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July 03, 2009

More exciting activities for Cape Town’s kids this winter


Noordhoek Beach, photo courtesy Damien du Toit

Enchanted Garden

1 Devon Air Close
+27 (0)21 785 4600

If you want an escape that is close to home but far from your everyday life then head for Enchanted Garden, an exclusive chalet and cottage on a spacious property at the foot of Chapman’s Peak in Noordhoek. Enchanted Garden is close to the magnificent 7km (4mi) Long Beach stretch with its breathtaking scenery. Over and above the quaint country atmosphere, the Noordhoek area has a lot to offer kids, including restaurants (try the child-friendly Noordhoek Farm Village), a shopping mall (with movies and a Spur), horse-riding and (in neighbouring Kommetjie) camel rides.

Enchanted Garden boasts a family of hens, geese, guinea fowl and rabbits which roam all over the property. It is a common occurrence to observe black eagles, hawks, owls and meerkats in the area. You will also find yourself in the company of five miniature horses, two Great Danes, a poodle and a dachshund. There is a koi and goldfish pond, as well as a large duck pond. The property has an entirely indigenous garden incorporating a wide variety of protea species.

Enchanted’s owner, Sonia Jacka, has written about all the animals on the farm on the www.enchantedgarden.co.za news page, so you can get to know them even better. Older kids will enjoy the billiards table and board games in the entertainment area too.

Sonia is an artist and will offer drawing workshops for children and teens on request.

Slattery’s at Oude Westhof 

Oude Westhof Village Square, Van Riebeeckshof Road (just up from Tygervalley Road)
+27 (0)21 913 7753/4

Housed in an expertly restored 1886 farmhouse at the bottom of the Kanonberg Mountain in the northern suburbs, this restaurant and its old oak trees are part of our National Heritage.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (Tues – Sat) and for breakfast and lunch on Sundays with a full children’s menu. An outdoor play area makes it a perfect spot for families.

If your child’s birthday falls in the winter months, this is a great space to have a birthday party. Slattery’s offers a full party service including catering, entertainment, face-painting, tent-building and more – both indoors and out.

Learning about wildlife at Giraffe House


Photo courtesy Duncan McKinnon

Giraffe House
Directions: c/o R304 to Stellenbosch and R101 to Paarl (see www.giraffehouse.co.za for map).

Please contact us on +27 (0)21 884 4506 to confirm shows for the day.
Also note no credit card facility.

Giraffe House is home to a beautiful one-year-old giraffe called Gerry. She was orphaned at a few days old and is still bottle-fed ... 16 litres of milk a day! 

She stars in the soon-to-be-released movie Free Willy 4 alongside Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter).

There are also many other African wild animals to see at Giraffe House, like crocodile, eland, buffalo, ostrich, zebra and camel. Giraffe House’s mission is to teach everyone about our wonderful African wildlife heritage.

Daily animal encounters take place at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00, showing snakes, birds, tortoises, Gerry’s bottle-feeding or an agility demonstration by a caracal called Felix. 

Please note that winter is “wellington boot time” at Giraffe House as paths can get a bit muddy. So pack a picnic and come and enjoy a day in the wild.

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