What’s on in Cape Town this month

This January, celebrate the summer days and nights at some of the city’s most exciting events. Here are our top pick of January festivals and events, so mark them down in your calendar, get your hands on tickets, and get ready to celebrate!

For a complete listing of upcoming events, take a look at our calendar.
Updated: January 2020
Tweede Nuwe Jaar
Tweede Nuwe Jaar happens on the 2nd of January each year. However, in 2020 the Cape Tow Street Parade will take place on Saturday 4th January. It is one of the biggest events in the city, attracting hundreds of performers and thousands of spectators. Performers, known as the Kaapse Klopse, don colourful suits, face-paint, hats, and parasols. They strut their stuff through the streets, with brass instruments and drums, in the traditional ghoema musical style. The center of Cape Town becomes a huge street party for the day.
When: 4 January

Imagine – College of Magic
This show is packed full of wow moments, colour, energy, juggling, comedy and whole lots of fun. Entertainment for the whole family, enjoy a diverse group of young performers who show off their talents and exceptional skills to the delight of the audience.
When: 2 – 8 January

South Africa VS England – Test
The English cricket team is currently touring South Africa from December 2019 to February 2020 to play four tests. They will be doing three One Day Internationals and 3 Twenty20 International matches. The test series they participating in forms part of the inaugural 2019-20 ICC World Test Championship. South Africa VS England at Newlands Cricket Club on the 3 January 2020 for the 2nd test match.
When: 3 – 7 January

Timo ODV, Kyle Cassim, Dean Fuel & Strange Loving at Shimmy Beach Club
Rogue Wave ends off a busy festival season as they go into a new year with arguably their best line-up yet including some of South Africa’s favourite chart-toppers to perform at the event. Summer Sound System is kicking off 2020 in a big way with a full showcase of fire starting smash hit artists at one of the world’s best venues in one of the world’s best cities.
When: 5 January

Jimmy Nevis, Craig Lucas & Paxton Fielies at Kirstenbosch Concerts
November every year marks the start of the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts. The event is a summer staple in Cape Town and makes for some of the best evenings you can possibly have in the mother city. The concerts attract a large and diverse crowd with the music being is as diverse as the crowd.  The summer concerts incorporate picnic-style seating.
When: 5 January
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Jazzathon at the V&A Waterfront
Don’t miss the famous Cape Town Jazzathon and its fabulous artists who will be performing at the waterfront. The Jazzathon returns to the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre which has become a landmark event for Cape Town and takes place every year.
When: 9 – 11 January

L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival 2020
L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has become South Africa’s first-ever multi-day Racing Festival, The event is held over a Friday and Saturday with the main L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate race being held on Saturday. Various hospitality options will once again be available over both race days, including the much anticipated Garden Party being held on Friday, the 10th of January.
When: 10 -11 January

The ABBA Show Cape Town 2020
The ABBA Show is a full-scale theatrical production featuring 2.5 hours of live musical performances featuring a live backing band. Replica costumes, theatrical lighting and effects and all the dancing an ABBA fan can handle so be sure not to miss this event at Grand Arena Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World.
When: 18 January

Classic Car & Bike Show
Come and join the 20th Annual Classic Car & Bike Show hosted by Timour Hall Villa. A wonderful display of vehicles and engines hosted over two days. For all car lovers and anyone interested in seeing these classic cars are welcome to attend.
When: 19 January

Galileo Open Air Cinema – Movies
The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalising treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained. A variety of food, hot & cold beverages are available on location – cash only.
When: 24 January
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Habitat for Humanity Cyclathon
Habitat for Humanity’s Cyclathon is an annual 25- hour fundraiser hosted by school pupils. Live bands perform, a raffle is held every hour and stationary bikes are cycled on in order to raise money that is then donated to Habitat for Humanity.
When: 24 – 25 January

Festival of Rebels 2020 – Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival
The event is much more than your typical Bike Festival. It is a celebration of all things powered by a piston. This two-day motorcycle lifestyle festival showcases the best in live entertainment, over 40 of South Africa’s most loved bands/ DJs over 2 stages to create the perfect rebel atmosphere.150 food/lifestyle/fashion and motorcycle activations that will take place.
When: 25 -26 January

