Recently I was asked to share my recommendations for how to spend 48 hours in Cape Town…but as it was the school holidays I didn’t get around to meeting the deadline BECAUSE we were too busy spending time enjoying the city we call home!
Yes, as soon as the school holidays hit we were off… exploring, adventuring and discovering the best fun to be had for kids.
Truth be told I love the school holidays… yes I know, they aren’t fun for everyone. Three whole weeks of winter weather and kids trapped indoors can be a recipe for disaster, except, when you set out to make the most of the time. Then you’ll find that they can actually be awesome.
But I digress… the point of this post is actually to share with you my suggestions for what to do if you have 48 hours in Cape Town…. with a twist!
What to do if you have 48 hours in Cape Town and are travelling with kids…. as recommended by my kids! Two more loyal and well-researched Cape Town for kids ambassadors you won’t find!
Firstly some background. My kids have lived in Cape Town all their lives. They don’t know how lucky they are. Added to that is the fact that I get invited to enjoy all manner of fun activities with them which means they are pretty well versed in what fun there is to be had here… My son is almost 10 and my daughter 6 so take that into account too.
48 hours in Cape Town… for kids!
Our suggested itinerary…
City Bowl & Waterfront
09:00 – 11:00
Top of Table Mountain (Abi, 6)
First things first, you want to get to the top of this iconic Cape Town landmark and if the weather is good, go there first! It can change on the hour. Take a trip via the Cableway during it’s current Kidz Season and you’ll get 2 free tickets for under 18s if you purchase 1 adult ticket!
12:00 – 14:00
Two Oceans Aquarium (Abi, 6)
Kids love discovering the wonders of the underwater world at this world-class aquarium. We have literally gone every school holiday for years and they still look forward to it. Plus they’ve recently opened a few new exhibits so even if you’ve been before, now would be a good time to go again!
14:00 – 17:00
Just outside the aquarium is the main bus stop for the “double decker” bus tours of the city. These types of tours are a great way to see the sights of a city if you’re only in town for a short stay. My kids love seeing these busses around town and are always very excited to take a trip on the top of one of them. The same company also offers short harbour boat trips in the V&A Waterfront and we loved our recent trip where we managed to spot seals and get up close to the boats.
08:00 – 09:00
Surfing lesson at Muizenberg Beach (Ben, 10)
Head down to this iconic beach for an early morning surfing lesson with one of the many surfing schools located just opposite the beach. These are some of the easiest waves to learn on and you can hire surf boards and wetsuits so no need to lug those along. Just brace yourself for the rather frigid sea… and the occasional shark siren!
09:30 – 10:30
Once you’ve mastered the art of surfing, continue down towards the small fishing village of Kalk Bay. Here you can stop at The Ice Cafe for a delicious ice cream and then meander up the back streets, via various interesting little shops, to the Kalk Bay Park. The park is great for kids of all ages with plenty of lawn, shade and even a cute little coffee shop right opposite offering chairs and tables in the park so parents can get their caffeine fix while the kids run riot.
11:00 – 13:00
A visit to Simonstown’s Boulders Beach (Ben, 10)
On your way to see the penguins at the world-renowned Boulders Beach you’ll enjoy beautiful views across False Bay. Stop off to see the Just Nuisance statue in Jubilee Square and browse a few of the African curios on sale, then continue on towards Boulders Beach. Once you’ve walked the boardwalk to see the breeding birds, carry along the walkway to the beach itself and unpack your beach bags. This beach is the best in Cape Town for toddlers as it’s a calm little cove with no big waves and is small and intimate so you can sit on your towel and watch them waddle in the water without a worry… and the occasional penguin might swim by too which is a great treat!
13:30 – 15:00
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie (Abi, 6)
If you’re not in the mood for lunch on the beach, head over Red Hill to Kommetjie and pay a visit to Imhoff Farm. This is a great spot for kids and parents alike offering magnificent views over the back of Table Mountain and Noordhoek Beach. The Blue Water Cafe serves delicious food plus there is a playpark, a farm animal petting zoo, a reptile park AND camel rides. No one will be bored!
15:30 – 17:00
A walk around Silvermine Dam (Ben, 10)
Walk off the lovely lunch with a stroll around Silvermine Dam. This is located on the top of Ou Kaapse Weg, a road that cuts through the heart of Table Mountain Nature Reserve. It’s a beautiful secluded slice of nature right in the middle of the city and it’s well worth a visit for the views, beautiful fynbos flora and peaceful setting.
08:00 – 10:00
Sea Point Promenade (Abi, 6)
Start your Sunday (or day 3) by taking a leisurely stroll along the endless seafront promenade in Sea Point. This is a favourite for locals who you will find roller-blading, skate-boarding, bike-riding, yoga-posing, gymming and generally just have a good time! Along the route you’ll find plenty of play parks for the kids as well as a small kiddies train known as the Little Blue Train and an outdoor ice rink and maze. A game of miniature golf (known as Putt-Putt) is a South African staple which the whole family can enjoy!
After a leisurely morning take a slow drive down the Atlantic Seaboard coast, through Hout Bay and over Constantia Nek to the…
11:00 – 13:00
Bike Track at Constantia Uitsig (Ben, 10)
You might find yourself needing to get rid of some excess energy before boarding a flight, so in that case head to the bike track located at Constantia Uitsig wine farm… Kids of all ages (and adults too) will enjoy this amazing mountain bike track (even toddlers can try their skills!) Bikes and helmets can be hired at the entrance. And if you’re not a biker (like me!) you can drop the kids off and walk across the car park to enjoy coffee or brunch at Open Door Restaurant or a quick wine tasting if you’d prefer!
And what if it happens to be raining I hear you ask… well we have one more suggestion for you then!
Cape Town Science Centre (Ben, 10)
This is an educational, but no less fun, outing for all kids. They offer interesting workshops, an interactive building centre, loads of informative displays, a camera obscura tour and daily live experiments. There’s always something going on and my kids love this outing. And, as this is not one of the usual tourist spots, you’ll get to meet lots of locals!
There you have it… 48 hours in Cape Town with kids, according to the experts, my kids!
I hope you’ll find that Cape Town offers loads of fun… and most of these options are great, with kids or without!
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