routes include Platteklip Gorge, India Venster, and Skeleton Gorge.
- Table Mountain is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including over 1 400 species of plants and several species of animals.
Head to the V&A Waterfront for shopping, dining, and entertainment options, including the Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Wheel, which has recently been moved to a new area in the neighbourhood.
The Two Oceans Aquarium has a variety of marine life, including sharks, penguins, and turtles. The aquarium is home to over 8,000 marine animals, representing over 200 species.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a must-visit spot for anyone looking to enjoy the beauty of nature. This school holidays, the Garden will be offering children 17 years and younger FREE entry as part of their Winter Wonders campaign. Winter Wonders will run from 24 June – 17 July 2023, with exciting workshops, activities, and events taking place in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. If you’re feeling peckish, head to the Kirstenbosch Tea Room, open daily from 09h00 – 16h00, or check out Moyo Restaurant, open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11h00 – 18h00; Tuesday from 09h00 – 18h00, and Saturday and Sunday from 09h00 – 18h00.
Get ready for an unforgettable winter adventure this school holidays! From June 24 to July 17, 2023, the ‘Kids R King’ specials at Cape Point will be available. Families can anticipate exclusive deals with the Flying Dutchman Funicular, the Two Oceans Restaurant, the Food & Beverage store, and curio shops.
Cape Point is a renowned destination in the Western Cape, popular for its breathtaking views, funicular ride to the old lighthouse, and the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve with its variety of flora and fauna and hiking trails. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a history buff, or just looking for a fun day trip this school holiday, Cape Point is definitely worth a visit.
Groot Constantia is the oldest wine-producing farm in South Africa, located in the lush Constantia Valley. Here are some things you can experience at Groot Constantia:
- Wine Tasting: Groot Constantia boasts a variety of award-winning wines that you can taste in their historic wine cellar. You can choose to do a traditional wine tasting or pair your wine with chocolate.
- Cellar Tours: Take a guided tour of the historic wine cellar and learn about the wine-making process, from grape to bottle. You can also visit the museum on the estate to learn about the history of Groot Constantia.
- Dining: Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants on the estate, which offer a range of cuisine and stunning views of the vineyards and mountains.
Robben Island Museum
Robben Island is a significant landmark that holds a special place in South Africa’s history. A visit to the museum is a great opportunity for kids to learn about the struggles of apartheid and the importance of fighting for freedom and human rights. The Island is located just off the coast of Cape Town and can be reached by ferry. A standard tour of Robben Island includes a visit to the prison cells, the tour guides are often former political prisoners themselves, adding a personal touch to the experience.
With the Cape Town Big 6 you can look forward to the most beautiful scenery, explore the Cape’s rich history and culture, and have thrilling experiences this winter. Cape Town has a lot to offer, and this list is only a small overview of what you’ll find with the Cape Town Big 6 attractions. You can find more details on specific places, times and prices on our website.
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ONE DESTINATION, SIX UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.