The Mirage Forever Summer Concerts – Feat Matthew Mole
The Mirage Forever Summer Concert’s 4th addition to the season brings you one of South Africa’s biggest singer/songwriter – The one and only Matthew Mole. Join them on the crystal clear waters of the Cape Atlantic seaboard this Holiday Season on SA’s largest and most luxurious yacht, for an unforgettable cruise as we set sail to Clifton Beach where we will experience an unforgettable concert at sea.
When: 26 January

Cape Town 10s
Cape Town 10s is South Africa’s BIGGEST social sport and lifestyle event! Also, one big party featuring some of the country’s biggest and most popular music acts as well as hosting Africa’s largest beer tent. Experience the vibe of 10s that is underpinned by fun, friendships, sports and a couple of cold ones.
When: 31 January

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Eco-friendly mushroom foam packaging

Mushroom-based, biodegradable packaging could soon replace polystyrene/ styrofoam packaging. Styrofoam packaging is an environmental hazard.

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Gorillas, orangutans die in German zoo fire

A fire broke out at a west Germany zoo on New Years eve, destroying an endangered primate exhibit. Only two animals from this area survived the inferno.

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Skywatching lunar events for SA in 2020

South African skies will be bursting with lunar events this year. Mark these dates off in your calendar so you don’t miss out on these celestial spectacles. 

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Addo Elephant National Park

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: The heart of the Little Karoo

At the foot of the towering Warmwaterberg Mountains, you’ll find Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. The reserve boasts an impressive 58 000 hectares of sculpted Cape Fold Mountains, wide-open Karoo plains, indigenous flora and fauna and rare examples of San rock art – some dating back more than 3500 years. Explore a “Big 5” wilderness sanctuary, raw nature and thrilling game drives – all just three hours from Cape Town. The vast landscapes, alluring stillness and luxurious lodges all play a part in what makes Sanbona special.
Thrilling game drives
Travel through the wild landscape with a qualified ranger in a comfortable open Land Cruiser. Game drives take place during the tranquil moods of sunrise and sunset where numerous species of plants, birds, big game and other animals can be seen. Guests are treated to a hot beverage during the sunrise game drives whilst sundowner evening drives offer spectacular displays of light as the sun sets over the Little Karoo.

Luxury safari accommodation
Stay at your choice of three luxurious lodges or a back-to-nature Explorer Camp adventure. Each lodge offers privacy, tranquillity and breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and plains. The Sanbona Explorer Camp combines the opulence of the reserve with a true camping experience by sleeping in mobile appointed tents around a camp-fire.
Serene spa treatments
Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with one of the relaxation retreat therapies exclusive to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Inspired by the surrounding landscapes, the selection of world-class body and beauty treatments promises balance and energise your being.

Ancient rock art
Aside from the array of game and majestic landscapes, another of the exquisite attractions available at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is the ancient rock art. With seven recorded rock-sites depicting the lives and spiritual beliefs of the San and Khoi-Khoi, this is some of the only evidence that remains of the people who lived in the area until 100 years ago.

For more information about Sanbona click here.

Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.

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The top things to do this weekend in Cape Town

Cape Town has a great weekend life, so make sure your stay in the city extends past the week and into the weekend. Most festivals, markets, and concerts take place on the weekend, and the city’s bars and cafes fill up. We’ve chosen some of the best events to check out this weekend. Clear your schedule and book your tickets now.
For a complete list of events, take a look at our calendar.
Updated 30 December 2019

The Galileo Open Air Cinema 
The Galileo Open Air Cinema welcomes you to a magical movie experience of cinematic delights, tantalising treats and breath-taking scenery under a canopy of stars. At The Galileo, when the sun sets the stars really come out, with a glittering line-up of romantic comedies, cult classics, musicals, adventure sports and documentaries that let you cuddle up and be entertained. A variety of food and beverages are available on location. Catch Mrs. Doubtfire on Friday at Steenberg Farm, Steenberg Road Tokai and The Jungle Book on Saturday at Nelson Wine Estate, R44 Windmeul Paarl.
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South Africa VS England – Test
The English cricket team is currently touring South Africa from December 2019 to February 2020 to play four tests. South Africa VS England at Newlands Cricket Club on the 3 January 2020 for the 2nd test match.

