Cape Town Tourism - Table Mountain

Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre

Giraffe House. Photo courtesy Kevin Law

The giraffe

It may have the longest neck of any animal in the world, but did you know that the majestic giraffe has exactly the same number of neck vertebrae as humans do? There are probably a lot more interesting things you could learn about giraffes by visiting the Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre between Klapmuts and Stellenbosch. Along with giraffes, you’ll have easy access to another long-necked species, the ostrich, as well as eland, crocodiles, birds and buffalo, in large, environmentally friendly enclosures.

Family outing

Giraffe House is located on 15ha of land out in the country, offering city dwellers a break from traffic congestion and crowds. Giraffe House offers the family an opportunity to spend affordable quality time together in the fresh Cape air. Jungle gyms and a giraffe jumping castle are available and a refreshment kiosk and vending machines supply snacks and drinks. Giraffe House is also a fun kiddies’ party venue. Schools and other groups are offered special rates. Picnic baskets are welcome, but alcohol is not.

Directions

This wildlife haven is 39km from the Cape Town city centre. Take exit 39 off the N1 at the intersection of the R304 to Stellenbosch and the R101 to Paarl.

Business hours

Daily animal encounters take place at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00.

Please confirm shows times on Mondays to Fridays as they may vary according to school visits. Guided tours are available on request. Entrance costs R45 for adults, R30 for pensioners and R25 for children (2-15 years). Group rates are available.

Cango Caves

29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well-known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.

Southern Suburbs

The Southern Suburbs are a tourist’s delight. The area, which stretches from the slopes of the Table Mountain range to the False Bay coast, offers natural attractions and a vibrant nightlife.

St James

Just a little further on from Cape Town’s well-known Muizenberg beach is St James. Home to a cluster of well-known and oft-photographed bathing boxes on the beach, St James is a picturesque area that offers beachgoers respite from the westerly wind.

Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.

Macassar Dunes Project

The Macassar Dunes Project is located on the Cape Town coast adjacent to Macassar and Khayelitsha and is bounded by the Eerste River, Baden Powell Drive and False Bay.

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