August 19, 2014
5 Amazing Sightseeing Experiences for Mini-Travellers in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Whoever said sightseeing was just for grown-ups?
In beautiful Cape Town, we love welcoming little globetrotters too and offer some of the most amazing scenic experiences at great prices for families to enjoy together.
From informative Peninsula bus tours to thrilling boat rides and exciting gondola style jaunts above the City, there is just so much for your young ones to see and do in our family-loving Mother City.
Plan your budget family vacation to Cape Town and remember to book these 5 amazing sightseeing experiences for your mini-travellers:
Keen to introduce your inquisitive offspring to the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Cape Town without breaking the bank? City Sightseeing Bus Tours, our favourite resident red hop on hop off sightseeing operator has an amazing deal for you to do just that.
Their fantastic 3 for 1 deal, which runs until 31 October 2014 sees two children travel on their busses or boat cruises for free with every paying adult.
What’s included? Tiny adventurers get their own kids channel with fun titbits on Cape Town and a free activity book.
For breath-taking views and exhilarating treasure hunts at the top of a Wonder of Nature, you can’t do better than the iconic Table Mountain.
The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is once again rocking its awesome Kidz Season until 31 October which allows two tiny thrill seekers to ride the cable car free with every paying parent.
Valid on weekends and public holidays, this cost-effective experience gives your darlings a chance to see cute dassies up close and of course, endless views of the sprawling Mother City below.
What’s included? A super cool treasure hunt map and a sweet treat from the Shop at the Top.
Cost: R 215 per adult (ticket office only)
Location: Lower Cable Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town
Website: www. tablemountain.net
Ghost ship hunting, shipwreck viewing and gravity-defying rides are sure to impress your kids at the legendary Cape Point!
Make a day of it and come and explore this iconic attraction with your family – from the 26 ship wrecks on display along the coastline to picnics and swimming spots at the Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools, there is so much to do
If you haven’t spotted the spooky Flying Dutchman ghost ship yet, be sure to hop on its namesake, the Flying Dutchman Funicular for a gorgeous ride to viewing top, just below the impressive Lighthouse.
We recommend: Stay the weekend in the Cape of Good Hope Park and treat your family to a luxurious camping experience at the Eland or Duiker Cottages. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: R 50 to R 105 (Cape of Good Hope entry) and R 22 to R 52 (Funicular tickets)
Location: Cape Point
Huge, luscious green lawns, a bubbling brook a magical garden and a thrilling snake-shaped walkway… Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a child’s exploratory dream.
Located in the leafy suburb of Newlands, this World Heritage site is the ideal weekday or weekend spot for families. From hosting special kiddies’ workshops during the Capetonian winter school holidays to family-friendly summer concerts, the Garden caters for the whole family.
We recommend: The newly erected Boomslang Walkway, which offers 360 degree views of the Garden and surrounding suburbs.
Cost: R 10 to R 45
Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Newlands
Treat your children to an exciting boat ride and the opportunity to see these gorgeous sea mammals and more on Duiker Island.
Your 40 minute chartered cruise leaves from Hout Bay harbour to Duiker Island, the Seal Colony beneath the well-known Sentinel Mountain where you can view thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment …and trust me, you’ll want to see them, they’re SO cute!
We recommend: Pop by the Bay Harbour Market for lunch and live musical entertainment on weekends.
Cost: R 25 to R 75
Location: Hout Bay to Simon’s Town
Website: www. boatcompany.co.za
Keen to see and do more in the Mother City on your next family visit? We have your 100 Epic Winter Things to do in Cape Town.