Silo Concert Series at the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront’s Silo Concerts Series is establishing itself as a popular platform for creative expression attracting the best local artists and performers for Capetonians and visitors to enjoy. Find your Latin American rhythm at the Puesta Del Sol concert, a sultry evening at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District. The audience can expect an opening act of traditional Brazilian folk music followed by the Argentinean tango, and ending with some hot high energy Cuban Salsa. Professional dancers will encourage the audience to join them and participate.

Jimmy Nevis, Craig Lucas & Paxton Fielies at Kirstenbosch Concerts
The concerts attract a large and diverse crowd with the music being is as diverse as the crowd.  The summer concerts incorporate picnic-style seating. Join Pop singer/songwriter and producer, Jimmy Nevis who will be performing alongside the winner of The Voice SA  2017 Craig Lucas and Paxton Fielies, the winner of SA Idols season 13 live at Kirstenbosch.
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Timo ODV, Kyle Cassim, Dean Fuel & Strange Loving at Shimmy Beach Club
Rogue Wave end’s off a busy festival season as they go into a new year with arguably their best lineup yet including some of South Africa’s favourite chart-toppers to perform at the event. Summer Sound System is kicking off 2020 in a big way with a full showcase of fire starting smash hit artists at one of the world’s best venues in one of the world’s best cities. Catch these artists perform live at Shimmy Beach Club.

 

Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights and browse accommodation now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.

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Top ice cream places in Cape Town

Cape Town’s ice cream is so good and plentiful, you could live off of it for a week (or three) without ever having to visit the same place twice. We’ve done extensive research to narrow down the top ten ice cream spots in town. Eat now, thank us later.
The Creamery
With trusty favourites like Peanut Butter, Rosetta Roastery Coffee, Sea Salt Caramel, Sweet Cream, and 65% Chocolate you’ll always find creamy greatness at one of the Creamery branches in Cape Town. Every month they have a new flavour to try, and try you must! Each branch also has an ice-cream covered treat on offer, like warm waffles in Newlands or freshly baked cookies in Mouille Point. They’re also at popular markets like the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market and the Earth Fair Markets in the CBD on Thursdays, so you have a good excuse to try every flavour.
Website: thecreamery.co.za

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Moro Gelato
If there is one nation who knows how to do things with flair, it’s the Italians. One taste of this Gelato will make you feel like you’re being serenaded by an Italian with your feet in the Trevi Fountain. Their Gelato is freshly made with local produce and spices and their vegan-friendly sorbet might bring tears of joy to your eyes. Their pastel-coloured parlour on Long Street is Wes Anderson perfection and they’re open till late. Plus they have chocolate fountains with dark and white chocolate pouring like a waterfall as you’re reading this. They’re also have a shop in Sea Point and they’re at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market at the V&A Waterfront on Saturdays.
Website: morogelato.co.za

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De Villiers Chocolate
There are at least a hundred reasons you should visit the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, one of the top ten being the delicious ice cream at De Villiers Chocolate. This bean to bar chocolate company focuses on ethically and sustainably sourced products used to make the most incredible truffles, confectionery, chocolate thins, bars and of course, ice cream. They have 15 flavours of ice cream and sorbet to choose from and their own gluten-free cones made fresh daily. Their café also offers chocolate and ice cream tasting so you can really taste why there is no place quite like De Villiers Chocolate anywhere else in the world. Once you’ve tried the ice cream, take a chocolate salami, dark chocolate pizza, or bag of spiced drinking chocolate beans home with you to spread the love.
Website: www.dvchocolate.com

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The weekend weather’s looking good for the Cape Winelands and Spring is in the air…time for fresh fruit sorbets #treatsforme
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Unframed
Unframed puts the “art” in “artisanal” with their ice cream flavours that cater to the sophisticated palette. They also have a big variety for vegans and the lactose intolerant, which has made them a favourite on trendy Kloof Street. Unframed makes their ice cream from scratch using seasonal ingredients, meaning their offering is rich in taste and mostly guilt-free. They have ten rotating flavours with at least two sorbets and three vegan offerings available at all time. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or spicy, you’re guaranteed to find a smooth and tasty flavour to meet your needs.
Website: unframed.co.za

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Gelato Mania
Ice cream lovers will feel right at home in one of the branches of this family-run gelateria in Hermanus, Camps Bay, Newlands, the V&A Waterfront, Green Point, and Stellenbosch. They have bragging rights to the biggest selection of traditional home-made Italian style ice cream in South Africa, so you’re spoilt for choice. They also serve waffles and pancakes as well as diabetic and banting-friendly gelato. Their fruity sorbets are perfect for hot summer days.
Website: gelatomania.co.za

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The Dairy Den
Sea Point’s sweet spot offers delicious soft serves in black Oreo cones that will make you feel like a kid again. Approach with caution though, because once you are there you will most definitely have to try one of their gourmet doughnuts too. The unicorn swirl with its sprinkles and pop of colour comes highly recommended. Their pink Instagram-friendly store on Main Road is just a few minutes away from the promenade. They recently opened a branch in Kenilworth Centre in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs.
Website: thedairyden.com

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Ice Dream
Made without any preservatives, flavourants, colourants or added fats, the gelato from Ice Dream is made with only the freshest ingredients. This gelateria in Hout Bay has dreamy classic flavours as well as some available on special request like Amarula, Roasted Pumpkin, Mascarpone & Almond and Beer. Their dairy free Sorbeto is made with seasonal fruits like sweet melon, litchi, lemon, strawberry and pink grapefruit. Established in 1993, the brother and sister-run gelateria has a recipe for success that has won over many Capetonians and visitors to Hout Bay.
Website: ice-dream-gelateria.business.site

 

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Sinnfull
Fall in love with handmade premium ice cream in flavours like Butter Pecan, Aero, Cookies & Cream, Milo, Saffron & Pistachio and White Choc Poppy Seed. Their freshly baked waffles, brownies, decadent hot chocolate and double thick milkshakes will also have you swooning if you have a sweet tooth. Find them at the beautiful Hout Bay Harbour behind the Snoekies.
Website: sinnfull.co.za

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Las Paletas
When you think of ice cream you might not necessarily think of ice lollies, but Las Paletas’ artisanal lollies are sure to change that. Their handmade artisan sorbet and dairy lollies are made in small batches using 100% natural products like real fruit, herbs, spices, and nuts.  With flavours like coconut lemonade, pineapple, and chilli and gooseberry cheesecake, you best be prepared for something quite extraordinary. They’re stocked at many popular shops and restaurants around town, so you can grab a few and head to the beach where you’re bound to make everyone around you have food envy.
Website: laspaletas.co.za

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Venezia Ice Cream
This unassuming spot on Sea Point Main Road offers jaw-dropping ice cream as well as Belgian waffles, Bar One or chocolate covered Strawberry milkshakes, pancakes and hot drinks. They’ve been around since 1954, so you know they know what they’re doing when it comes to creamy and dreamy delights. Their scoops are huge, meaning you get great value for money and you get to live the dream just a little bit longer.
Website: venezia-ice-cream-parlour.business.site

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Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights, browse accommodation, and rent a car now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.

For inspiration and insider tips, follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. Tag #lovecapetown to share your pics with us, or subscribe to our newsletter to get the best Cape Town has to offer sent direct to your mailbox. 

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Tidal pools in Cape Town

3 October 2019
Summer in Cape Town is the time for melting ice creams on sun-baked shores, beach balls bouncing between friends and kids splashing about. The pools are free and safe from sharks and strong tides, and there are nineteen in Cape Town where the whole family can play and splash about in safety. Here are some of our favourites!
Dalebrook
Set between the railway lines and ocean, this shallow pool is beautiful and a family-favourite. The water is slightly warmer here and the pool is mostly sheltered from the wind, meaning you can sunbathe and swim to your heart’s content. Nearly halfway between St James and Kalk Bay, this pool is surrounded by things to do and places to see so you can make a day trip of it.

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Maiden’s Cove
Flanked by mountains, boulders and the ocean, the bigger of the two Maiden’s Cove pools is where you can make memories with the whole family. The area has braai and picnic facilities so you can fill up with freshly braaied meat and potato salad after a refreshing swim. As moms would warn you, just remember not to swim on a full stomach!

 

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St James
With the colourful bathing boxes as a backdrop, the St James tidal pool is a quintessential Cape Town location. On sunny days it gets warm and busy, so the people-watching possibilities become endless. Go early to avoid the crowd and even try a sunrise swim if you’re an early bird. With the railway and main road nearby, this is an accessible and popular area to explore.

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The cutest most colorful beach there ever was 🏖 #stjames #beach #beachhuts
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Camps Bay
Driving along Victoria Road, it’s easy to see why Camps Bay is one of the most postcard-perfect beaches in town. It’s no surprise this pool on the Atlantic Seaboard is one of the most popular as it has a magnificent view of the beach and the Twelve Apostles.

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Wooley’s Tidal Pool
This tidal pool on the coastal road between Kalk Bay and Clovelly is great for swimming and appreciating the natural beauty of the area. There’s a smaller splash pool for kids and an area for the real swimmers.

 

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Soetwater
The two Soetwater pools on Lighthouse Road in Kommetjie are close to picnic and braai facilities so you can socialise and swim in the same picturesque area. The second pool also has a nearby environment centre which is great for school groups and families who love to learn about nature. You’ll need to pay a minimal fee to enter the Soetwater Resort, but it’s well worth it.

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Silverstroom
Take a day trip to the West Coast and enjoy a getaway to this striking tidal pool where you can swim, braai, and picnic like there’s no tomorrow. You’ll find this pool in the Silwerstroom Resort just off Westcoast Road, about 13km north of Melkbosstrand. The area is rich in biodiversity so you’ll be able to enjoy the view of the plant life and sea from this spot.

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Glencairn
The idyllic suburb of Glencairn, about 4 km north of Simon’s Town, is home to the lesser populated Glencairn tidal pool. It’s a favourite amongst swimmers, snorkelers and sunbathers and for good reason. It’s also close to the train station, so easily accessible if you want to have a dip and then walk about the neighbourhood.

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Sparks Tidal Pool
According to the City of Cape Town this pool is “known as one of the country’s best and most tranquil whale-watching and braai spots”. It’s located on Clarence Drive in Gordon’s Bay, and you can stop over at the nearby Spark’s Bay Beach where you can braai, picnic, and fish.

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Sunsets from the End House tidal pool ❤
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Buffels Bay
Pack your bather when you head to Cape Point and take a dip in their Buffel Bay tidal pools once you’ve explored the area and taken in the awe-inspiring views. You can picnic in the area and appreciate the sheer cliffs from a different angle on the beach. You’ll need to pay the Cape Point entry fee, but locals can get great discounts with a green card. The City Sightseeing bus also goes to Cape Point, which has the makings of a perfect day out  Cape Town-style.

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Many #CapePoint visitors head straight to the lighthouse, which is undeniably spectacular. But don’t forget to go down to sea level as well. There are amazing beaches, tidal pools and braai areas throughout the reserve, including this one at Buffels Bay Beach. The perspective on the point and old lighthouse in the distance also makes this a fascinating from this vantage point. #capetown #beach #lighthouse
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For more information check out the City of Cape Town site or give them a call on +27(0)21 788 1929.

Planning a trip to Cape Town? Book flights and browse accommodation now to get the best rates. The Cape Town City Pass gives you access to over 70 of the top Cape Town attractions, tours, and things to see and do, including the popular hop on hop off City Sightseeing bus.

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What to do with kids this summer in Cape Town

The end-of-year holidays are a great opportunity to spend time showing your children some of the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer. There are theatre productions and exhibitions, and activities ranging from learning to surf to tobogganing on dry land. Here are ten things to do in Cape Town with kids this summer.
Updated November 2019
Garden fun at Kirstenbosch
Pack the kids, the picnic, and the blanket and head off to Kirstenbosch, acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. In summer, there are plenty of shady spots to spread that blanket. The whole family—from grans and granddads right down to the smallest family member—can enjoy the rolling green lawns and beautiful surroundings. A “walk in the trees” along the tree canopy walkway known as the Boomslang is a thrilling activity that children will enjoy. Picnics can also be pre-ordered from Moyo or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.
When: 8am-5pm daily
Website: sanbi.org

V&A Waterfront
A visit to the V&A Waterfront is a no-brainer for people with kids. In fact, you could probably fill a whole holiday with all activities available here! There are countless specials to keep your little ones happy: you can grab a free voucher booklet at the info kiosk. The Two Oceans Aquarium never fails to impress, and there are also a number of kid-friendly restaurants and playgrounds, and the amphitheatre offers performances on most days to entertain people of all ages. Check out their other kids’ activities on their website.
When: 9am-9pm daily
Website: waterfront.co.za
Learn to surf at Surfers Corner
Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is recognised as one of the best beaches to learn to surf. There are several surf schools here offering lessons to aspiring surfers from the age of 4 to 94. The beach is lovely for swimming and sandcastles, and parents will enjoy the great beachfront restaurants and coffee shops. It is weather-dependent, so always phone ahead to see if conditions are good.
When: Most schools are open 8am-5pm
Website: There are a few options, like garysurf.co.za;  learn2surf.co.za; and stokedsurfschool.com

Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park
Visitors from the Northern Hemisphere will be familiar with tobogganing, but at Cool Runnings, the activity has a Southern Hemisphere spin. There is not a snowflake in sight—instead, you’ll hurtle down a stainless steel track under the summer sun. You can choose to ride in a two-person toboggan and you control the speed, so it’s a great activity for all ages.
When: Weekdays 11am-6pm; weekends 9am-6pm
Website: coolrunnings.capetown
Movie night at the Galileo Open Air Cinema
There are few things more exciting for kids than being out at night under the stars watching one of their favourite movies. Their family-friendly offering is huge this year. Enjoy golden classics like The Sound Of Music and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial as well as modern day hit animations like Trolls and Moana. The entertainment doesn’t stop there-vibey music, interactive games and an on-site mini-market serving up delicious food and snacks add to the unique bucketlist experience.
Furthermore, Sunday movie-goers at Kelvin Grove Club in Newlands will be treated to face-painters, jumping castles and child-minders with a host of activities and games set to keep the kiddies thoroughly entertained.
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays
Where: Various venues – check out their website for full details
Website: thegalileo.co.za

See the penguin colony on a sea kayak trip
Children over the age of 10 can join a parent in the 2-person kayak for this unique marine adventure with Kayak Cape Town. The route goes along the stunning coast from Simon’s Town jetty, towards Boulders Beach where you enjoy a unique view of the African penguin colony. You might even see the birds up close, darting through the water or sunning themselves on the coastal boulders. The activity is weather-dependant so it’s a good idea to call ahead.
When: Daily trips leave at 8.30am
Website: kayakcapetown.co.za

Imhoff Farm
For a fun-filled day outdoors pay a visit to the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Here, kids can play a round or two of laser tag or paintball. Laser tag welcomes kids six and up. Camel rides are a popular activity as well. The snake park is filled with weird and wonderful reptiles, and the Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard is where the kids can feed the ducks and goats. The Blue Water Café has a wonderful outdoor wooden jungle gym where parents can grab breakfast, lunch, or drinks while the little ones have a great time.
When: All year round – check website for opening times of various activities
Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Acrobranch Adventure Park
This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides an action-packed day of tree-top adventures for visitors of all ages. The Acro-twigs course is perfect for kids, with onsite safety guides keeping a close eye. Kids between three and six can tackle nine obstacles that will test their abilities and provide a heap of fun. The setting in the Constantia Nek forest is idyllic and it’s close enough to the Constantia Winelands to combine the day with some wine estate visits for the adults as well.
When: Wednesday to Sunday, school holidays and public holidays; 9am-5pm
Website: acrobranch.co.za

Artjamming
Let your children unleash their inner Picasso at Artjamming, where kids are entertained in a creative and safe environment. They have a great holiday programme for children of all ages, but Artjamming is not just for children. Adults can join in too so it’s fun for the whole family.
When: Open all year but the holiday programme runs from 13 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
Website: artjamming.co.za

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